Seminal battle royale shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is now free-to-play, inviting all stag and hen events to parachute into vacation resorts for paintballing which unintentionally makes use of actual weapons. People who beforehand paid for PUBG: Battlegrounds (the new-ish official identify changing Plunkbat) have been grandfathered into the brand new Battlegrounds Plus account tier and obtain obtain some edgy digital garments too. Everybody else, hey, in you come.
The devs had a free-to-play model of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds: Battlegrounds earlier than, PUBG Lite, meant for low-spec computer systems. They shut that down in 2021. This right here is simply PUBG: BG open to all.
Free-to-players do not get all the pieces, thoughts. They can not play Ranked mode, partially as a result of the devs are conscious that eradicating the worth tag removes one incentive to not get banned for dishonest. They can not create customized matches both. And so they acquire solely half as a lot XP for the persistent development jazz. For that, you want Battlegrounds Plus standing.
New gamers can bump their account as much as Battlegrounds Plus by paying $13. Individuals who owned the sport by January tenth ought to now have Plus standing with out paying a penny, as a result of they already paid. Present house owners additionally obtain a ‘Battle-hardened Legacy’ outfit, which has the sport’s signature kewl d00d mall goth aesthetic plus a pan pores and skin with a buzzsaw.
Accompanying all that is patch 15.2, which fixes some points whereas including the brand new merchandise sort, Tactical Gear. This stuff offer you new skills in alternate on your main weapon slot. The remote-controlled Drone can scout distant areas and even decide up an merchandise for you, although it may be shot down, whereas the EMT Gear makes your therapeutic sooner and higher, each for you and teamies. A brand new tutorial course of is in too.
You may play PUBG: BG free on Steam now.
Whereas Plunkbat has shed lots of of hundreds of gamers since its peak in 2018, it remained one of many most-played video games on Steam whereas nonetheless charging £27. That is fairly spectacular, contemplating that decline is inevitable for a multiplayer shooter and that it had fierce competitors from many free-to-play battle royale video games—lots of whom had been means much less janky. I will be curious to see what occurs now Plunkbat is F2P too.
I performed lots of of hours of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds: Battlegrounds again within the day, an everyday rotation of laaads on our Discord all the time eager to go on a pleasant hike, chat about our days, sing Chelsea Dagger, and perhaps, simply perhaps, shoot somebody. I wrote about it so much, too. I loved treating it as a really foolish sport as a result of it’s a very foolish sport, irrespective of how edgy advertising pretended it was. I wrote vacationer critiques of resorts and revamps, scouted swimming places, and customarily dicked about. A great time. A few of the lads are inquisitive about a return now.