The newest information on the Vertical game comes from PUBG leaker PlayerIGN who first took note of the job listings that opened up on the PUBG careers site. Within the category of jobs available in Seoul, several reference Vertical under different disciplines such as art and game design.
2/2— PlayerIGN (@PlayerIGN) April 10, 2021
1 year ago, we did the same method to predict PUBG: New State's (Project XTRM / PUBG Mobile2) eventual announcement.
Being that Project Vertical is made by PUBG Studio and in Korea, I can't see this as not being part of the PUBG IP.
According to the translations above of some of the text from the job listings, the new Vertical project is indeed an expansion of the PUBG IP. That shouldn’t be too surprising for those who’ve been following along with Krafton’s latest projects seeing how all of them from PUBG: New State to the new horror game The Callisto Protocol are set in the same universe. PlayerIGN also noted that the new Vertical game is being made by PUBG Studio.
Some of the other details shared by the leaker hinted at different parts of the Vertical game and shaped a picture of something very different from the traditional PUBG experience players have gotten used to. It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine PUBG going open-world and keeping its shooting systems intact, but sci-fi, mechs, monsters, robots, and villages were also referenced in the details about the game.
As for what this game might be and how it’ll fit into the bigger PUBG picture, there’s reason to believe that it would be something akin to a PUBG 2. It’s assumed something like that is coming, but Krafton hasn’t come out and declared any one of its projects to fit that mold yet. PUBG: New State is the closest we’ve come to that, but that game is only planned for mobile devices and is rather a follow-up to PUBG Mobile. It’d be quite the departure from the PUBG experience if that’s the case, but there’s always the chance it could simply be another game in the PUBG Studio’s catalog.
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