Only last week, the developer for the massive battle royale game Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds that took Steam by storm announced that there will be paid cosmetic DLC for the game coming up. Bluepoint announced a “crate-and-key” system for PUBG and it wasn’t long before the fans started questioning it. The fact that an early access game was getting paid cosmetics did not sit right with some people but Bluepoint were quick to address the issue.
Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene said, in a post on Steam, that the team is aware of the concerns for the game to be infested with microtransactions. He said that a system like this is necessary to develop an in-game economy early in development so that they get to test stuff before the full release of the game.
“The idea of testing, prior to full implementation, is at the heart of adding every new game feature in our game, and this includes the crate-and-key system which we believe will serve as the foundation of a healthy economy after launch,” Green wrote. “This is an economy that would and should benefit all players–both who are willing to pay and who are not willing to pay for vanity items. It is important that all our players are able to enjoy the various items that will be provided for customization, and it is even more crucial that we have a stable self-sustaining economy that maintains the value of the items you have purchased or gained.”
The fact that all of this DLC is optional is why it shouldn’t matter much as all of the game owners will still be getting every piece of content that the developer puts out. There are still big things to come as the new July update rolled out on test servers and will be ready to play for everyone in August hopefully. For more news on Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, stay tuned!