Tencent Games released the 0.5.0 update for the mobile version of “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” on Tuesday, ushering in the game’s second season.
The patch adds a number of new features. “PUBG’s” Miramar desert map is now available, along with new progress missions. There’s also now a local quick team feature; players can enter a six-digit code to join up with nearby friends. People who interact with friends in-game can now raise synergy, then build connections when it’s high enough. The new region system lets players represent their chosen regions and display a flag, while the secret stash lets them purchase special discounted items.
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” launched in early access on Steam in March of 2017 and quickly gained a following. It helped popularize the battle royale genre currently dominate by Epic Games’ “Fortnite.” It’s sold over 30 million digital copies across PC and Xbox One, and made more than $700 million, according to market research company SuperData.
“PUBG Mobile” gained more than 22 million iOS players shortly after launch, SuperData said. Players outside China spent approximately $700,000 on the iOS version during its first week with IAPs available. The majority of “PUBG Mobile’s” revenue so far (about 48%) comes from the U.S. Rounding out the remainder of its top five countries for revenue are Thailand (7%), Great Britain (5%), Canada (4%), and Russia (3%).
SuperData recently said free-to-play games on mobile and PC were played by 2.5 billion people in 2017 and generated $82 billion in revenue. That means about one in every three people are playing F2P games like “PUBG Mobile.”