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PUBG: Battlegrounds announces free-to-play update: list of rewards, dates and more

Highlights
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds will go free-to-play on January 12th, 2022
  • The free-to-play transition will be applicable across all the devices
  • Players who’ve already purchased the game will get free rewards and upgrades

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds AKA PUBG: Battlegrounds will go as a free-to-play title from January 12th, 2022. The news comes from the developer where PUBG Corporation has started transitioning the game from all-paid to free-to-play. The favourite BR game from 2017 will now be available as a free-to-play title from January 12th, 2022, and this applies to all devices, including PC and gaming consoles.

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PUBG: Battlegrounds is the PC/Console version of the popular battle royale game. Earlier, the game was available via a one-time purchase, but considering how long it has existed in the gaming market, the developer is finally releasing it as free-to-play starting this January. As for the players who’ve already purchased the game, the developer has reserved some exclusive benefits and access to limited rewards for them.

PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play: date and time

PUBG Battlegrounds free to play

The game will go live as a free-to-play title from January 12th, 2022. As for the exact time, it will vary according to your platform. The company has shared the same with a blog post on the official website and stated the date and time of the transition. Here are the date and time for the free-to-play transition. 

  • PC: January 11th at 11 PM PT / January 12th at 2 AM ET
  • Gaming consoles: January 12th at midnight PT / 3 AM ET

Since PUBG: Battlegrounds will be updated on both platforms, the servers might be under maintenance and unavailable during the transitions. If you face any issues during the download or gameplay, try refreshing the game or download a fresh copy after a few minutes. 

PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play: list of rewards

PUBG Battlegrounds rewards

Post transition to free-to-play, players can receive free rewards in the game. Some of these rewards are exclusive and are only available to players who have purchased the game before. To receive these rewards, you must link your Krafton ID and pre-register for the game before January 12th, 2022. By doing so, you can acquire a Highslide Slick Top, two preset slot coupons, and a Highside Slick Backpack. Additionally, you can earn a total of 10 Contraband coupons by participating in a quiz on the official website. 

The transition to free-to-play also offers invitation rewards. If you invite up to three friends to pre-register for the game before January 12th, 2022, you can get your hands on the Highside Slick Helmet and Iron G-Coin Box. As for the bonus rewards, here are the things you can get during the free-to-play transition. 

  • PS5 (two winners)
  • Xbox Series X (three winners)
  • Alienware x15 laptop (10 winners)
  • Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense (15 winners)
  • 10,000 G-coin (100 winners)

Battlegrounds Plus will go live after the free-to-play transition

Battlegrounds Plus

Post-free-to-play update, the developer aims to release Battlegrounds Plus, a premium option that will go on sale after January 12th, 2022. The game will go live on sale with a one-time purchase of $13 or Rs 961. This version will include additional features and rewards inaccessible in the free-to-play version. Here are some of the rewards you will get with the Battlegrounds Plus upgrade. 

  • Survival Mastery XP + 100 percent boost
  • Career medal tab
  • Ranked mode
  • Custom match creator
  • Captain’s Camo Hat
  • Captain’s Camo Mask
  • Captain’s Camo Gloves
  • 1,300 G-coin
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