The recent decision by PUBG: Battlegrounds to make the game free is “in no way a reaction” to similar successful free-to-play shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite and Apex Legends, all of which are similar to this model accepted.
During an interview with GamesRadar, Studio Creative Director Dave Curd discussed his move to a free-to-play structure on PC and consoles starting today. “We made the decision to make PUBG: Battlegrounds playable for free because we think it’s really the right time,” explained Curd.
“Our game is in a great place with eight maps, a dedicated community, and our deep gun mechanics, so this is the natural next step and a great way to introduce more players to our universe interested in PUBG: Battlegrounds but out You’ve never gotten around to playing it for various reasons – now is the perfect time to get started. “
Elsewhere in the interview, Curd stated that the decision was “in no way a reaction” to other similar Battle Royale titles on the market. “These are all great games that specialize in their own strengths, just like us. We develop our game independently of others and we are excited to see what’s to come, ”he said.
PUBG Corporation announced during a segment at The Game Awards last year that the game was moving to a free-to-play model. During the show, the developer announced that PUBG will have two tiers in the future – a standard free-to-play account that “gives you access to most game features” and the studio’s premium tier, Battlegrounds Plus. Players who have already purchased the game will automatically become part of Battlegrounds Plus, while those new to the series will have to pay $ 12.99 if they want to take advantage of the mode’s additional features.
The full list of Battlegrounds Plus benefits is:
- Bonus 1,300 G-COIN
- Survival Master XP + 100% Boost
- Career – Medals tab
- Ranking mode
- Custom match functionality
- In-game items, including the Captain’s Camo set, which includes a hat, stealth mask, and stealth gloves
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