You’ll soon be able to fight your way to premium cosmetic items in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds using the game’s new Event Pass system. Starting with the Sanhok Event Pass, which looks suspiciously similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass, players who purchase the pass and complete certain missions will be rewarded with in-game goodies.
The pass will launch on Friday, June 22, alongside the new map Sanhok, and will last four weeks. It’ll also include “dozens” of daily and weekly missions, some of which are specific to the tropical-themed map.
Twenty items of clothing, four weapon skins, four XP boosts and eight BP boosts are all up for grabs with the pass, which costs $9.99, including a full guard and prison uniform, as well as beach-themed cosmetics.
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Players who don’t want to pay for the pass, or are unsure about the whole thing, will be able to complete missions for a new parachute skin, and a chance to change their username, but they’ll need to pay up if they want to keep the premium cosmetics and show them off in seasons to come.
“The Event Pass is designed to reflect the opinions of players who wanted a trackable progression-related system, and at the same time allows you to unlock new content in PUBG in a way that is different from the crate and key system,” PUBG Corp says in its latest post.
“Just like the crate and key system, you’ll be able to get rewards in the Event Pass system regardless of whether you made a purchase. If you haven’t paid for the pass, you can temporarily unlock many of the items (and earn one special item permanently). However, you can also permanently unlock a ton of exclusive reward items by paying to unlock the pass and completing certain missions to 'level up' your pass.”
Players who haven't paid for the pass will be given 2XP for every five minutes they survive in a round, while paid players will be given 4XP for every five minutes. Although this strangely encourages camping, the missions will give you a bigger XP boost to help you climb the ladder. If you're impatient though, and want to get your hands on a pair of Paradise Bottoms, you can purchase five levels from the Steam store for $4.99.
If all that content wasn't enough, the QBZ95, an AR which fires 5.56 rounds, will be introduced exclusively to Sanhok, replacing the SCAR-L in the weapon pool. We've also been promised more weapons, and more vehicles in the future too.
PUBG Corp revealed it had previously been toying with introducing premium content through paid DLC, but instead decided to settle on this system. It also allows the developer to continue to provide premium content, as the war on loot boxes continues.
The pass has worked well in Fortnite, as players are constantly being challenged to try something new, so chances are we'll get another one once the Fortnite Season 5 release date rolls around.
To coincide with the launch, PlayerUnknown's Battleground's price has currently been slashed by 33% on Steam, which will hopefully attract some of the dwindling player base back to the game.
If this all works out for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, you can guarantee PUBG Corp will be treating its staff to a chicken dinner.