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

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PUBG will be free to play soon (Image: PUBG)

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

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds kickstarted the entire battle royale phenomenon, even if Fortnite was supposed to take it to the next level.

Fortnite is said to be successful in part thanks to the fact that it is 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, the free version only takes effect after a period of server downtime.

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

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

Battlegrounds Plus is a paid download that adds Survival Mastery XP boost, leaderboard mode, medal tab and the ability to create custom matches.

That’s in addition to in-game items like 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…

PUBG Update 15.2 Patch Notes Continued…



• We decided to introduce a whole new category of tactical items, Tactical Gear, which differs from pure gunplay, to provide our players with several options to improve their in-game performance.

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


• The drone is a tactical piece of equipment that allows players to safely explore a long distance and even pick up an item without running the risk of direct combat.

• Drones spawn on any map.

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

• Once players have looted and equipped the drone, they can hold the drone tablet in their hands.

• Players can then toggle Drone View in and out.

– The drone will be launched into the sky once players switch to Drone View.

– A drone in flight makes noise and has a distinctive flashing light.

– A deployed drone is identified by a unique drone icon, both on the map and on the minimap.

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

– If players turn off the drone view, the drone will hover at its current position.

• Players can recall a drone in flight.

– When a recall is initiated, the drone attempts to fly back in a straight line to where the player recalled it.

– The drone flies back to the location where the player first summoned it.

– When the recall is in progress, the recall will be stopped if the player tries to use the drone tablet.

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

– The drone cannot dodge obstacles or move through fixed objects while being summoned.

• The drone has a large range of 300 meters in which players must stay while flying the drone.

– The drone warns players with a warning message and a static screen when it is within 90 meters of its maximum range.

– If the drone goes out of range, it will be destroyed and players must retrieve and repair it to use it again.

PUBG Update 15.2 Patch Notes Continued…

• The drone has a maximum HP of 35 and can take damage from a variety of things.

– A drone can be damaged by:

– Gunfire

– Explosions

– Firework

– Water

– Fly outside the operating radius

– Vehicle collision

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

• A drone can loot a single item in its single inventory slot.

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

– Drones cannot retrieve items from care packs, deathboxes and suitcases.

– Drone View players can also drop the held item at any time.

– Players can receive the held item from the drone by recalling the drone.

• Players can ping normally while enabled in Drone View.

– The ping icon is displayed as a regular ping.

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