The writing may have been on the wall for PUBG Lite for a while. Free-to-play, the low-spec version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds went into the game in November 2020 and became completely free. Now a message from the development team says that the game closes forever on April 29.
The announcement was short, without giving much explanation for the closure:
We are deeply grateful for the passion and support of the astonishing number of PUBG LITE fans who have been with us. During the tiring times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope PUBG LITE could provide fans with a fun way to stay safe.
Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to end the service after much deliberation, and the time has come for the journey to end. We regret that the service of PUBG LITE is scheduled to end on April 29, 2021 (UTC).
New downloads of the game are no longer available, after being turned off on March 30. The end of the game itself will take place on April 29 at 05 UTC / 06:00 BST.
PUBG Lite was designed to be “playable even on computers and laptops using integrated graphics.” The game therefore looked worse than the full version of PUBG, but it was otherwise about the same game while running on machines with dual core processors, 4 GB RAM and no graphics card – far from the specifications for the cardboard version of games.
Little rolled out over parts of Asia in early 2019, and finally it swung towards Europe in October of the same year. I can imagine that this closure will disproportionately affect players in those regions where it is more difficult to access PCs with higher specifications.
Do you remember when we used to call PUBG “Plunkbat” and people were mad at us about it all the time? It feels like it was about a billion years ago.