Tens and millions of gamers in India received a jolt when the Indian government banned PUBG mobile games and 117 Chinese apps on September 2. The timing of the government has hit the gaming community very hard. For most of the people, PUBG was a severe distraction from the lockdown. A way to entertain themselves. Now that it is long gone, we have a list of possible replacements to PUBG.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has banned 118 Chinese apps on September 2, stating “threat to national security” as the reason. This is the third round of banishing Chinese apps. In June, 59 apps were disallowed in the country, including the well-liked short video app TikTok. Following that, 47 more apps were banned.
This time the multiplayer gaming app PUBG became a causality of escalating relations between India and China. Bluehole, a Korean game-maker, evolved players Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG). But the mobile version was developed by the Chinese company Tencent.
The battle royale game, PUBG, was smash-hit in the country because of its more comprehensive range of weapons, easy customization options, and realistic graphics. Keen gamers are worried about finding their “Chicken Dinner?” Don’t worry, we have got you covered with the best possible replacements of PUBG Mobile in India.
Here are six non-Chinese alternatives to PUBG Mobile available in India:
FAU-G, short for Fearless and United-Guards, is an Indian-made app developed by Bengaluru-based nCore games. The Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar announced the homegrown competitor of PUBG. He tweeted that the game will contribute 20 percent of its revenue to the government’s fund-raising initiative fro paramilitary forces called ‘Bharat Ke Veer.’
The app has blossomed in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the Atmanirbhar campaign. The release date and other details of FAU-G will be out soon.
- Call of Duty (CoD)
First dropped in 2003 as a video game, the legendary game series ‘Call of Duty’ has been long known in the gaming universe. Most of the 90s kid grew up playing with stupefying weapons and militaristic operations.
Activision, an American based company, own coD Mobile. It is free to play and provides a 100 player battle royale mode just like PUBG. The game is known for an active community and regular updates.
- Garena Free Fire
Singapore-based company Garena’s Free Fire is another game that matches PUBG’s features. You can control your character’s personality, clothes, and accessories. You can also form your squads of up to four players.
Free Fire offers up to 50 players combat fighting for survival on one island for about 10 minutes. Thus, allowing for shorter bursts of gameplay.
- Battlelands Royale
A Finnish developer, Futureplay, develop Battlelands Royale. Like PUBG, it also promises its users to land on the map, obtain some loot, shoot other players, eliminate them, and be the last one surviving on the battleground.
What makes it more interesting is the fun and cute characters. Along with good-quality graphics, the game is very competitive. The 32 player survival mode allows the users to play for 3-5 minutes. Different game modes add to the variety. The only drawback is that Battlelands Royale does not support voice chat that enables you to communicate with other players.
One of the biggest competitors of PUBG is the Fornite, created by American-origin Epic Games. The cartoonish characters set the game apart.
The basic structure is similar. One hundred players drop together from an airbus empty-handed on an island. They have to employ weapons and resources to kill every other player on the map. Fortnite does offer certain crafting elements that let you construct walls and arsenals.
- Pixels Unknown Battle Ground
Pixels Unknown Battle Ground is a clone of PUBG but with pixel-themed visuals. The name is similar too. Developed by Azur Interactive Games Ltd., the game is inspired by Minecraft.
It also follows the same routine of players grappling with each other on a map until only one survivor is standing at last. You may play as a squad with your friends. With identical survival mode, the game also presents customization options and intuitive controls.