PUBG: Battlegrounds is Going Free-to-Play Tomorrow: Here’s When it Goes Live, And Rewards

Legacy players will receive a free Battlegrounds Plus membership.


Starting January 12 2022, PUBG: Battlegrounds will be free-to-play for all players on PC and Console. It probably didn’t come as a shock to anyone when PUBG: Battlegrounds publisher Krafton announced that the game will be going free-to-play. Mostly because of the kind of success the game’s contemporaries have had in that space.

Krafton is still looking out for players who might have paid for the game previously by providing them with extra rewards as well as a premium option in Battlegrounds Plus. These rewards include a Highslide Slick Backpack, 2 Preset Slot Coupons, a Highslide Slick Top, and a lot more. To claim these rewards, players need not have been paying players before the transition. Players need only have pre-registered for the game before January 11 2022 to claim these cosmetics and coupons.

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PUBG: Battlegrounds, When Is It Going Free-to-Play?

PUBG Battlegrounds Free-to-Play

The game will be officially free-to-play on January 12, but the exact time the transition will happen depends on the platform the player is using. Players will only be able to play the game as a free-to-play title only after the maintenance period is over.

This essentially means players are going to have to wait a little while before PUBG: Battlegrounds can be played for free. The maintenance period can take a couple of hours

PC: January 12 at 12:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)

Console: January 12 at 1:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)

There is bound to be a ton of traffic to the servers this time around so it might be a while before players can get into the game. So players might want to let the game complete maintenance overnight and check back the next day to play PUBG: Battlegrounds for free.

Rewards for Pre-Registering for PUBG: Battlegrounds

For Pre-Registration

Pre-Registering for the game before today, January 11, will actually give players a number of in-game cosmetic rewards such as:

  • Highslide Slick Backpack
  • Highslide Slick Top
  • 2 Preset Slot Coupons (7 Days)

For Inviting 3 Friends for Pre-Registration and Bonus Reward

By inviting 3 friends to pre-register before January 11, players will get some more rewards, including a bonus reward:

  • Highslide Slick Helmet (Level 1)
  • Iron G-Coin Box
  • Bonus Reward

This Bonus Reward can range from 10,000 G Coin or to the luckest of winners, a PS5 or an Xbox Series X. Players will have a shot at these items in the Bonus Reward:

  • 10,000 G-Coin (100 Winners)
  • Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense (15 Winners)
  • Alienware x15 Laptop (15 Winners)
  • Xbox Series X (3 Winners)
  • PlayStation (2 Winners)

Rewards for Paying Players and Battlegrounds Plus

That’s not all, as players who have previously owned the paid version of PUBG: Battlegrounds will be treated to these rewards, as well as a free Battlegrounds Plus membership:

  • Costume skin set
    • Battle-hardened Legacy Corset
    • Battle-hardened Legacy Jacket
    • Battle-hardened Legacy Gloves
    • Battle-hardened Legacy Pants
    • Battle-hardened Legacy Boots
  • Shackle and Shanks Legacy – Pan
  • Nameplate – Battle-hardened Legacy

Battlegrounds Plus

PUBG Battlegrounds Plus

Battlegrounds Plus is a premium option that players can purchase in PUBG: Battlegrounds. The service is an upgrade from the basic account that all players will have once the game goes free-to-play. The upgrade costs USD $12.99 to purchase, but legacy players will have the upgrade without having to purchase it.

The upgraded Battlegrounds Plus account will provide players with:

  • Survival Mastery XP +100% boost
  • Career – Medal tab
  • Ranked Mode
  • Creating and playing a Custom Match.
  • Captain’s Camo Hat
  • Captain’s Camo Mask
  • Captain’s Camo Gloves
  • Bonus 1300 G-COIN