An Indian firm has collaborated with renowned Bollywood film star Akshay Kumar to launch a battle royal mobile videogame. Just a few days ago, the Indian central government declared a ban on a handful of Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile. Though, PUBG is a Korean company, PUBG Mobile is created and owned by a Chinese gaming firm named Tencent.
The name of the company is nCore Games. nCore Games is based in the South Indian tech hub, Bangalore. The company is set to launch Fearless and united: Guards. It is codenamed as “FAU:G”. As per reports, the game will be launched by the end of October. It seems this is an official leak because this was declared by none other than the company’s co-founder Vishal Gondal himself. Yesterday, Vishal introduced FAU:G to the world of speculation in an interview by Reuters.
Gondal said “This game was in the works for some months, in fact the first level of the game is based on Galwan Valley.”
It must be noted that back in June, Indian and Chinese troops collided against each other along with a disputed border site in Galway Valley. Galwan Valley is located in the Himalayas. The unfortunate breakout of the troops left 20 Indian soldiers dead. Since then, India has reiterated by banning a number of Chinese apps and products. The last central government declaration banned as many as 118 Chinese apps. However, the inclusion of PUBG has left the gamers sad and angry and a huge number of memes and trolls were circulated all over the internet.
The term Fug means soldier in Indian language, and the game highlights brave Indian soldiers. It seems that nCore is aiming at tapping into Indian patriotism. It is also being said that 20% of revenue generated from this game will be given to state-backed trusts that support the families of soldiers who have died just to save India from external aggression.
Akshay Kumar is himself a son of an army officer and the actor is already well known for supporting the cause of Indian soldiers. Kumar was the key person in setting up the trust. He also helped with the concept of the game.