The Crafton’s latest entry in their battle-royal mobile game franchise, PUBG: New Kingdom, opened to a huge debut. It crossed one million downloads at yesterday’s launch. The title, set in the futuristic year of 2051, includes a new map, new vehicles and weapons, a sophisticated Battle Pass system, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about PUBG: New Kingdom.
PUBG: New Kingdom – What’s more new about the game?
PUBG: New State follows the same rules as every major battle-royal game. Up to 100 players are stationed on a remote island to collect weapons and supplies as they battle each other to survive and be the last man. What is different, however, is the setting.
Players will be transported to a future year of 2051 so that they can compete on an 8×8 remote island called ‘TROI’. The new map has some modern architecture and atmosphere that seems inspired by ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’. With such a long time, weapons and other types of equipment are bound to be updated as well.
The game will include remote control drones, ballistic shields, neon sights and a “combat balancing ability” that will add a whole new dynamic to your gameplay. The weapons will also have a bullet meter, which shows in a better visual representation the number of shots fired in your magazine.
In terms of transportation, PUBG: New Kingdom will introduce futuristic sports cars, motorcycles, dune buggies, speedboats and hang gliders. Pre-registered users also receive a free ‘Tacion TR1’ vehicle skins as a reward when they log in for the first time. From a visual standpoint, the game features refined graphics and a new on-screen (HUD) element that monitors your kill assist. Players can store their weapons and loot items in the trunks of their vehicle as they go hunting for more.
PUBG: New Kingdom – Survivor Pass System
Like its “predecessor,” New State will also offer a battle pass system. The paid feature known as the ‘Survivor Pass’ gives players new skins and rewards for hitting XP milestones and advancing through the ranks. Each week, the game will include three story missions, which when completed will significantly increase your SP.
Survivor Pass Volume 1 comes in two variants – Premium Pass and Premium Pass Plus, which are priced at 1500 NC and 3800 NC respectively. For reference, spending Rs 89 gives you 300 NC (in-game currency). So, to buy Battle Pass, one has to spend Rs 449 or Rs 1099 on their respective App Store.
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Pubg: New State – Launch Day Issues
New State’s release didn’t go as smoothly as Crafton had initially planned. The day began with server-side issues that led to the game launch being postponed by two hours. After that, several users on social media claimed that New State was either soft or hard bricking their Android devices upon login. Specifically, phones running Android 12.
So far, Crafton has not commented on the root cause. However, since then, they have been at work, rolling out new updates to fix obvious issues with login, compatibility, and the in-game inventory system. During maintenance, Crafton also found that some users may have difficulty logging in with their Facebook ID.
A few hours ago, Crafton released an optional update for Android devices aimed at fixing login and crash issues. The update details point to an issue with the default Graphics API settings, where devices that did not support Vulkan would crash. In the update, the settings were then changed to OpenGL ES. You can read more on that here. Whether this phone is connected to bricking or not, only time will tell.
Recently, Crafton also revealed a new Asia-specific game – ‘PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version’, which will have its own esports medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. He also announced that Indian players, who were playing Battleground Mobile India, would also be able to qualify for the grand tournament.
PUBG: New State is currently available to play on Android and iOS devices.