PUBG: Battlegrounds is now free-to-play on PC and consoles. During The Game Awards, Krafton had already announced that the game will become free to play in January. This means that the PC and console versions of the game now follow the footstep of PUBG: Mobile, PUBG: New State, and Battlegrounds Mobile India, which have always been free. On top of this, the PUBG: Battlegrounds also gets the v15.2 update that adds a bunch of new features such as Tactical Gear.
Of course, the transition to a free-to-play model comes with a notable change. The game will now offer an optional premium account upgrade called Battlegrounds Plus. This is a one-time upgrade fee of $12.99. It is not yet confirmed how much the upgrade will cost in India. By upgrading, players will get access to the following features.
- Bonus 1,300 G-COIN
- Survival Mastery XP + 100% boost
- Career – Medal tab
- Ranked Mode
- Custom Match functionality
- In-Game items, including the Captain’s Camo set, which includes hat, camo mask and camo gloves
Those who already purchased the game shouldn’t fret. These players will receive the PUBG – Special Commemorative Pack. This will include an automatic account upgrade to Battlegrounds Plus, the Battle-Hardened costume skin set, the Shackle and Shanks Legacy Pan, and the Battle-Hardened Legacy nameplate.
PUBG: Battlegrounds v15.2 update
The v15.2 update to PUBG: Battlegrounds adds new Tactical Gear to the game. These allow players to offer additional support to their team. The Tactical Gear takes up a player’s primary weapon slot but can open up more strategic options to players. So teams coordinate and weigh their options when choosing to carry Tactical Gear. These are the items that will initially be available.
The drone allows players to scout far-off areas from relative safety. The drone can scout a distance of up to 300 meters around the player. It can also be used to pick up items without the risk of exposing oneself to enemy fire.
EMT Gear allows players to heal any damaged team members by using one of their own healing items. Players can toggle between different healing items via the weapon fire mode selection button.
You can check out the entire patch notes for PUBG: Battlerounds’ v15.2 update here.
Also read: Battlegrounds Mobile India December Update Brings New React Survival Mode, Alongside 6 Returning Game Modes