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PUBG delays July update, introduces paid cosmetics

PlayerUnknown himself teased that the next big monthly update for Battlegrounds would include the much anticipated first-person servers, an FOV slider and a new rifle. Unfortunately, this update has been pushed back to August 3rd as a result of “complications with a client crash bug.”

A Steam Community post reads “We would like to provide more content as well as test the basic crate and key system we want to implement in the final version of the game.” Alongside the delayed July update, developer Bluehole will introduce the Wanderer and Survivor crate alongside the Gamescom Invitational Crate on August 3rd.

“All three crates will contain items inspired by the Battle Royale movie, some of which you may have seen in our older artworks. The first and second crates, named the Wanderer Crate and the Survivor Crate, will be free to open. Each of these crates will include one set of the themed clothing, on top of other cosmetic items. The third crate named the Gamescom Invitational Crate will have the most diverse pool of themed clothing.”

A group of the “best Battlegrounds content creators” are set to run daily events at this years Gamescom conference based in Cologne. Gamescom 2017 is home to the first ever PUBG Invitational in which attendees compete in qualifiers.

“We have implemented a very basic key and crate system for this test. You can use your Battle Points (BP) to buy the crate on the Rewards page. While the Wanderer Crate and the Survivor Crate will be free to open, the Gamescom Invitational Crate can be opened with a key which you can buy for $2.50 each,” Bluehole said about the crate testing. The testing period is connected to the Invitational as “Proceeds from the sale of the keys to open the Gamescom Invitational Crate will be used to provide funds needed to organize the event, to provide a prize pool for the invitational winners, to support a selection of charities.”

The Gamescom Invitational Crate is only available until August 27th, when the event wraps up.

Lastly, in-game skin systems that promise to help players “further customize [their] character” won’t be arriving until the game receives a full launch.

KitGuru Says: This ESL tournament has $350,000 in prizes which is staggering for a game still in early access. So far, I’m not sure what to make of these business practices but the developers have remained attentive of its player base. Do you fancy yourself a pro at PUBG? What do you think about the new crates?

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