PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play update release date, time, rewards, and more

Highlights
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds to roll out free-to-play update on January 12th across all available platforms.
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds premium players get special rewards based on their memberships prior to the update. 
  • Battlegrounds Plus to become the replacement premium title for players willing to make in-app purchases.

PUBG: Battlegrounds the uber-popular shooting game is going free from January 12th. This will be applicable across all platforms, including PC and console. This change comes after the game was a paid premium title for many years now. However, players who have invested prior to the free-to-play update will be allowed to enjoy certain reserved benefits and continue to access limited rewards. Post the PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play update that goes live on Wednesday, depending upon which platform, the Battlegrounds Plus title will be made available for a one-time transaction fee for players to buy and will offer a more premium experience with added in-game goodies and gameplay features. 

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PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play launch time 

The PUBG: Battlegrounds free-to-play update officially goes live on January 12th. The time of rollout will depend upon the platform the player is on. The following enlists the end of the maintenance periods of servers on PC and console that will take place prior to the rollout: 

  • PC: January 11th at 11 pm PT / January 12th at 12:30 PM IST
  • Console: January 12th at 12 am PT / January 13th 1:30 PM IST

Depending upon the maintenance schedule and traffic, glitches and hiccups can be expected. Trying at different times can help with updating to the free-to-play version. 

PUBG: Battlegrounds rewards

There will be a host of rewards awaiting players in the new update some of which will be limited to players who have made purchases previously before the title shifts into a free-to-play mode. Players can avail a Highside Slick Backpack, Highslide Slick Top, and two preset slot coupons by pre-registering via their Krafton ID through January 11th. These rewards will become available once the free-to-play period has begun. There will also be a play-style quiz, upon completion will reward players with 10 Contraband coupons.

Players can invite up to three friends by January 11th to receive a Highside Slick Helmet and Iron G-Coin Box. Bonus rewards such as:

  • 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)

Players who were on the paid version of the title will also be eligible for the following rewards:

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

Battlegrounds Plus to follow post free-to-play PUBG: Battlegrounds update 

A premium version of PUBG: Battlegrounds called Battlegrounds Plus will follow post launch of the free-to-play update. This version will be paid and will bring in benefits and added features in the form of: 

  • 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

This version will be free for players who were previously on paid version of the game and will be made available for $13 as a one-time transaction fee.