PUBG’s free-to-play update adds tactical gear and refreshed training modes

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG: Battlegrounds, if you’re fancy – is going free-to-play next week with oodles of new and reworked features. Alongside two new in-game tutorials and improved training modes, you’re getting new tactical items to change the way you play.

The tactical gear will take up your primary weapon slot, which Krafton hopes will lead to more creative long-term strategies from players. You can use a drone to scout ahead and pick up items without facing direct combat, though other players can shoot it down. If you recall your flying gizmo, it’ll auto-pilot towards your position in a straight line unless you fancy piloting it yourself.

You can also loot the new EMT gear from crates if you fancy taking up the role of a healer on your team. The tactical gear comes with myriad passive buffs that’ll let you heal or revive a teammate in three seconds. Bandages and first aid kits will also heal players to maximum health. Two stacks of bandages will spawn alongside EMT gear, though you can use your ally’s healing items when lending them a hand.

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