My favorite game to rage against is getting new cosmetic items. A bunch of them. Today, PlayerUnknown dropped details on what’s coming to PUBG this week, next week and at Gamescom.
Before I dive into the new cosmetic items, here are the patch notes for this week’s update.
– Fixed a bug where characters got stuck in doors after partially destroying them
– Fixed a bug causing the door Interaction UI to appear even after doors were completely destroyed
– You can now use consumables while browsing the inventory during a reload
– Fixed a bug where characters could not pick up items while running despite seeing the looting animation
– Fixed a bug where characters would shake in spectator mode while running
Also, July’s update now has a release date. August 3. That’s when first person servers land (solo & duo only for NA and EU). And a FOV slider for the first person mode. Also, PlayerUnknown teased a new rifle is coming. Hopefully, it’s a world spawn. Some more loot variety wouldn’t hurt.
Alright, customization time. The August 3 update is also bringing a bunch of new in-game skins. All inspired by the Battle Royale movie.
Besides more cosmetic content, these crates will help Bluehole “test the basic crate & key system we want to implement in the final version of the game,” according to PlayerUnknown.
The first two crates are free to open. That means there’s no additional monetary cost like buying a key. The Wanderer Crate and the Survivor Crate will include one set of the themed clothing as well as other cosmetic items.
The third crate (Gamescom Invitational Crate) is where we see the traditional crate system comes into play. Think CSGO or Rocket League. Opening the Gamescom Invitational Crate is going to cost you $2.50/key. There will be five different movie-themed skins packed in this crate.
Implementing this system for a game still in Early Access is sure to generate a little criticism. But PlayerUnknown blunts it well by explaining where the $2.50/key goes.
“Proceeds from the sale of the keys to open the Gamescom Invitational Crate will be used:
– To provide funds needed to organize the event.
– To provide a prize pool for the invitational winners.
– To support a selection of charities.
Hard to argue that Bluehole is money grabbing when they are using the money for a good cause and to continue to build the community. Plus, it does look like this crate is only a test for the system PUBG plans to adopt once the game officially releases. After Gamescom is over (August 27), the crate will be stripped from the game.
As you can tell, PUBG will have a huge presence at Gamescom this year. Bluehole is inviting a bunch PUBG content creators to Gamescom to run several events including the Gamescom PUBG Invitational.
PUBG tournaments are cool and all, but I want to know when vaulting is coming. And some gameplay footage of a new map.
What do you think about PUBG adding cosmetic microtransactions? If they keep the constant gameplay content updates coming (for free), I don’t have a problem at all.