PUBG: New Kingdom publisher Crafton said it had “substantial testing” ahead of the official launch, in response to complaints that the battle royale game was a bricking device. The South Korean company also noted that it had confirmed the smooth functionality of the game. Crafton did not provide any explanation about the bricking issue reported by some users on social media soon after the launch of PUBG: New State earlier this week. Apart from the bricking issue, users also noted that it is easy to bypass the age verification prompt in PUBG: New State and play the game even if they are not 18 or older.
In a statement emailed to Gadgets 360, Crafton responded to the bricking issue, which was raised by some users on Twitter shortly after the release of PUBG: New State.
“We’ve had enough tests on mobile devices with the same model as the Galaxy S7 or a model with 2GB of RAM, and we’ve confirmed the smooth functionality of the game,” the company said.
However, Crafton has not spoken about whether it is addressing the bricking issue or is aware of any such matters.
Several users complained that PUBG: New State locked their devices because it prompted them to sign in as a guest or use a social media account. Some user reports suggested that the problem was primarily on devices running Android 12, although Gadgets 360 was not able to independently verify the issue.
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Along with the problems users initially faced, PUBG: New State offers a generous age verification feature that can be easily bypassed, such as noted by India Today. The game shows a prompt where users need to confirm that they are 18 or over, but if you tap No, it proceeds without asking for any further details. This is in contrast to Crafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), where gamers must provide their parent or guardian’s phone number if they are under 18.
Crafton introduced the need for parental consent with the launch of BGMI earlier this year to address concerns over allowing minors to play the game. It was added as one of the features to differentiate the game with its original version – PUBG Mobile – which was banned last year.
Gadgets 360 has contacted Crafton over a discrepancy in the age verification on PUBG: New State and the following are his comments on the matter.
Crafton, Inc. We are committed to responsible gaming and encourage parental discretion. The age barrier is always an issue and we will continue to take several measures to ensure that Indian users can enjoy the game to the fullest in a healthy and safe environment.