PUBG: Battlegrounds Now Free to Play

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Attention survivors! The day has finally arrived as PUBG: Battlegrounds is now free to play. Today, we take a look at what to expect with this transition.

For starters, new players begin with a free Basic account which gives them access to most in-game content. Those who want more can upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus to enjoy exclusive features. Battlegrounds Plus is available for $12.99 and gives access to:

  • Survival Mastery XP +100% boost
  • Career – Medal tab
  • Ranked Mode
  • Creating Custom Matches

Meanwhile, returning and current players who bought the game before turning free-to-play get to have their accounts upgraded to Battleground Plus. In addition, they also get the PUBG - Special Commemorative Pack. This pack offers:

  • Costume skin set
  • Battle-hardened Legacy Corset
  • Battle-hardened Legacy Jacket
  • Battle-hardened Legacy Gloves
  • Battle-hardened Legacy Pants
  • Battle-hardened Legacy Boots
  • Shackle and Shanks Legacy – Pan
  • Nameplate – Battle-hardened Legacy

Drops Events

Besides being free-to-play, there are also several Drops events launching. Players can earn rewards by completing in-game missions, inviting friends to the game, and watching partners' streams. The event schedules are:

  • Special Drops 1: F2P Grand Open Event
    • January 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST to February 1 at 2:00 a.m. EST
  • Special Drops 2: Friend Invitation and Referral Code Event
    • January 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST to February 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST
  • Partner Drops
    • January 12 at 2:00 a.m. EST to January 25 at 6:59 a.m. EST

Update 15.2

This is also a good time to join the game with Update 15.2. The main highlight of this new update is the two in-game tutorial modes, ideal for newbies. This first is known as Basic Training Mode where players can learn more about the game by going through five different stages.

For those who think they've learned enough but are not ready yet to face other players, they can try the AI Training Match. In this one, players can fight against 99 bots to get a feel of how an actual normal match plays out. For now, this mode is limited to the Erangel map and only supports TPP.

Learn more about the update here.

PUBG: Battlegrounds is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, Android, and iOS.

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