PUBG Corp. CEO Changham Kim has stated that items in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds crates (loot boxes) will never provide an in-game advantage.
During a Q&A at the G-Star Global Game Exhibition in Korea, Kim was asked if the team planned on adding new items to crates, to which he responded, “we will never add anything that affects the gameplay. However, there is a relatively strong demand for cosmetic items.”
Kim assured that the game rewards would never be pay to win, and that, for the moment, the team has other concerns than items.
“Since the official launch is our top priority, we plan on adding new items after that,” Kim said.
PUBG’s cosmetics, despite largely being ugly and blandly coloured, have proven very popular on the steam marketplace, with rare and limited edition items selling for large amounts of money (PlayerUnknown’s Bandana is currently listed on the steam marketplace for over $900).
You can check out the full transcript from the interview here, which includes some interesting other tidbits like plans for a tutorial mode.