Finally, FAU-G mobile game has appeared on the Google Play store for pre-registration. As of now, the game is not launched yet but after the multiple delays and change in launch dates it finally has been put up on the Google Play store for pre-registration. It seems that the developers have restricted themselves for now to launch the new mobile game to Android devices only since the pre-registrations have not appeared on Apple’s App store yet. The listing gives more details about the storyline rather than the details given on teaser. FAU-G which is expected to take over PUBG Mobile India was announced just after the two days of ban of PUBG along with 117 other Chinese apps in September. FAU-G more than an Indian version of PUBG is being promoted highly as a patriotic game which highlights the contribution of the armed forces.
FAU-G stands for Fearless and United: Guards and it is now available for pre-registration via Google Play store and those who have already pre-registered for FAU-G will get a notification which will let them know that the game is available to download. Devices which are compatible will have the game automatically downloaded and installed. There is no information as such regarding the size of download and other details about the version but the listing has given a brief about the storyline and the gameplay.
As per the teaser, “The game was expected to have a level that emulates the Galwan Valley clashes between the Indian and Chinese armies along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). But the description of the game now suggests that the whole gameplay will be centred around Indian soldiers ‘high up on the peaks of India’s northern border’. The characters will be called FAU-G commandos, an elite group of Indian soldiers patrolling the dangerous territory.”
The new FAU-G is developed by nCore Games which is a Bengaluru-based company in collaboration with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. The first teaser went live on October 25 and the launch of the game was reportedly expected for the same month but unfortunately due to some problem it couldn’t happen. The developers then announced the launch in November but it clashed with the highly anticipated PUBG Mobile India which is a slightly customized version of PUBG announced for the Indian market. Both the games will have a delay in their launch due to a number of reasons but both the games have teased their games as coming soon. In an unofficial indication on Tap which is a popular mobile gaming community platform, highlights which game is more likely to be on the top, the number of followers for PUBG Mobile India is far more than that of FAU-G.
PUBG Corporation was hoping to bring down the India-China tensions in order to secure the necessary approvals for a comeback but meanwhile FAU-G right from its first teaser has been building on the anti-China sentiment. The teaser appears to imitate the Galwan Valley skirmishes between India and China along the Line of Actual Control i.e. LAC which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers and led to an unknown number of Chinese victims. The teaser also reveals the use of brawler mechanics in order to give a realistic view to the violent episode which became a flashpoint in the relations of the two neighbours— the worst on the India-China border since 1967.
FAU-G has also focussed on the sentiment of “atma nirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India), a phrase by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per nCore Games, 20 percent out of the net revenue generated from the game will be donated to Bharat Ke Veer which is a trust established by the government for the families of martyred soldiers.