PUBG Overhauls Loot Boxes & Kicked Locked Crates

PUBG Overhauls Loot Boxes & Kicked Locked Crates

The biggest and one of the most popular online multiplayer battle royale mobile games, PUBG is all set to tweak its crate system to make game playing more “enjoyable”.  

 In response to feedback received from players, PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole, is removing locked crates completely, according to the update blog Dev Letter.  

From December 18 the locked crates will be obsolete, meaning you won’t have to buy keys using real-world money to unlock crates. The cost of keys in-game is $2.5 and in the Steam Marketplace, it can be purchased at variable rates. With new changes, you will be in a position to unlock all crate contents using PUBG’s BP currency. 

Acknowledging the demand for change in crate system, Sujin Kim from PUBG Item Production Dev Team wrote in Dev Letter, “…hope that these changes prove our commitment to keeping purchases in PUBG a fun and rewarding experience”. 

“Whether you play without additional spend, purchase the seasonal Survivor Passes, pick up cool skins on the Store, or open and sell crates on the Marketplace, we want your interaction with PUBG to be worth your time and money,” Kim added further.  

Highlighting the need to change the crate system Kin wrote in the Dev Letter blog, “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 is 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,” Kim wrote acknowledging the value for money issues raised by players. 

The gaming sensation is all set to make three big changes in the crate system to address the lack of “enjoyment” issue highlighted by users from time to time. 

  • Crates purchased using in-game currency “BP” will no longer come with locked crates. Your keys in inventory will remain unaffected. Additionally, the crate will retain the highest trade value.  
  • Now, more preferred skins will appear in lower tiers and AR category skins will be distributed evenly from top to bottom tiers. You will have enhanced skin graphics, equivalent to the paid weapons. 
  • You will have better chances now to obtain the top tier items, but the difficulty level will remain so to protect the value of skins or crates in the marketplace. 

Change Schedule 

November 20: The gaming major is releasing a new crate, the Venetian Crate. You could buy directly using BP and it will remain unlocked for better enjoyment. 

November 27: On this date onwards, the direct sale of the Venetian Crate will be available only through random purchase. 

December 18: The locked crates will be removed from random crate purchases. You will have the option to purchase via the marketplace.

Emphasizing the company’s focus on enhancing the user experience, Kim wrote in the Dev Letter, “We want to ensure that we steer clear of revenue models that fail to satisfy fans, especially if they include a low success rate”. 

PUBG Corp reiterated its long-held policy that it will continue to tweak business model to offer more compelling value for the money. 

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