PUBG Studios has released its new free-to-play battle royale, PUBG: New State, on mobile today, marking the start of the next version of the game.

When PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was released in 2017, it completely changed the industry. PUBG, on the other hand, has spent the last several years undergoing significant modifications, including rebranding as PUBG: Battlegrounds and revamping its monetization. With the release of PUBG: New State for iOS and Android devices, the PUBG series is taking the next stage in its evolution. PUBG Studios’ latest battle royale game, PUBG: New State, isn’t breaking new ground, but Krafton sees a lot of value in switching from PUBG: Battlegrounds to PUBG: New State, at least on mobile devices.

To be clear, PUBG: New State is a brand-new game. It’s not a relaunch or rebranding of the PUBG: Battlegrounds mobile app, nor is it a mobile port. PUBG: New State is unique, yet it’s also shockingly similar to previous games. It’s a 100-player battle royale that includes everything of the usual PUBG gameplay, including as looting and shooting. PUBG gamers will have no trouble transitioning to the new game.

That isn’t to say that PUBG: New State isn’t innovative in certain respects. For starters, PUBG: New State is completely free to play and will be released in 17 languages throughout the world, providing a significant push to get this next-generation mobile PUBG into the hands of millions of people. It’s also got some additional features to help it stand out. Weapon customization, drones, and other new in-game objects have all been included, as well as a unique player recruiting system that allows players to revive their opponents.\

The fact that PUBG: New State is set in the year 2051 is what jumps out the most. The battle royale boasts futuristic settings, which give it a more appealing shine than previous PUBG games’ rusted Soviet-era design. Expect a slew of enticing cosmetics with unique designs, something that PUBG: Battlegrounds lacked.

However, a fresh game allows PUBG Studios to try some new things as well. For example, PUBG: New State isn’t just a battle royale game. It also has a 4v4 Deathmatch game option, which allows players to battle against one another more directly. PUBG Studios may experiment with new game modes for PUBG: New State depending on its popularity.

Due to the fact that it is a live service game, PUBG: New State already has a battle pass available for players to purchase and participate in. PUBG Studios also wants to have ranked competitive seasons, with each one lasting about two months before the next begins. PUBG Studios has a lot of ambitions for PUBG: New State. It’ll be interesting to see whether it can equal the original PUBG’s success in the future.

PUBG: New State is currently available on iOS and Android.