PUBG will be free early next year, according to an announcement at the Game Awards.
In a new high-octane trailer recapping the history of the game, which now spans its fifth year, publisher Krafton has confirmed that players will be able to play for free starting January 12, 2022. While the price goes up, some parts of the game will still be paid – new players will have to pay $ 12.99 for a ‘Battlegrounds Plus’ account upgrade that grants access to ranked matches and some in-game elements. will not have to pay these fees and will get some of their own special items through a “PUBG Special Commemorative Pack”.
New or existing players can pre-register for the free game through their website, by linking new and existing Krafton accounts to unlock even more rewards. It’s clear that the team behind the game are looking to cheer on a large number of new and returning players, as the website has a number of resources explaining different aspects of Battle Royale gameplay, from shooter to looting. up to ideas as fundamental as the closing circle. .
Back in August, Krafton hosted a free weeklong event which aimed to gauge interest in a completely free version of PUBG. Considering this coming change, it seems to have been a success. A free mobile version of the game, PUBG Lite, was shut down in April 2021.
PUBG helped kick-start the battle royale craze following its release in 2017, and can be seen as a major inspiration for Fortnite. At the height of its popularity, in early 2018, it surpassed 3.2 million simultaneous players on Steam – a record it still holds today – and remains the third most popular game on the platform. Whether the transition to free-to-play will offer a significant boost remains to be seen, but it certainly has a solid foundation to build on.
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