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It was recently announced that Tencent and Bluehole Studios partnered up together for a release of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in China. Well, Tencent's gaming arm isn't done with the Battle Royale-style survival genre, and two more games will be released in China as well.
Polygon is reporting that Tencent and PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Bluehole, have joined up with Chinese development outfit Timi Studios to work on two offshoots of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The first game is called Army Attack and is a naval-rendition of the survival genre, focusing on taking the fight to the waters while also using aerial vehicles such as helicopters to take out opponents. It sounds like a mix between World of Warships and the naval maps from Battlefield 4.
Speaking of Battlefield...the second game is more traditional, and is actually called Battlefield. The game is a traditional Battle Royale style survival game where the winner of the round is the last man or woman standing. This second title is being developed by Lightspeed and Quantum Studio.
The promos for the game reveal that it's just like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, where players will start off by parachuting out of a plane, landing on the ground and then attempting to survive against other players. The promo material released so far is just a collection of cinematics and we haven't actually seen what the in-game graphics and content will look like.
If you were hoping to get in on the action for both titles, you'll be facing two hurdles: the first is that both titles are only available for mobile devices. So you would need a decent smartphone to play the games. So even if you have a decent gaming rig you'll still need a decent smartphone as well. While that hurdle probably won't be much of an issue for most gamers, the second hurdle most certainly will be an issue because you'll also have to know how to navigate Mandarin. The games will only be released in China.
So technically, Chinese gamers will have three different types of survival games coming to mobile devices, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds being localized, along with the Army Attack naval game, and the Battlefield ground-based Battle Royale title coming as well.
Originally the Chinese government wasn't entirely keen on allowing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in the country due to the game possibly not adhering to the country's socialist values. However, after the initial reluctance expressed by the Ministry of Culture, the controversy died down when Tencent Games stepped in and announced that it would be publishing the game in mainland China.
Bluehole Studios' third-person survival game has already become a huge hit around the world, selling more than 21 million copies since launching into Early Access on Steam back in March. The game will also be extending its market presence by arriving on the Xbox One this month as well in the Game Preview program.
With the title making its way to home consoles, Chinese smartphones, and international audiences, don't be surprised if it eventually arrives on the PlayStation 4 at some point in the near future. For now, you'll only be able to play the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds spin-offs on smartphones.