PUBG: New State finally launches, delivering a next-gen update to the classic battle royale game on mobile
Krafton released PUBG: New State today, the successor to the wildly popular PUBG Mobile. New State is touted as a next-generation update to the original PUBG with significantly enhanced graphics. Promotional material highlights how the new PUBG game utilizes global illumination technology for better indirect lighting, but the graphical updates don't appear to end there.
New State features both characters and architecture with higher polygon counts, enhanced shading, and longer draw distances. Although PUBG Mobile itself has received multiple graphics updates over the years, New State is a different beast altogether, and looks more akin to current-gen titles on Xbox One and PS4.
Apart from the visual overhaul, PUBG New State features a number of gameplay enhanced to keep things fresh. These include the ability to customize individual weapons and launch drones. In terms of content, though, New State is somewhat lacking right now compared to the original PUBG, with only two battle royale maps and a single team deathmatch map. And because of the focus on next-gen visuals, owners of midrange and older flagship phones might not have a great experience in terms of performance.