PUBG free-to-play release time, downtime schedule, rewards and 15.2 update PATCH NOTES

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Battle Royale phenomenon PUBG is finally going free-to-play this week.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds kickstarted the whole Battle Royale phenomenon, even though Fortnite would take it to the next level.

Fortnite would prove successful partly due to being free-to-play on all platforms.

The new PUBG update introduces a free-to-play element to the popular shooter, which should give it a popularity boost.

Unfortunately, however, the free version won’t kick in until after a period of server downtime.

The server downtime ends at 7pm GMT UK time on January 12 for PC. Downtime ends at 8am GMT UK time on January 12 for PlayStation and Xbox.

If you already own a copy of PUBG, then you’ll receive the PUBG Special Commemorative Pack, which contains access to Battlegrounds Plus and a host of in-game items.

Battlegrounds Plus is a paid download that adds Survival Mastery XP boost, Ranked mode, Medal Tab and the ability to create custom matches.

That’s on top of in-game items such as the Captain’s Camo Hat, the Captain’s Camo Mask, the Captain’s Camo Gloves and 1300 G-COIN.

The remaining PUBG update 15.2 patch notes can be seen below…

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GAMEPLAY UPDATES

NEW FEATURE: TACTICAL GEAR

• We’ve decided to introduce a whole new category of tactical items, Tactical Gear, that strays from pure gunplay to provide our players various options for improving their in-game performances.

• As Tactical Gear will be taking up players’ primary weapon slots, we hope this will allow players to come up with more creative long-term strategies.

TACTICAL GEAR: DRONE

• The Drone is a Tactical Gear that allows players to scout a far distance safely and even pick up an item without facing the risk of direct combat.

• Drones will spawn in every map.

• Drones will be available in Normal Matches, Custom Games, Training Mode, and Sandbox Mode.

• Once players loot and equip the drone, they can hold the Drone Tablet in their hands.

• Players can then toggle in and out of Drone View.

 – The Drone will launch into the air once players toggle into Drone View.

 – A Drone in flight will make noise and have a distinctive blinking light.

 – A deployed Drone will be identifiable by a unique drone icon both on the map and minimap.

 – In Drone View, players’ characters will stop moving and give up control of their body as they fly around in the perspective of the Drone.

 – If players toggle out of Drone View, the Drone will remain hovering in its current position.

• Players can recall a Drone in flight.

 – When a recall is initiated, the Drone will attempt to fly back in a straight line to the spot the player recalled it.

 – The Drone will fly back to the location the player first recalled it.

 – When the recall is in progress, the recall will be stopped if the player attempts to use the Drone Tablet.

 – When the recall is in progress, the recall will be stopped if the player uses the recall feature again.

 – The Drone can not avoid obstacles or move through solid objects while being recalled.

• The Drone has a large 300m operation radius that players must stay in while flying the Drone.

 – The Drone alerts players with a warning message and a static screen when it’s within 90m of its maximum operation radius.

 – If the Drone leaves its operation radius, it will get destroyed and players will need to retrieve it and repair the Drone to use it again.

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• The Drone has a maximum HP of 35 and can take damage from various things.

 – A Drone can be damaged by

  – Gunfire

  – Explosions

  – Fire

  – Water

  – Flying outside of the operation radius

  – Vehicle collision

 – When the Drone’s HP reaches 0, it will fall to the ground and get destroyed. Players must retrieve the Drone and repair it to use it again.

• A Drone can loot a single item to its single inventory slot.

 – For example, a stack of bandages (5) is also considered a single item.

 – Drones can not pick up items from Care Packages, deathboxes, and trunks.

 – Players in Drone View are also able to drop the held item any time.

 – Players can receive the Drone’s held item by recalling the Drone.

• Players will be able to ping normally while toggled in Drone View.

 – The ping icon will be displayed as a regular ping.

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