PUBG, which goes free to play, is ‘by no means an answer’ to Fortnite and Apex Legends

PUBG: Battlegrounds’ recent decision to make the game free to play is “by no means an answer” to similarly successful free-to-play shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite and Apex Legends, all of which have taken over the same model.

In an interview with GamesRadar, the studio’s creative director Dave Curd discussed his move to a free-to-play structure on PCs and consoles from today. “We came to the decision to make PUBG: Battlegrounds free to play because we feel it’s really the right time,” Curd explained.

“Our game is a great place with eight cards, a committed community and our deep gun mechanics, so this is the natural next step and a great way to introduce more players to our universe. I know there are a lot of people who are interested in PUBG: Battlegrounds, but have never started playing it for various reasons – now is the perfect time to get started. “

Elsewhere in the interview, Curd explained that the decision was “by no means an answer” to other similar Battle Royale titles on the market. “They are all great games that specialize in their own unique strengths, just like we do. We develop our games independently of others and are excited to see what comes next,” he said.

PUBG Corporation announced that the game would move to a free-to-play model under a segment at The Game Awards last year. During the show, the developer revealed that PUBG would have two levels in the future – a standard free-to-play account that “provides access to most game features”, and the studio’s premium level, Battlegrounds Plus. Players who have previously purchased the game are automatically made a part of Battlegrounds Plus, while newcomers to the series must pay $ 12.99 if they want the extra features that the mode has to offer.

The full list of Battlegrounds Plus benefits are:

  • Bonus 1,300 G-COIN
  • Survival Masters XP + 100 percent boost
  • Career – Medal fan
  • Rated condition
  • Custom Match functionality
  • In-Game items, including the Captain’s Camo set, which include hat, camo mask and camo gloves

For more on PUBG: Battlegrounds, be sure to check out this video that describes 5 additional things to know about the game that will be free to play.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.

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