In late July, developer Bluehole announced that it is adding a “crate-and-key” cosmetic DLC system to “Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.” Two of the crates will be free to open, but one will require a special key that players will have to purchase. That key has drawn controversy from fans who aren’t very happy about an Early Access game getting paid cosmetic DLC.
Bluehole responded to the controversy. In a post on Steam Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene said:
“The idea of testing, prior to full implementation, is at the heart of adding every new game feature in our game, and this includes the crate-and-key system which we believe will serve as the foundation of a healthy economy after launch. This is an economy that would and should benefit all players–both who are willing to pay and who are not willing to pay for vanity items. It is important that all our players are able to enjoy the various items that will be provided for customization, and it is even more crucial that we have a stable self-sustaining economy that maintains the value of the items you have purchased or gained.”
So, in a nutshell, the only items being sold are simply “vanity,” and anyone will have access to the rest of the game if they purchased it. We’ll see if the drama will die down after their apology for the confusion.