FAUG vs PUBG: It is as if the world has come to a stop. PUBG ban has had an affect on the Indian eSports community. FAUG’s release date, though exciting, has not been able to give any kind of relief to the pro players after the trailer release. In the waking hours, the Indian audience still watches PUBG mobile stream and at night the dreams of getting their favourite game haunts them.
From amateur players to pro athletes, all of them have had their stances regarding FAUG’s release date and the trailer it comes with. Now, a regular feature in many eSports stories, Almaaz Rahman, a young eSports athlete for ESN says he thinks the music and the trailer is good but raises the question that whether or not the game is enough to reach the competitive level. He attributes it to the kind of gaming culture that prevails in India. “People love PUBG, and if the game makes a comeback, everything else would be just on the side.”
“Even when I finally play FAUG, I might just play it for fun, because it’s a new genre of gaming for Indian. I highly doubt a story mode/action game could reach a competitive level,” he adds. This doubt is what prevails in every eSports athletes’ mind. The backdrop of the game is set in Galwan Valley where essentially no guns are allowed. According to the agreement on border disputes and maintenance of peace until the final resolution, 1933, which External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar referred to, restrains India and China from using arms– a flaw is most prominently seen in the game– the soldiers were using arms to fire at the opposite troops.
Technicalities can often be overlooked when you’re making a video game to please the masses. To what extent?
FAUG vs PUBG: The future relies on PUBG’s comeback!
As popular as PUBG is in India, even after the ban and many streamers stepping away from playing PUBG KR version, PUBG’s popularity isn’t fading away. Fiascos round whether the KR version is legal to play in India or not have also been brought up, and so is an RTI asking answers about the legalities of the same have also been filed– all to see if the game can be played. The Indian players really love the game.
From a standpoint of patriotism, many pro athletes would take up FAUG, but who would stay for the second or the third or the seasons that follow is a question nCore and the ambassadors of the game need to find an answer to.
The answer would perhaps lie in creating an ecosystem around the game– the fanbase and not reply on the pre-registration that is made for a game. Even Gourav Joshi, a well-known name in the PUBG Mobile community says “I will only play FAUG because it’s made in India game, but I am not really looking to get into the game since my interest doesn’t lie in the action game format.”
“I prefer playing MOBA genre or battle royale format that is more engaging. I don’t know what FAUG could offer,” he added.
Well, that is perhaps the thing about gamers in India, they want to experiment but know what could or couldn’t work for them. Almaaz talks about an already created ecosystem and a strong knit PUBG Mobile community in India. It might just be a boon or bane for streamers and players who want to move away from the game. Orange Rock star, Daljit took to Instagram stories to articulate this very point. “I like playing Valorant and I don’t mind if my watching is 20, 10 or 0. I won’t play PUBG KR version because I find it boring.”
He also added that he might return to the game when Indian version comes back. An ecosystem of a game so loved by a country is hard to penetrate into. And if FAUG is able to do that, it might just get the love from the audience it is trying to tap into.
The Bollywood Trailer
Dissecting the trailer, it looks nothing less than that of a Bollywood’s movie– barring the graphics that look like the backyard project of a 90s kid. Just a step away from Commander Keen’s graphics and miles away from even Halo 1 that most of us played back in 2008, the game seems to have relied a lot on its theme to keep it afloat, eventually. And they might just be right; the Indian players and audience are highly patriotic, and tapping into that emotion is a clear ka-ching!! Then is the game anthem, clearly out of a Bollywood fight scene, it amazes the first time listener who is so used to hearing music and not lyrics that they are rather left flabbergasted.
Not all wars are lost though even before they start. But the lack of confidence in a growing community sure sets the standard.
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