PUBG: Battlegrounds, which was developed by Krafton company is soon going to become free-to-play, starting from January 2022. The switch will take place on the date January 12th, almost five years since it debuted as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Krafton company announced that the popular battle royal shooting title for PCs and consoles is following the footsteps of its mobile version and going free for all players. Rewards for both new and existing users are scheduled in the next year when the free version is all set for it.
Though, the title of the game stands free-t-play, users will still have to pay for some locked-in-game elements. These items will be available by purchasing a one-time $12.99 fee for an “account upgrade.” After the upgrade process, those players who have already paid will get a PUBG Special Commemorative Pack, that includes Battlegrounds Plus and additional in-game items.
After the launch of PUBG in 2017, it has become a huge hit and sensational gaming platform among game lovers. PUBG: Battlegrounds was originally a paid battle royale multiplayer game.
Also, it inspired epic games to make a free battle royale mode for its new tower defense game called Fortnite.
The advertisements and a Royal Pass system were the basic revenue-earning platforms and the players were able to play the games by getting exclusive elements in-game like player skins, weapon skins, and celebration moves. The rewards include Shackle and Shanks Legacy – Pan, Nameplate – Battle-hardened Legacy, and a few costume skin sets (Battle-hardened Legacy Corset, Jacket, Gloves, Pants, and Boots). Old PUBG players will be able to get access to these benefits automatically after they log into their accounts once the conversion to the FTP model is done.
There were competitions from the same field of gaming platforms and each one of them was racing to reach their goal. Despite tough competition, PUBG: Battlegrounds has remained popular, having sold 75 million copies since its release, The Verge reported.
PUBG is one of the biggest franchises around especially on mobile, and the free-to-play PUBG Mobile has been downloaded more than 1 billion times and Krafton recently released a second free-to-play mobile PUB game.