PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has detailed the latest game updates, which include some changes to the game's loot box system. All of the changes, bug fixes, and new content will go live on the game's test server. In addition to disclosing the odds of getting different cosmetics from loot drops, the patch notes also point toward a new type of microtransaction that will be making its way into the game in the future.
Loot boxes have existed in PUBG for a long time, but yesterday's patch notes introduced keys which players can buy for $2.50 in order to open some of them, something that had originally been discussed last summer. Loot boxes aren't for sale in PUBG; instead, players earn them by getting Battle Points from performing well in matches, which they can then trade in for boxes. PUBG Corporation is now looking to add a second type of loot box that can only be opened with these new keys, as well as limiting players to only being able to open up to six total loot boxes per week.
"We will also be testing the new crate system with two new crates," the publisher said on the PUBG blog.
The new loot boxes, Desperado (paid) and Biker (earned in game), will have a 40% drop rate on the test server while the older ones, Wanderer and Survivor, will see their drop rate reduced to 10% to keep older items scarce and more "valuable". However, there's the additional wrinkle that when you buy a loot box with Battle Points you never know which type you'll get, meaning you could seemingly end up with saddled with one that requires buying a key to open.
PUBG Corporation also disclosed the odds of receiving each of the new cosmetic items via loot box. You can check out the example for Desperado and Biker item drop rates below:
- Sleeveless Turtleneck Top (Gray) : 8.00%
- Leather Boots (Black) : 8.00%
- Punk Knuckle Gloves (Black) : 7.50%
- Baggy Pants (Black) : 7.50%
- Beanie (Brown) : 5.00%
- Horn-rimmed Glasses (Black) : 4.50%
- Leather Hoodie (White) : 0.32%
- Cloth Mask (Leopard) : 0.16%
- Long-sleeved T-shirt (Red) : 15.00%
- School Shoes (Brown) : 15.00%
- raglan shirt : 10.00%
- T-shirt (Pink striped) : 10.00%
- Biker Pants (Black) : 0.40%
- Floral Shirt (White) : 0.26%
- Sleeveless Biker Jacket (Black) : 0.01%
- Cloth Mask (Checkered) : 0.01%
You can check out the full patch notes on the new content, loot boxes, and bug fixes here.