PUBG Introducing New "Event Pass" Progression System Later This Week

PUBG Introducing New "Event Pass" Progression System Later This Week

PUBG's getting a Fortnite Battle Royale-like Battle Pass-y thing this week.

Sanhok isn't the only thing going live on June 22 across PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)'s servers. PUBG, for the first time ever, is getting a new "Event Pass." In theory, it sounds an awful lot like Fortnite's Battle Pass system: where the more you play, the more you unlock different tiers on a system to unlock goods for your character. But PUBG's Event Pass will operate on a shorter turnaround, and with a different method.

A teaser of PUBG's first Event Pass.

"The Event Pass is designed to reflect the opinions of players who wanted a trackable progression-related system, and at the same time allows you to unlock new content in PUBG in a way that is different from the crate and key system," a new blog post from PUBG Corp. reads on Steam.

Similar to PUBG's already existing crate and key system (wherein you can earn any crate, but must buy a key to open it), you'll still be able to get rewards from the Event Pass' exclusive loot. But if you don't pay for the pass, you can only temporarily unlock the items (and get one special item permanently, according to the blog). In paying for the pass, you unlock all those rewards for good, plus more. If you don't decide to buy the Event Pass until late, that's okay too, because no matter what your progress is tracked, and everything can be unlocked at whatever date you decide to opt in with your wallet.

After months of testing, PUBG's smallest map ever is hitting the game this Friday.

The first Event Pass will be themed around the new Sanhok map, which is launching this Friday too. The Event Pass will only last about four weeks, contrary to Fortnite's months-long Battle Passes. The Event Pass will include daily and weekly missions for you to play and level up to get more exclusive items, in addition to some Sanhok-specific missions. All the items you accrue in the Event Pass won't be able to be resold on the Steam Marketplace either, so the only way to get anything is to pay for the Event Pass. Also by playing missions as they become available, you can earn the chance to change your in-game PUBG name, a long requested feature.

Sanhok and PUBG's new Event Pass both go live on PUBG's PC servers on Friday, June 22. There is no word yet on what sorts of cosmetics, other than one Sanhok-themed set, will be in the Event Pass, nor how much it will cost. PUBG is available for PC, Xbox One, and mobile.

We have a nifty Sanhok map guide, if you want to brush up before the map officially hits main servers this Friday. We also have a full PUBG guide hub for more tips for the battle royale game.

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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