PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds update to bring new loot boxes
The most-played game on Steam right now is rolling out two new crates.
PUBG Corp's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an extremely popular battle royale shooter, with over a million people currently playing the game on Steam. Given the popularity of the game, it was only a matter of time before PUBG Corp, a subsidiary of Korean developer Bluehole, decided to capitalise on the game using paid loot crates.
Currently, the game has an in-game currency called "Battle Points". These points are earned by playing the game. The longer you or a teammate survives and the more kills you get, the more Battle Points you receive.
With these points, you can buy a random crate which will be placed into your Steam inventory, which you can then open or sell on Steam's community market. Items received from these crates can then also be sold on the Steam market for sometimes insane amounts of money. The PlayerUnknown Set currently has a base price on Steam at US$1930.74 and has people actually wanting to buy it for US$1494.73 (AUD$1907.20).
In a blog post, PUBG corp confirmed plans for a new crates, noting "We know some of you have been looking forward to this".
The new crates, Desperado and Biker, both have a drop rate of 40%, knocking the date of the Wanderer and Survivor crates to just 10%. Biker is a free crate, but you'll have to pay for Desperado.
The new update, which will be rolled out on to the test servers first, will allocate beta players 100,000 Battle Points and 6 new keys which can be used to unlock the new premium crate.
The update also fixes some bugs, adds new features to replays, adjusts some interface elements, altered the energy drink design, added more objects in La Bendita on the desert map Miramar to "increase cover" and reduced parachuting visibility.
While this adds a new paid item option, PlayerUnknown has previously confirmed that it has no plans to introduce pay-to-win items.