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PUBG shut down in China

Replaced by battle royale without violence

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Throughout the history of battle royale games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has consistently kept its strong performance. Despite the numerous competitors, PUBG is still a reliable player in the industry. Much of the industry’s players are variations of the same tired formula. As such, PUBG’s simple system is one of the favorites.

Despite the game’s popularity, PUBG has fallen into disarray. Tencent, the game’s publisher, has reportedly shut down the game in China. Through Weibo, the publisher has declared the game’s end of testing. PUBG is officially gone.


Instead, Tencent has launched the more peaceful Game for Peace. The newly launched game shares the same mechanic as PUBG. However, it doesn’t feature violence at all. It doesn’t have blood or gore. When a player dies, they merely wave goodbye. Definitely, the game is an exercise in Chinese censorship.

Otherwise, Game for Peace is still a survival of the toughest. Dead players still leave loot boxes after death. “It’s almost exactly the same. The game play, the background, the graphic design and the characters, they’re almost the same,” Cui Chenyu, a Chinese games analyst said.

To more Western sensibilities, the game’s lack of violence is humorously surreal. However, the game is a sign of China’s patriotism. It “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard [China’s] airspace,” Tencent said.

After the launch, Tencent expects “CNY 8 billion to CNY 10 billion in annual revenue.” Of course, a region-exclusive launch does not mean much. PUBG remains one of Steam’s top games. However, things might soon change if Game for Peace launches in other regions.

SEE ALSO: Another country is banning PUBG because it’s too addictive

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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