Krafton Inc, the developer behind PUBG, will soon launch a battle royale game specifically for the Indian market, called Battlegrounds Mobile India. Despite the new name and India-centric logo, Battlegrounds will be basically PUBG Mobile, but in a new form.
PUBG was banned in India in September 2020 due to the mobile app’s links to China’s Tencent. At the time of its ban, the game was the country’s top downloaded title, with more than 50 million users.
Along with PUBG Mobile, the government had also banned TikTok, WeChat, and other Chinese apps for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”.
With Battlegrounds Mobile India, Krafton hopes to allay the Indian government’s concerns.
Battlegrounds Mobile India will be up for pre-registration, which will give players early access to the game ahead of the launch.
New Restrictions for Children
Players below 18 years of age will need to register for the game with a phone number that belongs to their parent or guardian. They will only be able to access the title for a maximum of three hours every day and will also not be able to spend over ₹7,000 per day for in-app purchases. However, it is not clear how the game will verify the age of each player.
It is not clear how close the gameplay and interface of the app be to PUBG Mobile. Will there be new maps and will game modes like TDM be available? Will players still be able to play the game with those outside India? Will users be able to carry over their accounts and in-app purchases from the banned global version of PUBG Mobile? These and several other questions still remain unanswered. Krafton should provide more clarity closer to the game’s launch. Keep an eye on the official Battlegrounds Mobile India website.