The low-resources version of PUBG for PCs, PUBG Lite, has been discontinued. The developers made the announcement in an official article, but there is no clarification given as to why the low-spec version of the game was removed. As is customary for most games, software, and utilities, support for PUBG Lite is being discontinued. The developers have described the decision as a “difficult decision” in an official blog post, and the game’s services will now end on April 29.
The PUBG Lite’s publisher, Krafton, didn’t offer a reason for the imminent closure in its note to fans. Here’s the entire version of what it said:
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 service of PUBG LITE is scheduled to end on April 29th, 2021
The game’s official website has already been shut down, so no new players can download PUBG Lite at this time. On April 29, no new programs will be available for PUBG Lite, and player support will be removed from the game a month later, on May 29.
It wouldn’t be entirely shocking if demand was to blame. Although player statistics aren’t readily accessible, it’s no secret that there wasn’t a large turnout — people were concerned about a lack of human players in 2019. PUBG Lite was created to make the game more available to people whose machines couldn’t handle the standard version, but the shutdown indicates that many PC players preferred to play the “complete” version instead.
The game’s desktop and console versions, as well as the wildly popular PUBG Mobile, a new PUBG New State, and a PUBG Mobile Lite, are all under the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds brand. A new PUBG 2 for PC and consoles is also on the way, as are reports of other design ventures that could lead to narrative games under the PUBG brand.