During The Game Awards 2021, Krafton revealed that PUBG: Battlegrounds will transition to a “free-to-play” (F2P) model starting January 12, 2022 on PC and consoles, signaling the start of a new era for the popular battle royale game. For those interested in reliving the TGA reveal, find the full trailer here.
When PUBG: Battlegrounds transitions to F2P, it will introduce Battleground Plus, an optional premium account upgrade that allows players to access a variety of new and exclusive in-game features. While all players will start with basic account that offers access to most game features, they can upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus for a one-time fee of $12.99 USD and gain access to the following:
- Bonus 1,300 G-COIN
- Survival Mastery XP + 100% boost
- Career – Medal tab
- Ranked Mode
- Custom Match functionality
- In-Game items, including the Captain’s Camo set, which includes hat, camo mask and camo gloves
Players who have purchased and played PUBG: Battlegrounds before its transition to F2P will receive the PUBG – Special Commemorative Pack, which will include an automatic account upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus, the battle-hardened costume skin set, the shackle and shanks legacy pan and the battle-hardened legacy nameplate.
“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,” said CH Kim, CEO of Krafton. “The game has grown substantially since we brought it to Early Access nearly five years ago, and we believe it offers one of the best values in gaming. Whether it’s the game’s eight unique maps, consistently updated features or engaging in-game partner activations, 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.”
Throughout the next several weeks, players can visit https://pre-reg.pubg.com to find a variety of activities to celebrate PUBG: Battlegrounds’ transition to F2P. Players will be able to pre-register to play the F2P version of the game, take a gaming personality test and participate in “Invite A Friend” activity to earn select in-game items.
Additional details about PUBG: Battlegrounds transition to F2P will be shared in the coming weeks.