PUBG Lite has offered a low-spec version of the original PUBG since 2019. In November 2020, the game adopted a free-to-play model in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now comes news that PUBG Lite will be shutting down for good in late April.
This information comes from a statement put out by the PUBG Corp.
“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.
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).”
The statement does not spell out a primary reason for removing the game but points out that the decision comes “after much deliberation.”
In the statement, the developer also told fans, “We would like to convey our sincerest apology as well as our deepest appreciation to everyone. We truly hope you have enjoyed your time with us and please look forward to our future endeavors.”
If you haven’t downloaded the game, then it is already too late to do so: the developer pulled all the download links on Tuesday. If you have downloaded the game before, though, then you can play it and spend any credits in-game until April 29. And on May 29, all player support for this game will permanently cease.
As sad as this is, fans can look forward to more PUBG universe games, including the PUBG Mobile sequel PUBG: New State and a larger project that most fans assume is a proper sequel to the original PUBG for both PC and consoles.