A new game in the PUBG universe will release on PC and consoles 'by next year'

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The PUBG (opens in new tab) universe is expanding next year with the survival horror game The Callisto Protocol (opens in new tab), but in the meantime, it looks like there's another PUBG game coming to PC and consoles this year. According to Bloomberg (opens in new tab), a new "PUBG-related" game will ship "by next year," while another battle royale for mobile is also coming in 2021.

The news comes as part of a profile of Krafton CEO Kim Chang-han. Krafton Inc is the South Korea-based holding company home to Bluehole, PUBG Corp, and Striking Distance—the latter is the Glen Schofield-helmed studio responsible for The Callisto Protocol. Later this year, Krafton is planning an initial public offering which could reportedly be worth as much as $27.2 billion.

Whatever the case, Krafton seems intent on capitalising on PUBG, which makes the lion's share of its money. Bloomberg's report also confirms an animated production is in the works as well as a web cartoon, and that related acquisitions are possible.

As of July last year, PUBG had sold 70 million copies (opens in new tab) across PC and console, while the amount of downloads for the mobile version has ramped up to 600 million—that figure was 400 million in June 2019.

Season 10 (opens in new tab) of PUBG is currently underway, though the rumoured 'tournament-style' autobattler mode (opens in new tab) called Vostok is still yet to make an appearance anywhere. Perhaps it could be spun into its own standalone game? 

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.