For PUBG Lite, the writing has probably been on the wall for a while. In November 2020, the free-to-play, low-spec version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds removed its in-game currency, making it fully free. According to a note from the development team, the game will be permanently shut down on April 29th.
The announcement was short and to-the-point, with no justification for the closure:
We are incredibly grateful for the enthusiasm and loyalty of the incredible number of PUBG LITE fans who have joined us. We hope that PUBG LITE was able to provide our fans with a fun way to stay healthy during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately, after much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to end service, and our journey has come to an end. We regret to notify you that the PUBG LITE service will be discontinued on April 29th, 2021. (UTC).
New game updates are no longer available, as the game was turned off on March 30th. The game will be shut down on April 29th at 5 a.m. UTC/6 a.m. BST.
PUBG Lite was created with the intention of being “playable even on computers and laptops with integrated graphics.” As a result, the game looked worse than the full fat version of PUBG, but it worked just as well on machines with dual core CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and no graphics card – far below the requirements for the daddy version of the game.
In early 2019, Lite began rolling out in parts of Asia, eventually making its way to Europe in October of that year. I assume that this closure would have a disproportionate impact on players in areas where higher-spec PCs are more difficult to come by.
Remember when we used to refer to PUBG as “Plunkbat” and people were constantly chastising us for it? That seems to be about one billion years old.