KEY POINTS

  • "PUBG Lite" is the not-so-graphically-intensive version of "PUBG"
  • The game was launched in 2019
  • "PUBG Lite" became a free-to-play title in November 2020

A couple of years after its official release, Krafton is now calling time on "PUBG Lite" and shutting down its servers in May.

Krafton, the publisher of "PUBG Lite," made the closure announcement on the game's official website. Starting March 30, the free-to-play less graphically-intensive version of the battle royale game is no longer available for download. The game's servers are scheduled to go dark on April 29 while player support will be withdrawn on May 29.

The publisher did not offer the specifics as to why it is shutting down "PUBG Lite." On the game's official website, Krafton said that "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."

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A long list of contents reportedly coming to "PUBG" in 2020 is recently leaked online. REUTERS/Thomas White

It noted: "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 29, 2021 (UTC).”

"PUBG Lite" Beta was launched in 2019 in Thailand and the release in other Asian and European countries followed soon after. In November 2020, devs ditched L-Coins and made the game totally free. The Lite Pass was replaced with missions and all items are available for those with free credits.

The Lite version of the hit BR title "PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds" received similar maps such as Sanhok, Erangel, and Bodie. Vikendi is the last map to become available in the game. The logic behind "PUBG Lite" is simple.

It is the modified version of "PUBG" that lower-end PCs can easily run. It only requires at least 4 GB of RAM, a Direct 11 Intel HD Graphics 4009 GPU or its equivalent, and a Core i3 2.4 GHz CPU or its equivalent. "PUBG Lite" was developed to provide access to those with modest computers. However, the shutdown seemingly suggests that a lot of PC gamers still prefer to use the full game instead.

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