It’s come to light that battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has quietly changed its name to the slightly-easier-to-type PUBG: Battlegrounds.
The change was first spotted by PC Gamer, noting that the change apparently happened in July when the game’s new name appeared on Steam. Subsequent press releases have since referred to the game with the new title, and upon reaching out publisher Krafton gave a PR statement to PC Gamer.
It said “Krafton is actively expanding the PUBG brand through a variety of new experiences set in its universe. Rebranding PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to PUBG: Battlegrounds is the first step in us realizing this vision. Additional titles in the franchise will carry the PUBG name, as you see with our upcoming game, PUBG: New State.” Said PUBG: New State is a new mobile battle royale title set in the year 2051.
In the meantime, the newly redubbed PUBG: Battlegrounds will team up with international K-pop band Blackpink. The collaboration includes a bunch of crossover content including decals, airplane tails, cosmetics and even pink smoke coming from Supply Drops. A special drops event will also see a variety of missions that players can complete to collect a Blackpink helmet.
Finally, the game will also go free-to-play for one week, from August 10 until August 16. The Blackpink event meanwhile runs between August 8 and September 7 on PC and August 12 until September 15 on console. You can check out a trailer for that below.
PUBG: Battlegrounds is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC.