Back in December we reported that the granddaddy of the battle royale genre (at least as it pertains to video games) PUBG Battlegrounds announced that after more than 70 million copies sold, the game was going free-to-play. Now that fateful day has arrived.
From today, the 12th of January 2022, players can head over to their respective storefronts and find the previously premium product now provided permanently pro bono.
Of course, as it is going free-to-play, new ways of monetisation have been added primarily through a new paid-for tier known as Battlegrounds Plus.
Battlegrounds Plus is a rather generous permanent upgrade to the game costing just $12.99 USD and gives access to:
- Survival Mastery XP +100% boost
- Career – Medal tab
- Ranked Mode
- Creating Custom Matches
- Some unique cosmetic gear
Fortunately, those who already own the game will be treated to a free upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus as well as some exclusive costumes and cosmetics, namely:
- Costume skin set
- Battle-hardened Legacy Corset
- Battle-hardened Legacy Jacket
- Battle-hardened Legacy Gloves
- Battle-hardened Legacy Pants
- Battle-hardened Legacy Boots
- Shackle and Shanks Legacy – Pan
- Nameplate – Battle-hardened Legacy
All in all as it stands, PUBG Battlegrounds' free-to-play transition is looking to be a rather fair and consumer friendly one. Hopefully it remains this way as the game embarks on its new free-to-play journey.
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