One day after PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds announced the delay of its development roadmap for 2018, priorities continue to shift for PUBG Corporation. One priority remains clear, however, as today two new Crates were announced and launched on the online multiplayer shooter’s test servers. The Fever and Militia Crates, with paid and free unlocks respectively, will tentatively go live starting tomorrow, February 22.
Along with the release of the new Crates comes an adjustment to how players will earn loot boxes in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Prior to now, Crates have been bought with in-game currency. Players pay a specific amount of BP, which increases with each purchase, and acquire a randomly chosen Crate. Sometimes the Crate required a key that costs real money to open, but most crates are free to open. Each week players could acquire 6 random crates this way, so long as they had the BP to acquire them.
Starting tomorrow players will be able to acquire six additional Crates, on top of the random Crates earned via purchase with BP. The six additional Crates will be for the current “Featured” Crate, so to speak. The first Crate to be featured in this way will be the Fever Crate, which requires a premium unlock. Like the random Crates, each Fever Crate purchase will be purchased with increasing amounts of BP.
As should be expected, today’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Crate announcement is not without controversy. Many within the PUBG community are questioning the delay of the development roadmap being announced in near tandem with the release of new Crates. Premium content for a paid game on its own is a recipe for controversy, but combined with the lack of communication from PUBG Corp. and a rise in frustrations with the game itself — players’ anger is understandable.
Even though frustrations with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are understandable doesn’t make them rational, however. PUBG Corp.’s insane success over the past year has to come with some growing pains, and the studio has to keep the lights on, too. Hopefully, players can remain sympathetic while also making their voices heard.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC and in early access on Xbox One.