PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has undergone its fair share of changes in the four years it has been available, from its inception in December 2017, into its transition onto consoles in 2018, to the hugely popular PUBG Mobile. The game that for some kickstarted the battle royale genre is now morphing into what might be its most significant form yet. That’s right, PUBG is free-to-play!
Officially titled PUBG: Battlegrounds nowadays, the realistic battle royale shooter is now available free of charge on PC and consoles – Xbox, PlayStation and Stadia. But first, let’s back it up a bit, just in case you aren’t familiar with a game that will surely go down in history.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a battle royale shooter in which 100 players are dropped onto a huge map, and must make use of a number of weapons found on the ground to kill others, whilst slowly moving into a gradually decreasing zone of play. Last one standing wins, and is granted the all important chicken dinner. It’s fairly simple stuff, but weapon attachments, healing items, vehicles and a variety of maps only serve to add layers of complexity, should you wish to keep racking up wins.
Upon booting up the game for the first time as of now, players will start on the Basic Account, and for a one-time payment of £10.74 they can upgrade to the BATTLEGROUNDS Plus account, which comes with a number of gameplay features and additional goodies.
The complete list of features available only to BATTLEGROUNDS Plus players is as follows:
- Bonus 1,300 G-COIN
- Survival Masters XP + 100 percent 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
For long-standing players that played PUBG before the move to free-to-play, you will not have to pay to access the BATTLEGROUNDS Plus content. The PUBG – SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE PACK contains an automatic upgrade to the BATTLEGROUNDS Plus content, as well as some cosmetic items to proudly display that this ain’t your first rodeo.
There really is no reason not to jump into PUBG if you’ve never done so before – it’s free! And for those who may already have some chicken dinners under their belt, PUBG going free-to-play can only be a good thing – more players, more updates, and more content drops are sure to come in the future.
And if you’re just starting out on your journey, the PUBG – Starter Package for £1.69 may be of interest. This holds 3 Costume Skins, Bonus 500 G-Coin, 10,000 BP and 50 Contraband Coupons.
PUBG: Battlegrounds is now available free of charge on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC and Stadia. For Xbox, head on over to the Xbox Store to download – but make sure to read our review first!