PUBG Asian Games version will not be a battle royale

As much as it is making history, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG) will have a new version of gameplay when it debuts as a medal event in the Esports category of the 2022 Asian Games in September. 

According to a report from Dot Esports, the online multiplayer game’s ever-famous battle royale deathmatch where players have to fight their way using weapons in order to win the match will not be played as person-to-person shooting will not be allowed in the quadrennial meet. (Read: Esports titles for the 19th Asian Games revealed)

Such a guideline is created due to concerns that it can trigger aggressive thoughts and behavior that can eventually “harm the harmony” between the continent’s nations. Because of this, the free-to-play mobile game is currently developing an “Asian Games” version to abide by the multi-sport event’s decision when it commences in Hangzhou, China five months from now.

“In accordance with the sportsmanship and the Olympics vision, the PUBG Mobile Asian Games version will integrate the iconic gameplay of PUBG Mobile and real-sport game experience, which we hope will bring the most unique excitement for our audience,” PUBGMobile developer Tencent told Dot Esports last week. 

An official from Krafton, PUBG’s primary publisher, also told Korean news site Money Today, “There is no anti-personnel element, but we are developing an Asian game version so that you can feel the atmosphere of the baggy by providing PUBG IP (intellectual property rights) and builds.”

There are no reports as to what type of new gameplay PUBG will field yet, but the game’s recent 1.9 version update might just pave the way for an idea. The new patch, which was just released last March 18, introduced several game modes in Cheer Park, namely the new indoor shooting range and racing mode.

In the shooting range, players can target practice to earn points based on their precision. It is similar to the Shooting event which has been held at every edition of the Asian Games since 1954. On the other hand, the racing mode allows players to race other players in a one-on-one racing match with different vehicles to choose from. 

The “gentle” Asian Games version might have a similar edition, offering a competitive experience to the players while avoiding violent gameplays.

PUBG Mobile has been enlisted as one of the eight Esports events that will make their debut at the continental games. Completing the line-up are FIFA, Dota 2, League of Legends, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, Hearthstone, Street Fighter V, and Arena of Valor. For AOV, however, an Asian Games version will also be fielded in order to have a reduced amount of socialization, commercialization, and non-battle systems.

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