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Undawn, a new free-to-play survival RPG from the developer of PUBG Mobile, will launch on iOS, Android and PC later this year. You might expect your usual free-to-play shenanigans to take place here, but it seems that developer LightSpeed ​​Studios has pulled out all the stops, going so far as to request that Will Smith appear in the game.

The cinematic trailer above shows Will Smith’s character, Trey Jones, hunting down some zombies before heroically marching through a ruined city that looks suspiciously like a scene from I Am Legend. While it’s rare to see a celebrity featured so prominently in a free-to-play mobile game, we’ll leave it up to you to decide what this means for Will Smith’s career.


Beyond the famous visuals, Undawn looks to offer PUBG Mobile’s open-world gameplay with some PvE survival elements. The description of the game is full of phrases like “sprawling open world”, “unique ecosystems” and “wide variety of weapons”, which tells us next to nothing about the game. However, there is a lot of detail packed into the game, as evidenced by the screenshots.


Source: Infinite Level

From these in-game images, it’s clear that Undawn is designed for mobile, despite launching simultaneously on PC. The user interface is reminiscent of PUBG Mobile, covering the screen with buttons for every action, and there’s still no word on controller support.

Undawn has all the freebies we’d expect, including pre-registration rewards that unlock in-game items. You can even share the pre-registration link to unlock a weapon skin. It’s the same system we’ve seen several times before. This is unfortunate as these promos usually indicate that the final game will be mostly microtransactions disguised as gameplay (see: Street Fighter Duel, Tomb Raider Reloaded). However, there’s certainly room for a fun survival RPG here if Lightspeed Studios doesn’t let greed get in the way.


Source: Infinite Level

At best, Undawn could be a fun way to pass the time with friends while mowing down zombies, but at worst, it’ll just be another microtransaction nightmare. But hey, at least Will Smith is in it, right? Undawn is available for pre-registration now and is set to launch on June 15th.



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