Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Bluehole to release 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' in China

Bluehole to release 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' in China

South Korea-based PUBG Corp., a spinoff of Bluehole that now exclusively administers "PUBG", has signed a publishing agreement with Tencent to release the "Battle Royale" shooter to the Chinese market. Specifically, PUBG will have to incorporate tweaks that would make it more suitable for the "socialist core values" of China. Tencent has announced that it has landed exclusive rights to PUBG in China, its home market.

There's a few bits in that update on the official PUBG site that may interest fans including a tweaking of the hit damage, a number of audio alterations, and a couple of bug fixes.

"We will do our best to present a great game for Chinese users in close cooperation with Tencent", he said. Just this year Tencent, known for publishing popular mobile games like Honour of Kings, saw its market value rise to $520 billion Dollars, making it the first Chinese company to crack $500 billion. Chinese tech giant Tencent promised to add "socialist core values" to the game in order to bypass the country's strict censors. Presumably this means changes to meet tough government regulations within the country and PUBG does already have a simplified Chinese language option already.

"PUBG is the most popular eSports game played by worldwide players. We will also offer a different, fun experience on PC", Steven Ma, Senior Vice President of Tencent, said in a statement provided to Glixel.

Reuters points out that Tencent rival Netease has inserted red banners carrying slogans such as "safeguard national security, safeguard world peace" into its title Wilderness and Terminator 2.

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