pubg universe expanding to narrative
Those were the words of Glen Schofield, the leader of Striking Distance, a studio now in charge of creating a narrative story within this newly established ‘PUBG Universe’. The professional developer, who is known for the creation of Dead Space and Sledgehammer Games (Call of Duty developer), is in charge of taking this battle royale into a new direction.
The announcement came out of nowhere with a reveal on YouTube which you can check out below:
Nowadays, the contrary is rather common with mainstream shooters expanding to battle royale game modes such as Call of Duty, Fallout 76 and Battlefield V. It seems the reverse is occurring here and we’re all lost for ideas; will the title be similar to Schofield’s past works? It surely won’t be similar to Fortnite’s Save the World game mode. The developer certainly seems confident with the reveal, though at the same time revealing nothing besides the idea.
WhAT’S DRIVING THIS initiative?
Rewind back to early 2018: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the dominant BR in the market space, with H1Z1 fading away and not many competitors in sight – a bright future ahead. Come back to mid-2019; Apex Legends and Fornite have successfully claimed the majority of the market, with many finding PUBG to be outdated in its mechanics. Could abandoning BR for a narrative shooter under the PUBG name resurrect it?
Who knows? Perhaps the new game will be a hit. If it’s successful enough, it could influence other battle royales to utilize garnered popularity to spread into new territory with an established fan-base prepared. On paper it makes sense, but the execution is a different tale completely.
Let’s hope PUBG Corp can revitalize PUBG, because the BR is clearly not thriving at the moment compared to its past. At the moment, viewership is a third of Fortnite’s, while Apex has fallen below PUBG. A new angle could do it, as certain MOBAs have this past month with auto chess. Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!