PUBG: Battlegrounds Going Free-to-Play Beginning January 12

A new way to play the game.
A new way to play the game. Krafton

If you've been curious about PUBG: Battlegrounds but not sure if you want to spend on it, then here’s some good news. The game is for a free-to-play model beginning January 12. This change affects both PC and console versions.

Once F2P is live, players start with a basic account that gives access to many of the game features. However, there’s a premium account upgrade called Battlegrounds Plus for a one-time fee of $12.99.

Those who get a premium account can access:

  • Bonus 1,300 G-COIN
  • Survival Masters XP + 100% boost
  • Career - Medal tab
  • Ranked Mode
  • Custom Match functionality
  • In-Game items like the Captain’s Camo set which has a hat, camo mask, and camo gloves.

Now you’re probably wondering what about those who already have the game? They’re going to receive the PUBG – Special Commemorative Pack which contains:

  • Automatic account upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus
  • Battle-Hardened costume skin set
  • Shackle and Shanks Legacy Pan
  • Battle-Hardened Legacy nameplate

In a statement, Krafton CH Kim revealed that besides pioneering the battle royale genre, PUBG has become a globally influential game. This makes it offer what could be the best values in gaming. He went on to say that this move is but the next step in the journey to widen the scope of the game that veterans and new players will love.

F2P Pre-Registration

In preparation for this big change, players can now pre-register to join various events and earn rewards. It’s divided into three phases, which are:

  • Pre-Registration Event
    • Create a Krafton ID or sign in to the pre-registration website here.
    • Rewards
      • 1 Highside Slick Lv. 1 Backpack Item
      • 1 Highside Slick T-Shirt Item
      • 1 Preset Slot Coupon (7 Days)
    • Event End Date (PC & Console)
      • January 11 at 6:59 p.m. ET
  • Invite a Friend Event
    • Sign in to the pre-registration website using your KRAFTON ID and get an invite link after finishing the pre-registration.
    • Forward the link to friends.
    • A player is considered to have participated successfully in this event once more than three friends can complete pre-registration through the invite link.
    • Rewards
      • 1 Highside Slick Lv. 1 Helmet Item(Everyone)
      • 1 Iron G-Coin Box Item (Everyone)
      • 1 Bonus Reward from:
        • 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)
    • Event End Date (PC & Console)
      • January 11 at 6:59 p.m. ET
  • My PUBG Play Style
    • Sign in to the pre-registration website with the KRAFTON ID.
    • Players need to take the My PUBG Play Style test after signing in to receive the rewards.
    • Participate in this event by taking the test.
    • Rewards
      • 1 PUBG Battlegrounds Spray
      • 10 Contraband Coupons
    • Event End Date (PC & Console)
      • March 31 at 6:59 p.m. ET

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

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