Tap that App: Playerunknown's Battlegrounds – That Game Everyone is Playing

By Daniel Plafker, July 12, 2018

0 0

Tap That App is a monthly segment where we feature an app our editors think is cool. 

You’ve seen it on the metro. In the break room at work. On the screens of young students stealing a cheeky game break at lunchtime. It’s the ‘battle royale’ gaming sensation that’s sweeping the nation and it’s a digital fight to the death. 

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), the brainchild of South Korean gaming giant Bluehole, pits 100 players against each other in a trigger-happy virtual death-dance on a post-apocalyptic island – not unlike a live-fire version of the Hunger Games. As you battle, a noxious blue gas progressively encloses players in an ever-tightening dragnet, precipitating a dramatic final showdown.

playerunknown-s-battlegrounds-1.jpg

Widespread critical acclaim and addictive replayability catapulted the game to global fame, with Chinese players quickly coming to account for as much as 40 percent of regular players. In a major commercial coup, Tencent Games secured exclusive rights to distribute PUBG in the PRC late last year, with more than 10 million players on the Chinese mainland preregistering for downloads almost immediately.

playerunknown-s-battlegrounds-3.jpg

Predictably, the ‘kill-everything-that-moves’ approach to battlefield tactics that characterizes the battle royale genre did not initially thrill media regulators in the country. But promises by Tencent to adapt game elements to conform with “socialist core values and traditional Chinese cultures and moral norms” – blood splatter in the Chinese version of the shoot ’em up is replaced by a wholesomely ambiguous green liquid – ensured a smooth mobile release on local app stores earlier this spring.

Playerunknown’s Battleground is available on iOS and Android devices.

For more Tap that App, click here.

more news

FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Stream: How to Watch Online in China

How to watch FIFA World Cup 2018 games online in China.

Inspect-a-Gadget: 360-Degree Video Viewer

A cheaper alternative to 'true' virtual reality.

WATCH: Mesmerizing 'Shanghai State of Mind' Video

A beautiful look at the city we call home.

Interview: 'Above the Drowning Sea' Director René Balcer

We interviewed award-winning television director René Balcer to find out more about his newest doc, a chronicle of Jewish refugees in 1940s Shanghai.

6 Shanghai Art Exhibitions to Check Out This Weekend

Our recurring guide to the best shows on offer at Shanghai's museums and galleries.

Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2018 in Shanghai

Paint the town blue, white and red with these French National Day parties and events.

Tickets for Mariah Carey's Shanghai Show Now on Sale

Tickets for the pop diva's highly-anticipated show are officially on sale!

Party Planner: 10 Best Nightlife Events This Weekend

Your guide to this weekend's best parties.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.