Final week, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds creator Brendan Greene detailed a brand new replace arriving to the sport on August three. This replace will add the long-awaited hardcore mode to PUBG, together with one thing else gamers weren’t anticipating: paid cosmetics. Although some cosmetics will proceed to be free to unlock by merely enjoying the sport, a choose variety of new outfits will solely be out there by Gamescom Invitational crates, which may solely be unlocked by buying a key for $2.50.

Bluehole’s intention was initially so as to add this crate and key system after PUBG entered full launch, however the developer determined that it wanted testing earlier than it was rolled out within the completed recreation. Enter these Gamescom Invitational crates, which function outfits impressed by Battle Royale, the film which itself conjures up the core gameplay ideas of PUBG.

The response from followers, as you possibly can think about, was not so nice. This has led Greene to take to the PUBG Steam Neighborhood as soon as extra to make clear a number of issues. Although Greene and Bluehole are sticking to their weapons in the case of rolling out these Gamescom Invitational crates as a check for the “crate and key” system that will likely be current within the full recreation, Greene admits that the preliminary message wasn’t very clear. He used this publish to the Steam Neighborhood to elaborate.

“Like the present free-to-open system, you can be restricted within the variety of crates you possibly can obtain every week, with the crate costs being reset every Monday,” Greene wrote. “At present, this restrict is about to six crates per week, and you might be free to commerce them on the Steam Market.” So, it seems like we’ll earn paid crates by enjoying the sport, after which these of us who would slightly not buy keys to open them will be capable of commerce these crates on the Steam Market.

Greene additionally clarified that Bluehole remains to be hammering out the small print of PUBG’s beauty system, and that it’s listening to followers who say they nonetheless need a free approach to earn new cosmetics post-launch. Greene doesn’t appear able to commit to at least one system or one other, but it surely seems like paid and free beauty techniques will likely be allowed to coexist as soon as PUBG exits Early Entry. Greene additionally shared pictures of which cosmetics you’ll be capable of discover within the two new free crates, which you’ll be able to see above.

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So, it doesn’t sound like Bluehole is backtracking on its plan to introduce paid cosmetics whereas PUBG remains to be in Early Entry, but it surely’s good to listen to that it’s reconsidering the type of beauty system the completed recreation can have. You may learn the complete assertion from Greene right here, which is accompanied by the complete patch notes for the August three patch. That patch goes dwell on the PUBG check servers tomorrow, so examine these out if need an early glimpse at hardcore mode.