LOS ANGELES: PUBG Corp released the 0.5.0 update for the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on May 15, ushering in the game’s second season.
The patch adds a number of new features. PUBG’s Miramar desert map is now available, along with new progress missions. There’s also now a local quick team feature; players can enter a six-digit code to join up with nearby friends. People who interact with friends in-game can now raise synergy, then build connections when it’s high enough. The new region system lets players represent their chosen regions and display a flag, while the secret stash lets them purchase special discounted items.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launched in early access on Steam in March of 2017 and quickly gained a following. It helped popularise the battle royale genre currently dominated by Epic Games’ Fortnite. It’s sold over 30 million digital copies across PC and Xbox One, and made more than US$700mil (RM2.77bil), according to market research company SuperData.
PUBG Mobile gained more than 22 million iOS players shortly after launch, SuperData said. Players outside China spent approximately US$700,000 (RM2.77mil) on the iOS version during its first week with in-app purchases available.
The majority of PUBG Mobile’s revenue so far (about 48%) comes from the US. Rounding out the remainder of its top five countries for revenue are Thailand (7%), Great Britain (5%), Canada (4%), and Russia (3%).
SuperData recently said free-to-play games on mobile and PC were played by 2.5 billion people in 2017 and generated US$82bil (RM324.99bil) in revenue. That means about one in every three people are playing F2P games like PUBG Mobile. — Reuters