While PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds has spent the last four years finding ground on multiple platforms, both high and low spec, April 29th will see the removal of one of the many branches from the family tree. PUBG Lite, which was made free-to-play last November, will be going dark in just four weeks. The servers will be shut down entirely, and all players will be rerouted to the high-end PC editions, or, failing that — the mobile version.
Unfortunately, PUBG Lite developer Krafton shed little to no light on the decision to terminate PUBG whatsoever. Other than taking note of the groundbreaking figures that the game managed to harvest since its induction to the fold, no specific reason was mentioned for the closure. Of course, that is bound to leave millions of players scratching heads, but the decision seems to be final.
Krafton announced the termination of the service:
“We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the astounding number of PUBG LITE fans that have been with us. During the strenuous times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that PUBG LITE was able to provide our fans a fun way to stay safe,” the official post stated.
“Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to close service after much deliberation and the time has come for our journey to end. We regretfully inform you that service of PUBG LITE is scheduled to end on April 29th, 2021 (UTC).”
In light of this, PUBG is still very much playable on alternative versions on both PC and mobile. And for those who don’t know what PUBG Lite is, well — it can only be penned as a watered-down PC version with half the slack. However, with the departure of the Lite edition, it does mean that players with laptops and low-end PCs might just struggle to boot up the game in its entirety. Here’s hoping you won’t be affected by this rash decision to close the books on the game.
Despite the closure of PUBG Lite, the game as a whole has gone on to exceed over a billion downloads since its 2017 launch. And a large portion of that ironically stems from the mobile port, funnily enough. So, clearly, the game itself is still thriving from its ever-expanding player base. Let’s just hope that, with Lite coming to an end, more room will be given to the sibling platforms in the future. But we’ll see about that. Either way, it’s unlikely that PUBG will shut its door any time soon. Perhaps this is nothing but a slight speedbump on an otherwise long and fruitful road to everlasting success? We’ll see.