PUBG Goes Free to Play in January 2022
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS will be free to play starting on Jan.12, 2022, Krafton announced during The Game Awards 2021 show on Thursday.
The announcement was made in a trailer less than a minute long, recapping how, after five years, eight maps, and over 14 billion hours played worldwide, the battle royale is set to enter its next era with a transition over to a free-to-play model.
With the battle royale genre's other popular titles such as Fortnite, Warzone and Apex Legends all being free-to-play, it should be no surprise that PUBG is taking the steps to be in the same boat soon.
In preparation for when PUBG goes free-to-play in nearly five weeks, eager players on PC (via Steam), PlayStation, Xbox and Stadia can pre-register now at pre-reg.pubg.com, and invite their friends to do so as well.
As a reward for going through the various steps to link their new or existing Krafton IDs with their gaming platform accounts, players can receive a Special Care Package after Jan. 12 that includes a Highside Slick Backpack (Level 1), a Highside Slick Top, and two Preset Slot Coupons (7 Days).
Those who manage to have more than three friends complete pre-registration through their invite links will also be eligible to receive a Highside Slick Lv. 1 Helmet Item and an Iron G-Coin Box Item for all parties involved.
Those who redeem the aforementioned in-game rewards by 6:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, 2022, will reportedly also be automatically entered for a chance to win one of Krafton's bonus rewards:
- Alienware x15 (PC, 10 Winners)
- Xbox Series X (Console, 3 Winners)
- PlayStation 5 (Console, 2 Winners)
- Razer Kraken (PC & Console, 15 Winners)
- 10,000 G-Coin (PC & Console, 100 Winners)
While PUBG will be free-to-play, Krafton also plans to offer a premium, one-time purchase upgrade called Battlegrounds Plus.
In exchange for $12.99 USD, Battlegrounds Plus will offer its buyers access to a Survival Mastery XP +100% boost, the Career – Medal tab, Ranked Mode, and the ability to create and play Custom Matches.
Additionally, Battlegrounds Plus will grant players a Captain’s Camo Hat, a Captain’s Camo Mask, a Captain’s Camo Gloves, and a 1,300 G-Coin bonus.
All players who have owned and played PUBG before the free-to-play service transition will automatically receive the PUBG – Special Commemorative Pack, which includes a free Battlegrounds Plus upgrade and various rewards. These will automatically apply to eligible accounts after the free-to-play service conversion.