Krafton, the South Korean company behind PUBG, announced Battlegrounds Mobile India as its dedicated game for the Indian market on Thursday. The upcoming battle royale game promises a unique, AAA multiplayer gameplay experience, as well as unique in-game events like costumes and features. According to a press release, Battlegrounds Mobile India will also launch its own esports ecosystem, which will include tournaments and leagues. Along with announcing the information for Battlegrounds Mobile India, Krafton also released a video preview for the game, which bears some resemblance to PUBG Mobile, which was banned in the country last year.
Pre-registrations for Battlegrounds Mobile India will be available before the game’s official launch in the region, according to Krafton. The upcoming game is expected to be exclusive to India, and the tri-color theme will be included in the logo to appeal to Indian mobile gamers.
“Starting with a series of India-specific in-game events at launch, to be announced later,” the company said, “Krafton will collaborate with partners to build an esports ecosystem while bringing in-game content on a regular basis.”
Battlegrounds Mobile India’s data collection and storage will be in complete compliance with all relevant laws and regulations in India and for players in the region, according to the group. This may be a reaction to the government’s worries about PUBG Mobile’s data protection and security, which contributed to the game’s ban in September of last year.
The government has banned PUBG Mobile, as well as 117 other mobile games with links to China. Kraton’s subsidiary PUBG Corporation bought the publishing and distribution rights in the country from PUBG Mobile’s publisher Tencent Games shortly after the ban.
After purchasing the rights to PUBG Mobile from the Shenzhen-based company, Krafton made several attempts to encourage the government to reverse the ban. Plans call for localizing Indian data and establishing a dedicated team of at least 100 people in India. In addition, the firm reported a $100 million acquisition (roughly Rs. 738 crores). Regardless, it seems that it has finally agreed to go with Battlegrounds Mobile India as its latest title despite failing to get any positive results for quite some time. Teasers for the forthcoming title have been noticed in recent days, and the announcement on Thursday has finally confirmed the rumors – but we are yet to learn of a specific launch date or even pre-registrations for the game.