To celebrate the relaunch, Krafton is chucking all sorts of rewards at players through Drops events. Players can watch streams, complete in-game missions and invite friends to play to nab some extra bits and bobs for their character. Along with the game going free-to-play, a new update has introduced tactical gear, action queueing and a host of training modes. The latter should be especially useful to the swathe of new players who dive in for their first chicken dinner with a basic training grounds, tutorials and AI training matches now available. While PUBG: Battlegrounds still holds a decent player base, it’s a lot quieter than it was a few years ago. Morgan Park decided to return for a few matches in 2021 but felt as though the game had failed to keep up with the genre it helped popularise.
PUBG: Battlegrounds is now live and free to play after a lengthy 37-hour maintenance period. In December, it was announced that the battle royale would lose its $30 price tag in favour of a format more akin to Apex Legends and Fortnite. There is now a free basic version of the game that includes the majority of the modes. You’ll need to pay $13 for Battlegrounds Plus if you want to play ranked or custom matches. Those who purchased the game previously will have their accounts immediately upgraded to Battlegrounds Plus, along with a special anniversary bundle containing a variety of prizes.
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