18 May 2021
Krafton has confirmed that the PUBG Lite gaming title will shut down on April 29th. The announcement was made on the official website of the game but did not specify any reason. One of the assumptions is that the decision has been taken due to the below-expected response from the players.
PUBG Lite is a game specifically meant for low-specced laptops and PCs which are not capable of running the main PUBG PC battle royale game. It was switched to a completely free-to-play title towards late 2020 but seems like even that could not grab much attention. During its initial days of the release, many gamers did complain about the lack of actual players and having to play with computer bots which do not make the gaming experience enjoyable in any way.
The official announcement reads,
"We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the astounding number of PUBG LITE fans that have been with us. During the strenuous times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that PUBG LITE was able to provide our fans a fun way to stay safe. Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to close service after much deliberation and the time has come for our journey to end. We regretfully inform you that the service of PUBG LITE is scheduled to end on April 29th, 2021 (UTC)."
The team has already disabled any new downloads for the PUBG Lite. It means if you do not have the game installed on your PC, you will not be able to download it anymore (at least through the official channels). All existing players can continue to play the game and also spend in-game currency that they might have purchased. The game will shut down completely on April 29th followed by the end of customer support on May 29th, 2021. It should be noted that this decision does not affect the PUBG Mobile Lite in any way which is a lighter version meant for low-end smartphones.