It’s April Fools’ Day, and apart from being a living nightmare for journalists around the world, it’s also an opportunity for game developers to post some really stupid stuff. This year, it seems that PUBG Corp has taken up the gauntlet and released a mini-game in arcade style for PUBG where you fight against chickens. And it’s called POBG (short for Playeromnomnoms Battlegrounds) – although it does not exactly solve the debate about how to pronounce the acronym. I go with pob-guh.
The mini-game is available via PUBG̵
If you are wondering exactly what this looks like, you can find a quick demonstration of how POBG plays in the video above. Apparently, this mini-game is actually quite extended, with later stages taking place on other PUBG maps like Vikendi, and even some boss fights with overgrown chickens. I probably need a little more practice to earn my wings.
As for PUBG Corps official explanation of this mini-game, well, sleeve, it claims that this is a “spiritual predecessor” to PUBG which was originally released in 1991. “As it has been well documented, the original release of POBG had a problem before it was rolled out to arcades throughout the United States, “said development manager” Herman Havoc “in the official press release. “Sure, an undetected manufacturer failure on the motherboards led to a bunch of fires and power outages across the country, but that was in the ’90s. Things are happening. No one was injured, but we still had to remember and destroy all known POBG cabinets. just too good to leave it in “storage”, so we figured out how to get it running on modern hardware and boom, now you can play it in PUBG.A game in a game!
I was not in 1991, but I’m pretty sure PUBG actually comes from a mod for another game … I can not quite remember the name. Ups-a-DayZ.
For some PUBG fans, the release of this mini-game is not entirely surprising: pictures of the game were leaked by PlayerIGN, and caused a bit of drama when the original artist Alexey Garkushin said he had not heard from the PUBG team for a while. It seems that the communication questions have been cleaned up, and Garkushin has received full credit in PUBG’s official announcement about the mini-game.
All your battlefields belong to us.
Special call to Alexey Garkushin aka @ _Gas13 to inspire us to develop POBG. pic.twitter.com/4QQfElAtoS
– PUBG (@PUBG) April 1, 2021
If you want to check this out yourself, it’s worth noting that this is a mini-game for a limited time: you can access it on PC from today until April 12, while console users will be able to play from 8 to 18. April. There is definitely something to keep you entertained while you are up inside.