PUBG Corp recently announced the first ever “Event Pass” for the popular game, but people can’t help noticing how similar it is to Fortnite Battle Royale’s “Battle Pass”.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be adding a new “Event Pass” on June 22nd along with the introduction of the highly anticipated new map, Sanhok, to the main game.
The basic premise of the Event Pass is to complete missions, or tasks, in order to earn various rewards, items, and more by playing the game over various seasons, with first one lasting four weeks.
Of course, the first thought that crossed most people’s minds when they heard about the Event Pass, and what it is, was just how similar it is to Fortnite’s incredibly popular “Battle Pass” feature, which also has seasons, unlockable content, and more.
Of course, Fortnite isn’t the first game in history to introduce something like the Battle Pass, and the announcement about the Event Pass from PUBG Corp actually points towards some of the flaws in their own “crate and key system” as the reason for the decision.
“To make certain items really rare and valuable, we’ve had to regulate the supply of items, making high tier items very rare. As a result, many of you can’t get the items you want instantly, and even though you’ve invested more money into the system, it can be pretty difficult to get the items you want.”
The announcement also explains that the developers considered a variety of options, like a paid DLC format, before eventually deciding to go with the new Event Pass system and releasing it alongside the Sanhok map.
The announcement about the Event Pass has not gone down well with some members of the PUBG community.
One posts on the /r/PUBATTLEGROUNDS with the title “We have supported this game since early access. PUBG has made over $730 million dollars. Yet, it's still not optimized, cheaters are rampant, crates are locked behind keys. Even after charging $30 for the game, they now introduce this $9.99 Event Pass” has already received almost 49,000 upvotes in just 10 hours.
Fans throughout the thread point out issues with the optimization, on PC and the Xbox version of the game, while others note that the Battle Pass from Fortnite seems to offer far more value.
While the reception for the Event Pass has certainly been frosty, fans won’t know exactly how it will work out until it goes live on June 21st.
For more information about the Event Pass: Sanhok, go to PUBG Corp’s official microsite.