PUBG Battlegrounds is now a free-to-play game
Will the move to free-to-play boost PUBG's playerbase?
Published: 11th January 2022 | Source: Steam |
It's done, PUBG: Battlegrounds is now a free-to-play game
Starting today, PUBG: Battlegrounds is now a free-to-play game on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. On all platforms, gamers can now play the ever popular Battle Royale game without paying a penny.
Alongside PUBG: Battleground's move to free-to-play comes new anti-cheat features for the game and a new premium tier called "Battlegrounds Plus". Battlegrounds Plus is a one-time $12.99 "account upgrade" that will allow gamers to access PUBG's Ranked Mode, Custom Matches, additional in-game currency and exclusive in-game items. Existing owners of PUBG will get free access to "Battlegrounds Plus".
PUBG: Battlegrounds is a Battle Royale title where players must land at strategic locations, hunt for loot/supplies and work to become the last team standing as the map's playable area becomes smaller.
With their move to free-to-play, KRAFTON plans to increase PUBG's playerbase. This shift makes PUBG more competitive with other free-to-play battle royale games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite. Typically, PUBG has concurrent player peaks of over 300,000 gamers on Steam daily. It will be interesting to see if this number will increase after PUBG moves to free-to-play.
With PUBG: Battleground's 15.2 free-to-play update, the game has received support for tactical gear, giving players new ways to improve their in-game performance. Beyond that, this update also includes new optimisations and quality of life improvements, including updated mini maps.
Starting today, PUBG: Battlegrounds is available for free on Steam, the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live.