FAU-G deliberately similar to PUBG? Or just a technique to commercialise the game?

FAU-G, the much-awaited Indian alternative of PUBG is all set to release in November. The announcement of the release of the game has also led to a hilarious meme-fest on Twitter.

FAU-G the multiplayer action game, which was announced after the ban of popular Battle Royale game PUBG, has been confirmed to launch in November this year. The arrival of the Indian alternative to PUBG was just announced in September, just within 48 hours after the Indian government issued the list of 118 banned Chinese apps.

The Bengaluru-based publisher announced FAU-G early last month, following the ban of PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite in the country. The game is being developed by India’s mobile game publisher n-Core Games and as the name suggests, the game is believed to be set in the Galwan Valley backdrop. 

The dramatic arrival of FAU-G:

In early September, the Government of India had imposed a ban on 118 Chinese apps and games, which included two of the most famous battle royale titles in this country, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. As expected, just after the news of the ban surfed, many Indian developers started to introduce several ‘Made in India’ alternatives to the popular PUBG games.

While, the Indian youth were desperately exploring alternatives of PUBG after the ban, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, in collaboration with Bengaluru-based mobile games and interactive entertainment company, n-Core Games, announced the launch of a Multiplayer Action game called FAU-G (Fearless and United-Guards). 

The indigenously developed multiplayer action game FAU-G was announced with an aim to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat mission. In accordance with its name, the game was based on the Indian theme that will acquaint the players with the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers.

In one of the tweets about the game, the Bollywood star also stated that 20 percent of the net revenue that will be generated through the game would be donated to the ‘Bharat Ke Veer: India’s Bravehearts’ trust. Bharat ke Veer is a private initiative promoted by actor Akshay Kumar, which aids families of paramilitary personnel killed in action. 

FAU-G teaser released:

Finally, on the occasion of Dussehra, the teaser of the much-anticipated game was released by Bollywood Khiladi, Akshay Kumar. As soon as the teaser was released #FAUGteaser was trending on Twitter with both praises and criticisms about the new multiplayer battle royale game.

The teaser was based on the Sino-Indian clash at Galwan Valley and shows army personnel from both sides engaged in a duel in which the Indian side emerges victorious. Moreover, it is important to note that the clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Galwan Valley in June was only the reason behind the Indian government imposing a ban on Chinese apps including PUBG.

Actor Akshay Kumar, who is also considered as the brand ambassador for the game, announced the teaser on his social media accounts. Releasing the teaser of the game, he captioned the video, “Today we celebrate the victory of good over evil, and what better day to celebrate our Fearless and United Guards, our FAU-G! On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, presenting the #FAU-G teaser.”

So far, there have been no major revelations about the game as the trailer does not show the gameplay or weapons used. The teaser shows glimpses of the first episode ahead of the game’s release. The one-minute-long teaser gives a glimpse of FAU-G and shows Indian jawans fighting without weapons. It says ‘together we secure Bharat’ and ‘we are Fearless and United Guards’. 

n-Core also shared the teaser on its Twitter handle on the same day and confirmed that FAU-G will be launched in November 2020. But the company has yet not revealed the exact launch date of the awaited game. 

Soon after the game was announced, the internet was flooded with memes proving that Indians just need a trigger to show how creative they can be. Many believed that the game’s name was deliberately kept to sound similar to PUBG, while others believed that it is completely done in order to commercialise the game in the name of patriotism.

The Twitter community had mixed reactions regarding the game. Let’s have a look at some of them:

FAU-G teaser released, but attention shifted to other game:

As soon as the teaser of FAU-G was released, Twitter was flooded with comments, opinions, and memes pointing out the graphics and overall level of gameplay that was showcased in the teaser. But pretty soon to all this, everybody’s attention soon shifted towards another Made in India game called “Raji: An Ancient Epic”. The game was highly praised for its graphics and story.

Many users commented to support the game and applauded the game’s visuals and graphics. While the YouTube comment section was bursting with support for Raji, Twitter wasn’t far behind. Here are some tweets that voiced their admiration for the game.

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