Poor old, PUBG, eh? The originator of the Battle Royale boom, it’s been left behind by the likes of Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. And now, in one last ditch attempt to reclaim its crown, publisher Krafton has announced that it’ll be going free-to-play on the PlayStation 4 from 12th January. We’re going to be brutally honest with you here: we’ve no idea why it’s taken so long.

If you already own the game, then you’ll get a Special Commemorative Pack free-of-charge, which will upgrade your account to Battlegrounds Plus automatically, and bundle in a bunch of exclusive cosmetics. Battlegrounds Plus ordinarily costs $12.99, and includes a number of perks, including a 100 per cent boost to Survival Mastery XP and 1,300 G-COIN.

“The game has grown substantially since we brought it to Early Access nearly five years ago, and we believe it offers one of the best values in gaming,” said Krafton boss CH Kim. “Whether it’s the game’s eight unique maps, consistently updated features, or engaging in-game partner activations, transitioning to free-to-play is the next step in our journey.”

Too little too late?

[source youtube.com]