Earlier in the month, India announced that it is banning over 100 China-made mobile apps. This includes the popular PUBG Mobile. Though a game called FAU-G, is slated to take its place in the near future.
The full name of FAU-G is Fearless And United Guards, made by an Indian startup called nCore Games. The devs describe it as a “new multiplayer mid-core game”. It’s also supposedly based on real scenarios faced by Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley, at the Indo-China border.
Development of FAU-G likely started shortly after the mass banning of Chinese apps by India. TNW reports that following the ban wave, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi announced a challenge for local devs to make apps under the name Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-dependant India) banner.
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 @BharatKeVeer Trust #FAUG pic.twitter.com/Q1HLFB5hPt
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 4, 2020
On the face of it, the initiative sounds like an effort to make replacements of China-made mobile apps. And you don’t have to be cynical to see FAU-G as a PUBG replacement. Which is odd as China itself has a PUBG replacement called Game For Peace.
But as for FAU-G itself, it remains to be seen if it really is something new as its devs claimed, or if it’s really a PUBG clone to replace the banned version. The game reportedly launches in October.