PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds brings in-game loot boxes to its test server

During last year’s Gamescom event, developer Bluehole tested out an in-game loot box feature for its hit battle royale title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a feature which helped to raise money for the PUBG Gamescom Invitational event and which was met with a mostly positive reception. Now, PUBG Corp. (a subsidiary of Bluehole which, true to its name, is focused on the continued development of PUBG) has brought a more robust version of the loot boxes feature to the game’s test server, with a full rollout expected to happen in the very near future.

In the grand scheme of things, PUBG’s version of the oft-controversial randomized loot boxes is actually pretty fair. The boxes can only drop cosmetic items, and players can only purchase loot boxes using Battle Points, a special currency which is only earned by performing well in PUBG matches. Granted, some types of PUBG loot boxes can only be opened by purchasing a $2.50 key once they’re acquired, but other types can be opened entirely for free, and all PUBG players are capped at a maximum of six boxes earned per week, so more hardcore players can’t simply farm for boxes endlessly.

A full breakdown of how the PUBG loot boxes system works can be found courtesy of this FAQ which PUBG Corp. recently posted. The loot boxes are currently available on PUBG’s test server, and if all goes well they’ll likely be brought into the live version of the game at some point in the coming weeks.