PUBG Corp. has released a new cinematic trailer for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The trailer, which can be watched below, showcases the origin of PUBG’s first map, Erangel, and introduces the story behind the battle royale game.
In the brand new trailer, viewers can see a man recounts the time when he was a young boy in 1965 where his home, Erangel, was dangerously bombed by an unknown force threat. Resolving to his will to live, the boy then went on to survive by scavenging for weapons, medicines, and materials until he was the only person left alive on the island. Fast-forwarding to the present day, it’s revealed the matches in PUBG are a series of live-streamed (and possibly televised) battles to the death, which was amazingly similar to The Hunger Games. In the present day, we then see the young boy has grown up into a man — who’s now watching the chaos of PUBG as we know it unfold through a collection of screens. “Welcome to my battlegrounds,” he says as the trailer ends.
Though PUBG’s maps have hinted towards some sort of detailed and interacting overarching narrative, this is the first time playerunknown has confirmed lore for the popular Battle Royale game in its entirety. Though, PUBG Corp. hasn’t revealed whether more story-focused trailers will be revealed in the future or play part in the narrative moving forward, but game theorists at least now have a starting point for piecing together PUBG’s backstory.
The new trailer also acted as an announcement for the start date of PUBG’s upcoming season, Season 4, which was first released back on July 24. Season 4 is a massive update for PUBG, completely reinventing Erangel with new visuals, adding parkour movement mechanics, and introducing brand-new weapons, vehicles, and items. There’s a new battle pass to work through as well, and it contains challenges that can be tackled cooperatively with your squad.
Season 4’s start date also closely followed a major PUBG update on Xbox One and PS4 that added the ability for Apex Legends’ auto equip weapon attachment features to the console versions of the game. Additionally, the new patch is currently live on PUBG’s PC test servers right now for anyone wanting to try it for themselves.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. A mobile port, called PUBG Mobile, is available on Android and iOS devices. Despite being relatively new, PUBG is one of the most influential games of the 21st century for popularising one of gaming’s most popular sub-genres.
Season 4 is definitely a major update for PUBG, drastically updating the game’s visuals, adding new parkour movement as well as more weapons, vehicles and, apparently, a story, which will be seen more thoroughly throughout the new season.
While it’s not technically a sequel, a brand new fascinating PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds game is in the works. The upcoming game is being developed by Striking Distance, a studio helmed by ex-Call of Duty and Dead Space developer Glen Schofield. Described as an “original narrative experience within the PUBG universe,” the game is still in its infancy. Schofield has hinted the game may not necessarily be a battle royale like PUBG though.