A new update to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is removing one of the most controversial aspects of its microtransaction system from the game. The battle royale shooter will no longer have paid loot boxes in the drop pool.
Before now, PUBG's crate and key systems let players purchase random Crates with BP, the in-game currency, which can turn out to be either locked or unlocked. Unlocking them would require purchasing a key from the Steam Marketplace. That process will now be phased out completely, and any crates purchased with the in-game currency will be free to open.
Many PUBG fans have complained about this system and will be glad to see its removal. In the PUBG blog post announcing the change, the PUBG Item Production Dev Team added that crates that players already own or have bought from the marketplace can still be opened if players acquire the key that is still available for purchase.
The post stated "the value of marketable loot box in PUBG is solely determined by the users and getting items through the marketplace or selling them back is also part of the PUBG experience. However, the value of the locked crates are very low among other PUBG items. This means that paid crates are not an appealing reward to players, making the experience of acquiring a locked crate less enjoyable."
This PUBG update also comes with balancing changes to how the loot drops work. The post said that "The probability of obtaining the top tier items was increased as well but they will still remain difficult to obtain in order to not impact the market value of the skins or crates."
It seems like the PUBG team is intent on making a better experience for their fans without straying too far from the current balance in the game and its loot system. Despite the popularity of Fortnite Chapter 2 and Apex Legends changing its map up for its second season, PUBG still has a dedicated fanbase that have stuck with the early favorite in the battle royale race. The game was revolutionary and a key player in popularizing the Battle Royale craze of the last few years.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is out now for iOS, Android, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: PUBG blog