PUBG Battlegrounds turns to a Free-To-Play model: As the game-changing title that had given life to the Battle Royale genre, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS had changed the FPS completely. While it was hugely popular in its early phase, it was quickly overshadowed by other games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone. Each brought in something new to the genre and some of them were completely free-to-play. Finally, it was announced during The Game Awards 202, that PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS will shift to a free-to-play model from January next year.
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS will have an option for a Plus Account
Those who opt for the free-to-play model will get a basic account that will provide them with most of the features of this Battle Royale game. Still, new players have a chance to get a Plus account by spending a one-time amount of $12.99. This will provide them with Survival Mastery XP + 100% Boost, Career – Medal Tab, Ranked Mode, and the ability to create and play in a Custom Match. Players will also receive Captain’s Camo Hat, Captain’s Camo Mask, Captain’s Camo Gloves, and Bonus 1300 G-COIN.
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS veteran players will receive Plus Account and other rewards
For those veteran players who have already purchased the Battle Royale game earlier, they will receive the PUBG – SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE PACK. It will provide them with a free BATTLEGROUNDS Plus account upgrade and automatically unlock the Costume Skin Set (Battle-hardened Legacy Corset, Jacket, Gloves, Pants, and Boots), the Shackle and Shanks Legacy – Pan, and the Nameplate – Battle-hardened Legacy.
The only thing better than a Chicken Dinner, is a FREE Chicken Dinner with your friend. From January 12th, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS embarks on a new journey; Free-to-play! Invite your friends and assemble your own squad! Pre-register now @ https://t.co/zupXYgnrwq pic.twitter.com/tx865jNMBK
— PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBG) December 10, 2021
You need to have purchased the game before the free-to-play remodeling happens to receive this special pack. According to the developers, the list includes:
- On Steam: Players who purchased or acquired the game through a redeem code before the free-to-play transition on January 10, 2022, at 10 AM PT.
- Xbox/Stadia: Players who have created and set up the in-game nickname after purchasing the game before the free-to-play transition on January 10, 2022, at 10 AM PT.
- PlayStation: Players who purchased the PUBG – Special Free To Play Transition Pack for free on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS in-game store between December 12, 2021, at 11 PM PT to January 10, 2022, at 11 AM PT.
- Due to local laws and platform policies, Japanese PlayStation accounts will need to purchase the “PUBG – SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE PACK” for ¥100 from the in-game store as the team is unable to provide free products in this region.
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS: Pre-Registration has begun
Players can pre-register for this transition which will take place on 12th January 2022. They will receive a Highside Slick Lv. 1 Backpack Item, a Highside Slick T-Shirt Item, and one Preset Slot Coupon (7 Days) in the game when they log in.
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS: Invite your friends and get more in-game rewards
If you want to delve into this game, add in a group of friends through your invite link. If you get three friends to pre-register, you will unlock a Highside Slick Lv. 1 Helmet Item, an Iron G-Coin Box Item, and 1 Bonus Reward Entry. The Bonus Reward Entry puts players into a raffle where they have a random chance to win such great prizes as an Alienware gaming laptop, Xbox Series X, PS5, Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, or 10,000 G-Coin.
Cheating is always a concern with online free-to-play games. Here’s what we’re doing to prevent it for PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS.
— PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBG) December 11, 2021
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS: Complete the My PUBG Play Style event
Players can take a quiz regarding what type of PUBG players they want to be at the end of the pre-registration process. By completing this My PUBG Play Style event, they will receive various rewards which include a PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS spray and 10 Contraband Coupons.
PUBG BATTLEGROUNDS: Anti-cheat measures for the game
With the transition to the free-to-play model, the developers will also be adding new anti-cheat measures to make the gameplay experience more fair and enjoyable.
- Automatic analysis of cheat software based on machine learning techniques
- 24-hour monitoring of Ranked matches in upper ranks
- Implementation of kernel drivers
- Preventing tampering of client
- Hardware ban system improvements
With all these new updates, we can conclude that the developers are looking to attract more players back to the game by providing a more fair and enjoyable experience. Pre-register today and start your journey in the free-to-play model of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS from 12th January 2022.