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PUBG: Battleground going free-to-play soon: Here’s all you need to know



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  • PUBG Battleground is going free to play, but the ranked mode will still cost you
  • The big change for the pioneering battle royale takes place on January 12th.
  • Krafton is introducing an optional Battlegrounds Plus upgrade.

Here’s some surprise news! Last night at The Game Awards, Krafton announced that the PUBG Battleground game will become a free-to-play game starting January 12, 2022. Since 2017, the game has attracted many battle royale fans through its realistic gunplay and non-stop action. This is the best opportunity to invite your friends to the world of PUBG: Battlegrounds.

All players who have owned and played PUBG: Battlegrounds before the free-to-play service transition will automatically receive a PUBG – Special Commemorative Pack, which consists of Battlegrounds Plus upgrade and various rewards.

After PUBG: Battlegrounds becomes free-to-play, it will also introduce a new premium account called Battlegrounds Plus. This offers players extra currency, a Ranked Mode, Custom Match functionality, in-game items, and other bonuses. The account upgrade comes with a one-time fee of $12.99, but the features are optional to the core PUBG experience.

“As PUBG: Battlegrounds pioneered the battle royale genre and has grown into a globally influential game IP, this is the perfect time to transition to F2P and welcome new players to the game,” Krafton CEO CH Kim said. “Transitioning to F2P is the next step in our journey to widen the scope of the PUBG IP through content that both new and veteran players will love.”

Battleground Plus

After the free-to-play service transition is made, PUBG: Battlegrounds will be free for anyone to play! Players will start off with a Basic account and this allows access to most of the game features. However, certain features are limited to Battlegrounds Plus accounts such as Ranked Mode, Creating and playing Custom Match, etc.

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You can also get new items when upgrading to Battlegrounds Plus. Battlegrounds Plus rewards include Captain’s Camo Hat, Mask, Gloves, and Bonus 1300 G-COIN. The free-to-play version of PUBGis available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC via Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

As PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play goes live on January 12, 2022, so stay tuned for more information.

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