- FAU-G has been downloaded over 5 million times since its release
- The game has an average 4.1-star rating on the Google Play Store
- Other game modes such as 5v5 deathmatch and Battle Royale mode will be coming to the game soon
FAUG, the new PUBG Mobile alternative, had been generating a lot of hype before its January 26th release. It was, after all, touted to be a locally-developed replacement to the massively popular PUBG mobile, made from the ground up by Bangalore-based nCore games. And it’s turning out to be a pretty big hit — it is already the most popular free game on Google Play Store. Moreover, FAUG has racked up over 5 million installs within a day, an impressive feat for any game. Furthermore, its Google Play Store rating stands at an average of 4.1. We can expect that number to fluctuate as time passes. Despite its high average rating, FAU-G is still far from perfect — our initial impressions of the game should give you a rough idea about it.
#MakeInIndia Wins ❤️ @GooglePlay— nCORE Games (@nCore_games) January 27, 2021
FAU-G is now the #1 Free Game. Thank you India! #JaiHind
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It is clear that nCore Games bit off more than it could chew with FAU-G. For starters, the game launched with practically no content, except for a campaign mode that takes three hours to beat. To make matters worse, the game has no guns with combat being restricted to melee-only. A hastily-developed game is bound to come with its share of bugs, and FAUG is no different. An eagle-eyed Twitter user discovered that he could skip most fights in the game by simply running away from enemies.
nCore Games says that 5v5 Team Deathmatch, Battle Royale, and other game modes will come to FAUG at a later date, with no launch timeline specified. However, one has to commend the developers for keeping the game’s microtransactions non-predatory by offering only cosmetic upgrades for the game’s in-game items. The game is little more than a proof of concept at this point, and it’ll take several massive upgrades before FAU-G can even be considered a PUBG replacement.