The change was in the air for a few months, but now it’s finally official: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will go free-to-play starting January 12, 2022, about five years after the game was first released on PC. The announcement occurred during The Game Awards 2021, and Krafton has revealed more details about the change on their website.
Starting January 12, all PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and PC players will be able to download PUBG at no cost. The decision to change the model is linked to the extraordinary success of PUBG: Mobile, which, thanks to the free-to-play model, allows the studio to collect billions upon billions and constantly increase the number of players.
The version of PUBG arriving in January will include the base game and most of the functionality, but not the ranked mode and customizable matches, which will only be available to those who purchase the $ 12.99 Battleground Plus. The Premium package in question will include the modes above, a 100% XP Boost, a full skin, 1,300 G-Coins, and other monthly content, and will only need to be purchased once. It is an extra package that will allow you to play competitive PvP and experience the real PUBG experience.
Krafton confirms that all base game owners will receive Battleground Plus at no additional cost, along with an additional Premium Pack called the “Special Commemorative Pack,” featuring a full outfit set and a nameplate. In case you already have the game. Therefore, you will not have to buy anything, but instead, you will receive a series of extra content.