Because perspective’s everything, it’s either a great day or a fowl one for PUBG fans

Admit it: nothing beats fried chicken.

There’s bad news and good news in the world of PUBG, with the good news absolutely great for those who’ve always dreamed of being Peter Griffin when the giant chicken shows up on Family Guy. First, because it’s good to get such things out of the way, let’s deal with the bad news. PUBG game publisher Krafton has announced that it has shut down the no-bells-and-whistles version of the crazily popular battle royale game.

PUBG Lite ceased to be on April 29.

In announcing the death of the streamlined version popular with phone warriors and, presumably, Commodore64 owners, Krafton said this:

“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 (UTC).”

Now let’s turn our attention to something that’s a little more positive. Starting today—which happens to be April Fool’s in case you haven’t beem paying attention—PUBG fans can play POBG, a 2D old-school-arcade-inspired shooter featuring a bunch of really angry chickens.

The fine-feathered fowl don’t exactly sit around passively waiting for the inevitable, which is to say a trip to the deep fryer, oven, or sashimi plates of Tokyo (yes, that’s really a thing!).

POBG chickens dangerous!

Instead the POBG chickens are armed and dangerous with bird-specific weapons. The head chickens is PlayerOmnom, and flanked by his Henerals, they are on a mission to rule the roost on the games battlegrounds.

In other words, as hinted at in the trailer below, you’ve picked the wrong place to screech “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner.”

In announcing POBG, PUBG game publisher Krafton said:

“Initially released in 1991, POBG is an action-oriented top-down single-player shooter. The game challenged players to battle it out on early versions of what would eventually become classic PUBG maps, including Erangel, Karakin and Sanhok. The goal of the game was to outwit and outgun an army of curmudgeonly chickens or risk a world where birds with brains roughly the size of a few peanuts literally rule the roost.”

It then went on to add:

“As it’s been well documented, the original release of POBG had an issue before it was rolled out to arcades throughout the U.S.,” said Herman Havoc, PUBG Head of Development. “Sure, an undiscovered manufacturer’s defect in the motherboards led to a bunch of fires and power grid failures throughout the country, but it was the ‘90s. Things happen. No one was hurt, but we still had to recall and destroy all known POBG cabinets. But the game was just too good to leave it in ‘storage,’ so we figured out how to get it running on modern hardware and boom, now you can play it in PUBG. A game within a game!”

If it wasn’t April Fool’s Day, we’d almost think that the folks at Krafton were joking.

Those who rock personal computers can make the POBG feathers fly from today until April 12. Those married to their consoles can play from April 8-19.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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