PUBG Hosts Xbox One Free Weekend

As one of the biggest game releases of 2017, it’s safe to say that most people have already played a round or two in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the hit battle royale game for PC and consoles. If you happen to be one of the few who haven’t and own an Xbox One, though, this weekend might just be your chance.

GameSpot reports on the free weekend happening on for Xbox owners looking to take a crack at PUBG. All Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to play the game 100% for free for the entire weekend until the end of April 22 on Sunday. The trial is currently available for download on the storefront in the Gold section for all qualifying console owners.

This free weekend comes almost immediately following the announcement that the Xbox version of the game will be receiving the new desert map called Miramar (along with the new minibus, pickup truck, and jet ski vehicles) early in May, making it a good time to buy if you find you enjoy the game. Not only that, but the limited time DLC pack for the Xbox One is already available for $7, going from April 19 to May 19.

In addition to the confirmed updates and add-ons, rumors of yet another map have already begun to circulate within the community. The game’s developers are already hard at work on a new, smaller map (Codename: Savage) for the PC release of the game. If current trends hold, that means it would likely release on console within a few months of its release on PC, promising even more content in the near future for those who own the game.

If you’ve been on the fence about PUBG up until now but find yourself enticed by the promise of expansive new content and the chance to try things out for free, then take this opportunity to head over to the Xbox Live storefront before it’s too late.

Bad News for PUBG Players

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds(PUBG) has been the gaming sensation of the last year, but, as with anything that gets too popular someone has to ruin it for us all. PUBG Corp, the developers of the popular first person shooter game recently announced that all future updates are on hold. The developers cited the reason behind the delay as time needed to deal with cheaters in the community.

The PUBG community is certainly no stranger to cheating. Cheaters emerged to ravage the game only a few months after launch and haven’t let up since. The community seems to be split on whether to applaud the developers for their effort to combat cheating or to condemn them for potentially causing players to leave – due to slow update schedules.

In November, PUBG Corp. came to a deal with Tencent to publish Battlegrounds in the Chinese market. Since the deal was signed, Chinese players have been taking over PUBG. In fact, the Chinese player base make up a very large majority of the PUBG community. Some players have blamed the expansion into China as being the reason that so many cheaters have popped up, but statistics say that the increased popularity of cheating began a month before the deal was reached to bring the game to China.

Despite recent reports that PUBG banned over one million players in January, players still seem to be flocking away from the game. Everyone knows that video games don’t remain popular forever, so it is no surprise that the game is starting to lose players. With newer games coming out every week, the audience that PUBG was hitting are bound to go elsewhere eventually.

For now, Fortnite appears to be the game with the highest chance of receiving migrants from PUBG. Fortnite, which is published by Epic Games, the company behind the classic Unreal Tournament series, is the newest hit in online gaming. It is a third person shooter game that features a Battle Royale mode, a giant 100 player mode that pits players against one another. The result is lively world of chaos that ends with only one player left standing.

While PUBG Corp is off battling cheaters, maybe it is time to check out a new game. Fortnite is available for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Mac.