PUBG: New Kingdom is reining in Android devices on launch day itself

Crafton’s latest battle royale game PUBG: New Kingdom launches today in over 200 countries, including India. However, the game’s launch was not as smooth as initially planned for Crafton. Apart from the numerous bricks and software side issues that are not uncommon with the newly launched game, PUBG: New State is apparently hitting some Android phones hard as well.

Several users have taken to Twitter to announce that downloading and installing PUBG: New State has either soft-bricked or hard-bricked their smartphones. This includes Twitter tipster Mukul Sharma (@ list of itemsSee his tweet below.

A soft brick refers to a device that is not booting up but can be fixed with a software reset. A hard brick on the other hand simply cannot be repaired through the software route and may require replacement of some components.

Who are the users at risk?

While the root cause of the phone bricking is yet to be properly ascertained, it seems that phones running Android 12 are at risk. a report by 91mobiles Also confirms the issue, affecting the Oppo Find X2 running Android 10 as well as Android 12.

This problem is apparently triggered when users click on one of the three login options given at the start of the game. These options will allow the user to log in with Google, Facebook or a third-party email account.

However, clicking on any of the three buttons reportedly put the phone in multiple boot loops before the device went completely dead. Those who haven’t turned off their phones have also noticed several minor problems with PUBG: New State. This includes getting stuck at 38 percent while loading the game.

IndianExpress.com Crafton has reached out for a statement on the issue and will update this story when more details are provided.

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