The free-to-play version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG Lite, will no longer be playable after the end of this month.
In a termination service, developer Krafton says: “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 the service of PUBG LITE is scheduled to end on April 29th, 2021 (UTC),” they continue.
As of March 30th this week, it is no longer possible to download PUBG Lite on any device. The service will terminate officially on April 29th with player support extending until May 29th.
What is PUBG Lite?
PUBG Lite officially launched in Thailand in early 2019 and eventually made its way to Europe in October of the same year. It offered the same gameplay mechanics as the PUBG that we all know and love, but made it available on much lower-end PC’s.
The full version of PUBG recommends an Intel Core i5-6600k processor paired with an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card. For comparison, PUBG Lite only recommended a low-end Intel Core i5 and a much older GTX 660. The game also only took up 4GB of hard disk space, compared to the 30GB that the main game requires.
Despite the drop in file size, PUBG Lite featured much of the same content as its big brother. All four of PUBG’s maps ended up featuring in PUBG Lite before it closed down.
The website for the game is no longer live. Trying to access the front page redirects you to the service termination notice that explains that the game is shutting down.
Krafton closes out the termination notice by saying: “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 endeavours.
“Thank you for playing PUBG LITE.”
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[Featured Image Credit: Krafton]