Four years ago, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was available on Steam, officially opening the battle royale genre game.
4 years have passed, at TGA 2021 today, PUBG Studios announced that PUBG will officially be available to players for free on January 12, 2022.
According to the report, once free, the game’s business model matches that of the current mainstream battle royale games Apex Heroes and Call of Duty: War Zone.
Officially, starting January 12, PUBG has two versions: free and Plus. The free version allows players to experience most of the game’s features; while the Plus version has more content, including a qualifying mode. The price of the Plus version is 12.99 USD. Players who previously purchased the game will be automatically upgraded to Plus.
In this regard, some gamers are calling for “refunds” of previously purchased games, and other players believe that after the game is free, the amount of “plug-ins” will increase sharply.
In addition, players can enjoy exclusive features at free open including: 1300G coin reward, survival experience double value, ranked mode, custom match function, items in the game.
Information shows that in PUBG players need to collect various resources on the game map and fight against other players in a shrinking safe area to survive to the end.
PUBG has made battle royale one of the most popular game genres. The free-to-play version is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC via Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
PUBG launched in early access in 2017 and quickly became popular, occupying a high position in the ranking of top games on Steam. The game eventually made its way to consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and was originally priced at $29.99.
PUBG maintained the dominance of the battle royale genre until early 2018, when Fortnite: Battle Royale started to appear and quickly became popular.