While it's great that users will finally get to experiment with custom game modes and other types of mods to the standard PUBG game in an upcoming beta, PUBG Corp and Playerunknown have come under criticism for plans to put the feature behind a paywall. The man himself has now responded to these comments, citing ARMA 3's business model, and that unlimited free servers are not viable.
Speaking in an interview with PCGamesN shortly before the PUBG Global Invitational in Berlin, Playerunknown, real name Brendan Greene, said the following;
This is something I really feel the need to address, I was a modder for many years, and I didn’t expect ARMA to provide me with free servers to mod on, and it’s the same with this. We can’t provide people with free servers. There has to be a way to pay for servers through some sort of wall - either points, BP or money. We just can’t provide free servers for everyone, it’s just not a sustainable business model. I still pay for ARMA 3 servers to this day, because that’s just how the world works.
There's been a lot of demand for the custom mode feature, currently off limits to all but those special few Twitch / YouTube influencers, as PUBG looks to expand it's features to compete with the ever growing Battle Royale market. The community is calling for other game modes to return, such as War Mode, as an alternative to just having Battle Royale as the game's sole game mode.
Unfortunately, while not being a free to play game on PC, these mobile-style paid features are here to stay. Loot boxes are continuing to be added to the game, despite trends now starting to move away from the business model due to it's unpopularity, and this new paywall to access custom game modes is another example of paying for features after the base game itself.
While Greene acknowledges the unpopularity of making people pay for features after the base game itself, he defends the decision, stating that "sales of the game can only last you so long", which is why the company is focusing on other avenues to monetize the game.
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