4 years have passed, at TGA 2021 today, PUBG Studios announced that PUBG will officially be available to players for free on January 12, 2022. According to the report, once free, the game’s business model matches that of the current mainstream battle royale games Apex Heroes and Call of Duty: War Zone.
PUBG will be released for free from January 12 next year
Officially, starting January 12, PUBG has two versions: free and Plus. The free version allows players to experience most of the game’s features; while the Plus version has more content, including a qualifying mode. The price of the Plus version is 12.99 USD. Players who previously purchased the game will be automatically upgraded to Plus.
In this regard, some gamers are calling for “refunds” of previously purchased games, and other players believe that after the game is free, the amount of “plug-ins” will increase sharply.
In addition, players can enjoy exclusive features at free open including: 1300G coin reward, survival experience double value, ranked mode, custom match function, items in the game.
Information shows that in PUBG players need to collect various resources on the game map and fight against other players in a shrinking safe area to survive to the end.
PUBG has made battle royale one of the most popular game genres. The free-to-play version is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC via Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
PUBG launched in early access in 2017 and quickly became popular, occupying a high position in the ranking of top games on Steam. The game eventually made its way to consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and was originally priced at $29.99.
PUBG maintained the dominance of the battle royale genre until early 2018, when Fortnite: Battle Royale started to appear and quickly became popular.
By 2027, Epic Games Store may lose up to… nearly 1 billion USD
From new documents about Epic Games and Apple, experts say that the decline in revenue of the Epic Games Store is real. This game store business will not be profitable for a long time and will only start to make a minimum profit from 2025.
Documents at the end of November show Epic Games Store General Manager Stephen Allison (Steve Allison) expressing his concern about the game store’s loss of business. This number could reach nearly 1 billion USD by 2027.
According to the document, the total revenue of the Epic Games Store from 2019 to 2027 could be $4.362 billion. At the same time, the store will start to become profitable only from 2025, according to the documents of the experts published. Until then, EGS will remain unprofitable except in 2023 – when it is expected to collect a small profit of $16 million.
Also according to the report, the company recorded a sharp decline in new transactions with developers and publishers. These are the minimum guaranteed payouts companies are entitled to for the Epic Games Store’s temporary exclusivity.
The document notes that as of June 2020, more than half of the games with the Epic Games logo have been released. This indicates that the company started to sign significantly fewer exclusive deals since Q3 2019. The exact reason for this slowdown was not disclosed.
Contrary to the concerns of observers, the Epic Games Store executive or Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney himself expressed optimism when saying the loss of the game store in the early stages was a “great investment”. According to him, the selected development plan will bring results in the long run, not profit from the beginning.
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