PUBG Corporation has issued a press release announcing its comeback to India with PUBG Mobile India. PUBG on its official Instagram handle made a similar announcement.
According to the company, the new game, which has been created specifically for the Indian market, will feature customised content. The upcoming game will also include restriction settings on game time in order to instill healthy gameplay habits for PUBG mobile users in the country.
"With privacy and security of Indian player data being a top priority for PUBG Corporation, the company will conduct regular audits and verifications on the storage systems holding Indian users' personally identifiable information to reinforce security and ensure that their data is safely managed," said the release.
The game developer, which is planning to establish a local office where it will hire over 100 employees to enhance the customer service, is also planning to make $100 million investments in India to “cultivate the local video game, e-sports, entertainment, and IT industries.”
The statement added that PUBG Corp. plans to host India-exclusive e-sports events and tournaments with prize pools once the game launches in India.
Although there is currently no word on the exact launch details of PUBG Mobile India in the country, PUBG Mobile India's Twitter page said: "Get ready for the hustle this Diwali!" Loyal gamers have also hinted that the date will be announced shortly.
The Modi government had blocked a slew of apps and games with links to China, including PUBG in September under Section 69A of the Information Technology App, stating that they were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and defence of the nation.
The South Korea-headquartered PUBG Mobile had attempted to appease the Indian government’s concern by cutting ties with China-based Tencent Holdings, which is the game’s publishing and distribution partner in India.
PUBG Mobile, a mobile version of PUBG, was a huge hit worldwide amongst gamers as it transported the PC battle royale gameplay experience into mobile.
What is interesting to note is that a few days after the PUBG ban, FAU-G, a multiplayer game developed by nCore Games, a Bengaluru-based company, was launched by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar.
In a tweet, the actor said: “Supporting PM @narendramodi's AtmaNirbhar movement, proud to present an action game, Fearless And United-Guards FAU-G. Besides entertainment, players will also learn about the sacrifices of our soldiers. 20% of the net revenue generated will be donated to@BharatKeVeerTrust #FAUG.”