Indus, made-in-India, an alternative to PUBG, now available to pre-register on Google Play

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SuperGaming, based in Pune, has now opened pre-registration for their game Indus Battle Royale on Google Play. The long-gestating made-in-India game is intended to compete with other battle royale-style smartphone games like Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and PUBG’s BGMI (Battlegrounds Mobile India) India version. On January 26, Republic Day, the creators also posted the game’s initial gameplay on YouTube. At first glance, Indus’ virtual environment appears to have taken design cues from Apex Legends’ environment, which has soaring cliffs and deep gorges.

On the ancient planet Indus, players will be thrown off on the “mysterious island of Virlok,” according to the game’s official Google Play page. The main objectives for players will be survival and locating the “desired element Cosmium.” Players will probably need to flee within a set amount of time, and they will likely need to collect survival tools like guns, gear, and consumables, just as in other battle royale-style games.

The movie also introduces characters that gamers can adopt, but they strikingly resemble Apex Legends characters. Adam, a player who resembles Newcastle from Apex Legends in appearance, seems to be the primary character. In Apex, players can also choose Sir-Taj, who resembles Pathfinder. Users have the option of selecting Big-Gaj and Adya, two other humanoid characters.

The Indus Battle Royale’s official launch information has not yet been released by SuperGaming. Although users will have the option to buy “random goods” in-game, the app will be available for free download.

As previously indicated, the new game would aim to compete with Indian battle royale titles already on the market. The fact that titles like PUBG, Garena Free Fire, and BGMI are still prohibited in India may also work in its favour. Both Call of Duty and Apex Legends are available for download, but both action games are resource-intensive and need a smartphone with sufficient processing power to perform at their highest settings. Indus’ developers, SuperGaming, stated in an interview with Moneycontrol in December that their future game is “heavily inspired by Indian culture and mythology.”

The Pune-based startup has already produced several casual games and an action game called MaskGun. The majority of the games got positive reviews. For example, there have been over 10 million (one lakh) downloads of MaskGun from Google Play. Roby John, a co-founder of SuperGaming, told the publication that “The project Indus is quite complex. I’ll suggest that creating a MaskGun or a Silly Royale provided the instruction required to construct an Indus.”