We reported in December that the granddaddy of the battle royale genre (at least as far as video games are concerned) PUBG Battlegrounds announced that after more than 70 million copies sold, the game would go free-to-play. Now that fateful day has come.
From today, January 12, 2022, players can go to their respective storefronts and find the previously premium product now permanently provided pro bono.
PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold will no longer be needed after the move to free-to-play
PUBG has remained a premium game longer than I ever expected, mainly because the The battle royale landscape has matured, but in 2022, it’s finally transitioning to a free-to-play model. Announced last night at The Game Awards 2021, Krafton plans to make PUBG a free-to-play game on January 12, 2022, i.e. for PC and console versions.
Players who recently purchased the game will receive a free Battlegrounds Plus account
As compensation for players who recently purchased the BR title online, Krafton will provide the Upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus for free. Players will be able to get Plus account benefits after their first login once PUBG: Battlegrounds becomes a F2P model. You can search for rewards in the Customize tab. Most notably, the game will be free to download, however the freemium tag will be limited to specific game modes and certain items. The limited features will be unlocked once players purchase the Battlegrounds Plus upgrade. Three promotional events will be held as the F2P transition date approaches.
Speaking of the benefits of the game, those who bought the game before its free-to-play transition will receive “PUBG Special Commemorative Pack”. The update will be provided to all eligible accounts and will include the following rewards: Battle-Hardened Legacy Corset, Battle-Hardened Legacy Jacket, Battle-Hardened Legacy Gloves, Battle-Hardened Legacy Pants, and Battle-Hardened Legacy Boots. There will also be Shackle and Shanks Legacy Pan and battle-hardened Legacy Nameplate rewards. As for the Battlegrounds Plus upgrade benefits, players will receive the Captain’s Camouflage Mask, Gloves, Hat, and an extra 1,300 G-coins. With the update, it will be possible to access Survival Mastery XP + 100% increase, Medal Tab in Ranked and Career modes, and create and play a custom match. Of note, Battlegrounds Plus will be a one-time update for regular players.
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Players with access to Battlegrounds Plus will have access to: