PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) reaches 400 million players, Fortnite-like “Event Pass” announced

Brad Stephenson

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) video game on Xbox One

The popular video game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), proved just how popular it really is today with the announcement that it has now garnered over 400 million registered players worldwide across PC, Xbox One, and mobile. 87 million of which play the game daily.

While PUBG is free to play on iOS and Android smartphones, the game has sold over 50 million copies on PC and Xbox One. To celebrate these milestones, the game has been given a 33.33% discount on Steam for until July 5th.

In other PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds news, it was officially announced today that the game would be adopting a new feature known as Event Pass which will work in a very similar way to Fortnite’s Season Pass.

Essentially, PUBG’s Event Pass will create a trackable event where players can unlock premium items. Anyone can temporarily unlock items in an Event Pass for free however to get the premium items permanently, players will need to purchase it.

The first Event Pass will debut in just a few days on June 22nd the same day as the launch of the new Sanhok map on PC and mobile. The Sanhok map isn’t due to come to Xbox One until sometime this summer so it’s likely, though not confirmed, that the Event Pass feature could come to console then. It may also be delayed until the Xbox One version graduates from Game Preview (essentially open beta).

“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,” the official announcement reads.

“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. If you’re hesitant about buying the Pass, but want to play the missions, you’re free to do that. And your mission progress is always tracked, so you can buy the Event Pass late in the event and still get all the rewards you’ve earned.”

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