Just a week ago we posted about a mobile game from NetEase called 荒野行动, which roughly translated to "Wilderness Survival," that had taken over the top spot in the Chinese App Store. Why was this a big deal? Well, Wilderness Survival is a darn near carbon copy of the unfathomably popular multiplayer battle royale game on desktop called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, aka PUBG. Ever since PUBG became the most played game in the entire universe over the course of the last few months, several companies have tried to catch a ride on its coattails by making a mobile version of the game. What was crazy about Wilderness Survival is that not only did it mimic PUBG to an uncomfortable degree, but it also came from NetEase, one of the biggest companies in gaming, not some little indie developer. Also, when it hit number 1 in China it unseated the then-current hottest thing in mobile at the time, the MOBA Arena of Valor. A pretty impressive feat.

Anyway, while Wilderness Survival was available in countries outside of China, the game itself was entirely in Chinese. It wasn't too hard to futz your way through menus and whatnot to be able to play the game, but today this process has become much easier as the game we've come to know as Wilderness Survival has officially launched in English under a brand new name: Knives Out [Free]. Also interesting is that the previous Chinese language version is nowhere to be found, so it looks like NetEase has pulled that version in favor of the English version moving forward. I'm actually not one of the gazillion people who plays PUBG so it's hard for me to say whether Knives Out scratches that itch on mobile properly, but if you've been waiting for a way to play this game in English then now is your chance. Grab Knives Out for free with the link below and hit up our forums where discussion surrounding the game is taking place.

  • HelperMonkey

    I’m just going to pretend “Knives Out” is a Radiohead reference.
    ...Hey, cool! A Radiohead reference!

    • Mariko

      Works for me!

  • http://www.youtube.com/xAeroSmashx AeroSmash

    really cool game. Its nice that is finally released worldwide

  • nworbled

    I downloaded it but it's in Chinese. 😐

    • melvin2898

      I just pressed random stuff and I was able to get in.

    • boydstr

      You need to look for “Knives Out” (Amazon or AppStore) that is the English version plays very smooth with a lot of different settings in the option menu,it’s a little confusing same game different names.

  • melvin2898

    The map in this game is massive for a mobile game.
    It's weird...the game is mostly in Chinese even though it has an English mode.
    Also, there's mic chat and people are actually on it. They're speaking Chinese so I don't understand but they're talking like they're friends.

  • Mellan Rivas

    Where I can download this game ?

    • boydstr

      Amazon or AppStore “Knives Out” is the English version “Wilderness Survival” is the Chinese version.Looks and plays great.

  • boydstr

    What I don’t understand that because of the “it mimic PUBG to an uncomfortable degree” that this can be done without the developers permission and can copy someone’s game without any problems or is it not possible to copyright your idea because I never seen that dynamic gameplay mechanics before very original.

    • AnthonyNYG

      You cannot copyright a "genre". PUBG itself was a rip-off of an earlier game "Arma Dayz".

      • boydstr

        I never played “Arma Days” but still it is very strange when someone made a type of game that is totally new and thought of
        game mechanics never seen before and infest a lot of time and resources to made such a game that anyone can copy your formula and steal the fruits of your labor.