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Check out the 90's game that inspired PUBG - playable for a limited time

Published: 14:00, 01 April 2021

PUBG is celebrating its fourth anniversary by taking a look back. PUBG players are now able to try out POBG, the game that started the Battle Royale genre, for a limited time.

It's PUBG's fourth anniversary and the team is celebrating by giving the loyal players a glimpse into the past. More than 30 years have passed since it was originally released, but KRAFTON is re-releasing the 1991 arcade cult-classic, PLAYEROMNOM’S BATTLEGROUNDS (POBG). The original game was a short-lived phenomenon but it would go on to inspire PUBG and the Battle Royale genre.

About POBG

Initially released in 1991, POBG is a 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 grumpy chickens or risk a world where birds with brains roughly the size of a few peanuts literally rule the roost.

Where and how To play POBG

PUBG's fourth-anniversary celebration brought about the revival of the doomed arcade game. POBG is currently playable through the lobby in PUBG on PC. The PC version will be available until April 12.

Console players can try their hand at POBG from April 8 through April 19.

"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!"

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