A PUBG free-to-play event is arriving early next week along with the console launch of the Blackpink crossover event that brings K-pop-themed cosmetics to the game.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is no stranger to special events, but there's a couple of real doozies on the way — one of which has already started on PC and another that's kicking off early next week.
To start, the PUBG Blackpink crossover has gone live on the PC version of the game. This brings some neat cosmetics themed around the K-Pop group Blackpink into the game. It might sound strange, but PUBG is pretty big in Korea and other games have had crossovers or K-Pop-themed events, most notably with the fictional K-Pop girl group K/DA in League of Legends.
Quirky K-Pop crossovers aside, there's something much more interesting on the way: PUBG is going to be having a free-to-play event starting next week. The event will last for an entire week, giving everyone a good chance to check out the game if they've been on the fence about buying it.
The PUBG free-to-play event might be much more than it first seems, however — PUBG dataminer @PlayerIGN believes that this event will serve as a way to gauge player interest for a permanent shift to free-to-play. Should the numbers line up just right, you soon might not have to buy the game at all.
When is the PUBG Free-to-Play Event Start Date?
The PUBG free-to-play event start date is August 10, 2021, according to the above end card shown in the YouTube trailer for the PUBG Blackpink crossover event. This event will last until August 16, 2021.
When is the PUBG Blackpink Crossover Start Date?
The PUBG Blackpink crossover has already started on PC. However, console players will have to wait until August 12, 2021, before they can get their hands on these cool new cosmetics.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a premium game ever since it's launched despite the booming success of other free-to-play Battle Royale games. That may very change in the future. For now, you can buy PUBG on Steam for $29.99 or your regional equivalent.
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