PUBG Starts Testing Free Version to Better Take On Fortnite

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    Fornite may be the undisputed king of the gaming world right now, but PUBG, the title that kickstarted the Battle Royale craze, may have a trick up its sleeve to reclaim its popularity: Bluehole is testing a free-to-play version called “PUBG Lite,” which was designed to run better on lower-end hardware and feature “exclusive content, including maps and other features that will eventually trickle down from the paid game.”

    For now, PUBG Lite’s beta will only feature Erangel, the original PUBG map, along with Solo / Duo / Squad options. The beta is only available in Thailand, which the company will be using as a test case to decide whether to expand PUBG Lite to more regions in the future. While PUBG was reportedly the top-grossing “premium” game last year, making $1.035 billion according to analyst firm SuperData, the fact that users have to pay to play puts it at a significant disadvantage to Fortnite, which is free for anyone to play.
  2. sleepybp

    sleepybp Limp Gawd

    Feb 5, 2014
    Why don't they optimize the original PUBG?
    This game is so poorly optimized. I usually run around at 115 fps (1070ti 1440P medium), but in fire fights my fps can chop down to 55 or less.
    So frustrating....
  3. JR688755

    JR688755 n00b

    Feb 20, 2018
    I agree that optimizing would be the better solution. I’m afraid that this could end up splitting up the PC player base.