PUBG Mobile is a free-to-play battle royale video game developed by LightSpeed & Quantum Studio, a division of Tencent Games. It is the mobile game port of the original PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). The game was released on 19 March 2018 for iOS and Android. It was renamed Game for Peace in China and Battlegrounds Mobile India in India.
It was published by multiple publishers in different regions, including Krafton, Tencent, Level Infinite, VNG Game Publishing and HotCool Games. By December, 2021, PUBG Mobile had accumulated over a billion downloads while grossing over $7.2 billion, making it one of the highest-grossing mobile games.
PUBG Mobile features gameplay similar to that of the original PlayerUnknown's Batttlegrounds. Players parachute down to a remote island and fight to remain as the last player standing, competing alone or in teams of two or four, depending on the gamemode selected before the match. Each match lasts about 30 minutes.
The game begins with the participants flying in a plane over one of many possible maps, also selected before the match. As they cross the map, players choose where to parachute down. When the plane finishes its flight, a blue border forms around the perimeter of the island, marking the boundary between the safe zone and the exterior blue zone. The safe zone shrinks every few minutes, and anyone left in the blue zone will steadily lose health as long as they remain there, potentially to the point of death. The rate of health loss increases when the safe zone shrinks.
When players first reach the island with no supplies or weapons and must find them around their environment or from other players. In general, better weapons and equipment are found in more dangerous parts of the map. In addition to the regular shrinking of the safe zone, temporary red zones may randomly appear to be barraged with bombs, and from time to time, the plane flies over the battlefield to release a package with special equipment, potentially including items that cannot be found elsewhere on the island. All of these special events, including the normal safe zone shrinking, are announced to the players before they occur to give fair warning.Additional features unique to the mobile version of PUBG include log-in bonuses, missions and micro-goals, crew recruiting, map and compass improvements with larger and clear markers near the teammates, and an auto loot system, as well as an increased number of bots.
PUBG Mobile gaming modes
There are an increasing number of ways to play PUBG Mobile, with each update bringing a new approach. While the Classic game remains basically the same, Arcade mode has specific types of games, while EvoGround (which has flipped in and out of the game) has temporary options. Arena, once a part of EcoGround, is now a section on its own, offering more arcade-like multiplayer modes. In-game events will introduce other options, for example Metro Royale.
How to pick your region server: Region switching used to be an easy way to move to another region, appear as a new player and win easily. Now you can only switch regions once every 60 days. To find the option, head into select mode and you'll see the region top right, tap on it and you'll find the settings where you can change region. If you're getting a bad ping in your own region or you're away from home and playing in the wrong region, this could fix it.Select a different map: From season 18 onwards there are six maps - Erangel, Miramir, Sanhok, Vikendi, Livik, Karakin. You'll find the option to select the map once you hit the select mode button. If you select all, it will randomly pick one for you. Different maps have different terrain, sizes and some exclusive weapons or vehicles. There's the option to opt out of events on those maps too, by unticking the box.
How to select Solo, Duo or Squad play: You can choose to play any of the game modes on your own, as a pair or in four-player squad, this option is just under the maps in the select mode option.
How to select first person or third person mode: The first person perspective (FPP) gives you a different view. At the bottom of the game mode selector you'll see the option for FPP or TPP (third-person perspective).
How to find teammates speaking your language: This was an addition in version 9. Rather than getting dumped with a team speaking a different language, there's now an option to select two languages as a preference. That will try to partner you up, so you can at least communicate easily. It's in the game mode selection area > settings. We've not found it particularly effective.Decide whether you want to be "hot drop" or "slow and steady": There's two drop options that can be applied to finding teammates, in the matchmaking settings menu we mention above. This will attempt to pair you with similar players to your preference. "Hot drop" is landing in busy areas with lots of loot and players, "slow and steady" is more remote. We'll talk about this a bit more below, but even if that's your selected option, it doesn't mean the rest of the team will do it.