PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the breakout shooter game that helped bring the battle royale genre into the spotlight, will be switching to a free-to-play model beginning January 12 next year.
Game developer Krafton announced the change on Thursday at The Game Awards, and this affects all players on PC, console, and mobile. Certain parts of the game, however, will be locked behind a paywall.
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Features such as ranked matches, custom matches, and limited in-game items will be available only for players who avail of the upgrade known as Battlegrounds Plus, which comes with a one-time cost of $12.99.
Krafton hopes to expand its player base when the game goes free-to-play. For current players who already paid for the game, they will receive a Special Commemorative Pack that comes with cosmetic items and a free upgrade to Battleground Plus.
Currently, PUBG is sold on Steam with a local Philippine price of Php759.95.