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(Pocket-lint) - Xbox Live Gold members can now play PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds for free. It is available to download and play for nothing until Monday.

It became free at 12.01am PDT (8.01am BST) this morning, Thursday 19 April, and will continue to be so until 11.59pm PDT Sunday 22 April (7.59am BST Monday 23 April). Head to the Store and nab yourself the currently available Xbox Game Preview version of the game to play for the next few days with no restrictions. All modes are accessible.

That means, if you own an Xbox One, you can play all multiplayer modes, including solo, duos and squads, as much as you like during the free trial period. Any Battle Points you earn in play will carry over if you decide to purchase the game afterwards.

PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG as it is most often called, is a hugely successful battle royale game that was originally released for PC. It has since made its way onto Xbox One and, recently, mobile platforms.

In it, players must battle across large landscapes, eliminating each other until just one remains. The fighting areas get increasingly smaller as the game progresses, with a virtual wall constricting. That ensures players come in contact with each other more regularly.

Basically, the idea (and now entire gaming genre) is a take on the excellent novel, Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami and subsequent Japanese movie it inspired. There are other battle royale games available, including a new game mode for Fortnite - itself hitting mobile recently.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 11 April 2018.