Issued a company Krafton The South Korean owner of the property rights in PUBG has posted a teaser for a new game called Battlegrounds Mobile India designed specifically for the country.
This comes after the Indian government banned PUBG and 118 other Chinese apps in September due to data security concerns.
Krafton has tried to distance itself from Tencent, the game’s distributor in India, to get the ban lifted.
Two months after the ban began, Krafton said it aims to bring the game back to the country in some form, and the company has also pledged to invest $ 100 million in the local gaming community.
It was clear that the game was returning as an Indian version without any connection to Tencent that had caused the game to be banned in the first place.
The teaser suggests that the next game may look a lot like the banned game. “There is an initial registration period in place before the game is officially launched in the country,” Crafton said in a statement.
And PUBG was one of the most popular games in India with more than 50 million monthly active users in the country before it was banned, so a lot of players have been anxiously waiting for the game to return.
And PUBG still had more than 10 million users in India last month, with many using VPNs and other solutions to bypass geo-restrictions.
Krafton said: The game is exclusively developed for the second largest internet market in the world, and we are collaborating with partners to build an esports ecosystem with regular in-game content delivery, starting with a series of in-game events for India at launch.
The game – which uses the Indian flag’s color scheme – clearly delivers its esports ecosystem that is separate from the base game.
This also means that in-game events differ between the two games, so the player base is soon split between the two versions, with a third game called PUBG New State emerging later this year.
This may be to avoid any conflict with the government’s insistence that all user data be stored in the country.
The company said: With privacy and data security a top priority, we work with partners to ensure data protection and security at every stage, and this ensures that privacy rights are respected, and all data collection and storage operations will be fully compatible with all laws and regulations in force in India and the players here.
Battlegrounds Mobile India includes a number of restrictions aimed at protecting minors, who must provide a parent or guardian’s phone number in order to play. Daily time and spend is limited to three hours and around $ 95.