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

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. 

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