PUBG is the battle royale that succeeded in democratizing the genre, between 2017 and 2018, even becoming the Steam game that brought together the most simultaneous users, in January 2018 (3 players). However, and despite the recurring addition of content, players have naturally left the battle royale little by little, especially since the competition has become very tough, with the releases of Fortnite and Apex Legends which have managed to become permanent, and dozens more that have since come out.
However, PUBG still has several hundred thousand players, well below its record, but numbers that many developers would like to reach at least once. To try to reboost his game, which will welcome at least one more new card in 2022, and probably many other things, we have just learned, during the Game Awards 2021, that it was going to go free-to-play from the start of 2022.
This strategy is very clear: try to grow the community that has run out of steam in recent months. Knowing that its two main competitors are free-to-play, it is not surprising to see that Krafton wishes to imitate them. To see how the players will react and above all will hang on with PUBG.
Note that once the transition to free-to-play has been confirmed, a premium mode will be available, which will offer, in addition to cosmetics, but above all a classified mode. Owners of the battle royale before January 12 will fortunately receive a pass to this premium mode for free. Regarding the paid version, it can no longer be purchased from January 10 or 11, depending on the platform.