PUBG Mobile and its toned-down version – PUBG Mobile Lite – are among the most played battle royale titles on the mobile platform. These games have witnessed substantial growth after their releases and amassed huge numbers worldwide.
But in September, a ban was imposed on these prominent titles in a significant move, alongside 116 other Chinese apps and games by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
After these games were suspended, the fans and players hoped for their revival in the country. Subsequently, PUBG Corporation announced they no longer authorized the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India.
There were also reports of PUBG Corporation partnering with several companies for the games’ comeback, which provided the players with glimmers of hope.
Finally, a few days back, the PUBG Mobile fans heaved a sigh of relief as PUBG Corporation announced a particular Indian version of the game, but it was not the same for users of the toned-down version.
Future not bright for Indian PUBG Mobile Lite players
The official press release by PUBG Corporation provided details only of the Indian version of PUBG Mobile and did not have much for players of the toned-down version. It did not shed any light on the availability of PUBG Mobile Lite in India, which has left the fans of the title puzzled and dejected.
The lack of clarity about the future of the title in the country has created queries in the player’s minds, and some took to Twitter to find the answers.
PUBG Mobile Lite doesn’t have any region-specific version
PUBG Mobile has multiple region-specific versions that are published by other companies, rather than Tencent Games. The Korean version is published by PUBG Corporation, while the Vietnamese and Taiwanese iterations are published by VNG Games Publishing and HotCool Game.
But in the case of PUBG Mobile Lite, there is nothing as such. It has only a single version that is published by Tencent Games worldwide.
Also, the installation size of PUBG Mobile has been reduced to 610 MB, which could potentially mean that PUBG Mobile Lite players with mid-range devices who, due to only the storage constraint, couldn’t try the better version of the game before can now potentially take it up.
PUBG Mobile Lite in the country cannot be entirely written off as the game has a substantial player base and enjoys a significant presence in the country. But it seems likely that PUBG Corporation is trying to adopt the one-game model in a few countries, which will satisfy both sets of players.
All that the Indian PUBG Mobile Lite fans and players can do is wait for official confirmation about their beloved BR title’s future and availability in India.Published 18 Nov 2020, 16:21 IST