PUBG Battlegrounds first landed on consoles in Xbox Game Preview, way back in 2017. It was a premium product, even in its preview state, but it's safe to say things have changed for the genre since. To keep up, PUBG is going free.
As of today, with the game's 15.2 update, PUBG is free-to-play. Anyone can jump in with a "Basic" account and play some battle royale across the game's various, sprawling maps. However, one mode is locked away for free players.
Ranked mode comes as part of Battlegrounds Plus, a premium add on for the newly-free PUBG. The developer says that the one off $12.99 payment for ranked is to discourage cheaters in the game's more competitive mode.
The Plus option also comes with 1300 g-coin, an XP boost, some cosmetics, a career medals tab and the ability to create custom matches. Battlegrounds Plus will be free for players who previously purchased the base game.
If you ask us, it's probably a little late for PUBG to be transitioning to a free-to-play model, given the success of its competition. Nevertheless, it's still a good move for one of the longest running battle royales out there.
Will you be jumping into PUBG now that it's free-to-play?