If you want that schoolgirl uniform in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to roleplay your favorite ill-fated characters in Battle Royale, it's gonna cost you. Whether that cost is weighed in time spent grinding out currency to buy a limited-time Invitational crate, or cashing out a boat full of actual dollars to achieve your dream through the Steam Community Market. Regardless, the movie-accurate skin does not come cheap. (Unless you get lucky with a loot crate that is.)
Battle Royale-themed outfits are the latest addition to the wide array of cosmetics in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. They've been implemented ahead of the upcoming inaugural Battlegrounds Invitational at Gamescom, an 80-player competition over the course of a few days. Keys to open the crates are relatively cheap—only $2.50. But to get the crates themselves, you need either 1200 points in the game (a steep amount, considering the amount you get per match depending on kills, Chicken Dinner-attaining, and more), or you need to buy a special crate off the Steam Community Market.
This afternoon, after I streamed some good ol' PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with our own Mike Williams, I bought a few crates and keys. I got a white tracksuit, the one like evil teacher Kitano wears in the Battle Royale film. I may or may have not done a slight fist pump in the air as I got the matching suit. I sighed afterwards though, what I really wanted was a plain schoolgirl outfit, the beige one akin to what most characters wear in the film.
So, I took to the Steam Community Market to browse individual items. For the more common ones, they usually fall under $1. Beyond that, the prices climb drastically. A pair of camo hot pants: $155.25. A white school skirt: $364.22. The very tracksuit I got (buying both the top and bottoms separately): $21.58. And so on, so forth. Players have been unhappy with the paid loot crates from just the announcement of them, because the game remains in Early Access with its full release still months away. The steep Marketplace prices will likely add more aggression to the already-angry fans.
Alas, it seems I must kiss my hopes of getting the complete schoolgirl set goodbye. To buy the full set on its own, it's a steep $1800. To get every piece of it separately, it amounts to around $403.38 (so the complete set which only has one seller is grossly overpriced). I don't have that kind of cash laying around, nor am I the type to toss it at a video game. Alas, it exists. And it's there if you're a really committed roleplayer or something. In the meantime, the yellow tracksuit is only around $20.78 at the time of this writing, meaning you can live out your Takako Chigusa dreams without completely setting your bank account aflame.