PUBG Lite to Shut Down April 29

PUBG Lite shuts down April 29.
PUBG Lite shuts down April 29. / Photo courtesy of PUBG Corp/Krafton

PUBG Lite, the less hardware-intensive mobile variant of the battle royale that started it all, will shut down April 29, says publisher Krafton. New downloads are suspended, but those who already have the game installed can play until that date.

Krafton didn't cite a reason for the shut down in its announcement blog post.

"We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the astounding number of PUBG Lite fans that have been with us," it wrote. "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."

PUBG Lite launched in beta in 2019 and went free to play in November 2019. Its more demanding counterpart, PUBG Mobile, remains successful, having crossed 1 billion downloads in March.