PUBG: Battlegrounds Free-To-Play Update: Start Time And Rewards

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PUBG: Battlegrounds, formerly known as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is finally free-to-play. This transition applies across all platforms (but not PUBG: Mobile), including both PC and console, and follows several years of the game as a paid, premium offering. However, that doesn’t mean those who bought the game already as being left in the dust, and there will still be paid options moving forward for those looking to further support it and get some extra goodies. Here’s what you need to know about the free-to-play switch for PUBG, which happened on January 12–and the rewards available to veteran players.

When does PUBG: Battlegrounds go free-to-play?

PUBG: Battlegrounds is now officially free-to-play. The change occurred after a maintenance period on January 11 and 12.

PUBG: Battlegrounds rewards

There are a few different sets of rewards you can receive in PUBG: Battlegrounds, some of which require you to have been a paying player before it transitioned to free-to-play. If you linked your Krafton ID and pre-registeredr up through January 11, you will receive a Highside Slick Backpack, Highslide Slick Top, and two preset slot coupons.

Pre-registration rewards
Pre-registration rewards

If you invited three friends to pre-register up through January 11, you’ll all receive a Highside Slick Helmet and Iron G-Coin Box, as well. Additionally, you’ll get chance at a bonus reward:

Invite-a-friend rewards
Invite-a-friend rewards
  • 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)

For those who have played the paid version before, you’ll get the following rewards as well as a free Battlegrounds Plus membership (more on that in a minute)

  • Costume skin set
  • Shackle and Shanks Legacy – Pan
  • Battle-hardened Legacy nameplate

What is Battlegrounds Plus?

Battlegrounds Plus is a premium option that went on sale when the free era began. It’s free for anyone who bought the game prior to this, and costs $13 to purchase as a one-time transaction on its own. You get the following rewards:

  • Survival Mastery XP + 100% 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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