PUBG van

A PUBG van is driving around the UK handing out free ice creams and prizes

An iconic van from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is driving around the UK handing out free ice creams and prizes.

The Miramar “dessert” van will stop at a number of locations, including Brighton and Blackpool, where gamers can pick up a lolly. Every 100th person will also win a selection of PUBG goodies.

The Xbox UK social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will reveal where the vehicle is parked that day. People who take a selfie with their ice cream and the van and post it online using the #PUBGVan hashtag will be entered into a competition to win prizes including Xbox Live codes, copies of PUBG and an Xbox One X, the most powerful console ever made.

The van will tour the country until mid-September.

In PUBG, up to 100 players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed themselves. It has proved to be a huge hit since its release on PC in March 2017, and that popularity has continued after it was launched as a console exclusive in the Xbox Game Preview Program at the end of last year. The multiplayer online battle royale game now has more than eight million players on Xbox One.

Miramar is the latest map available on the Xbox version of PUBG and is dotted with large, densely-built towns, rocky hills and wide-open areas. The map also features a range of new weapons and vehicles specially designed for the barren terrain, including a six-seater camper van. It has become popular with PUBG gamers despite its low speed because it is one of the toughest vehicles in the game. As it can hold many people, it is also favoured by teams.

Last month, Xbox unveiled a new PUBG bundle, containing a one-terabyte Xbox One X, an enhanced and downloadable copy of the game, a wireless controller, a one-month trial of Xbox’s Game Pass streaming service and a one-month trial of Xbox Live Gold.