PUBG Mobile India release date, download, official update, and everything else you need to know

PUBG Mobile India was announced back in November.

The reports of PUBG Mobile India download, release date, update, and more have been doing the rounds for months now. Krafton, the owner of PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG), announced the PUBG Mobile India launch back in November. It was recently confirmed that the game will be reintroduced with a new avatar and a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India moniker. The Battlegrounds Mobile India aka PUBG Mobile India release date has not been revealed yet, but pre-registration for Android mobile phone has gone live. It’s official that the title will re-launch in India with a few changes, including re-designed gameplay, age restrictions, and other improvements.

The game will also come without Chinese investor Tencent Games’ backing, which led to the PUBG ban in India in the first place. So what’s Battlegrounds Mobile India or PUBG Mobile India launch date? Will it be different from the global version? Is PUBG Mobile India available for download in India yet? Here’s everything you need to know:

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PUBG Mobile India release date 2021

While PUBG Mobile India or Battlegrounds Mobile India release date is still being finalised, industry sources suggest that the game may go live on June 18th. That said, don’t get too excited as former and current parliamentarians in India have started calling for a blanket ban on the game. Former Union Minister and current Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering recently wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi, requesting a ban on Battlegrounds Mobile India. He claims that the game is a rebranded version of PUBG Mobile India and Krafton India has employed workers from Tencent, a Chinese technology firm that was the leading investor of PUBG Mobile India. 

Battlegrounds Mobile India

“This is a mere illusion and a trick to relaunch the same game with minor modifications and collect user data of millions of our citizens, including our children and transfer it to foreign companies and the Chinese government,” Ering said in the letter that was also posted on Twitter. Ering also added that the terms and conditions of the Google Play Store listing of Battlegrounds Mobile India mention the term ‘PUBG Mobile’. 

PUBG Mobile India pre-registration

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PUBG Mobile India, which has been rebranded to Battlegrounds Mobile India, pre-registration has gone live in the country now. Android mobile phone users can register for the game, which was previously known as PUBG Mobile India, from Google Play Store. Battlegrounds Mobile India pre-registration also offers exciting rewards available only for Indian players. The game will offer PUBG Mobile-like gameplay experience but with less violence, more privacy, and security, among other things. Battlegrounds Mobile India pre-registration for iPhones is not open just yet.

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PUBG Mobile India download

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Update: PUBG Mobile India will be available for download as Battlegrounds Mobile India. The official website for Battlegrounds Mobile India is now live. Additionally, the game’s parent company Krafton.Inc has reportedly registered the ‘battlegroundsmobileindia.in’ domain and updated its asset thumbnails.

That said, there is no sight of either Battlegrounds Mobile India or PUBG Mobile India download link yet. The game continues to remain unavailable on the smartphone app marketplace: Google Play Store and App Store. However, you can play the PUBG Mobile global version in India. DNA reported quoting the government that access to the game’s global version is ‘not illegal’ in the country. So, domestic gamers can download the PUBG Mobile APKs available from the web on their device and play the game in India.

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PUBG Mobile India gameplay

While Krafton has promised fully-clothed avatars, parental controls, time restrictions, and green hits, among other changes, Battlegrounds Mobile India aka PUBG Mobile India gameplay is expected to be similar to PUBG Mobile. Per the game’s Google Play Store listing, the Battlegrounds Mobile India is a battle royal game set in a virtual world, where multiple players employ strategies to fight and be the last man standing on the battlegrounds. Players can battle it out in diverse game modes which can be squad-based or even one-on-one. Additionally, there will be “diverse maps with different terrains in a virtual setting” and the game will utilise the full capabilities of Unreal Engine 4. Krafton promises monthly content updates and India-specific in-game events.

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Who made PUBG Mobile India?

PUBG was developed and published by PUBG Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Krafton Inc. While the company launched the game for PC, it was the Chinese company Tencent Games that brought PUBG to mobile phones. After the ban in India, Krafton removed Tencent and took over the charge of publishing PUBG Mobile in India. The company did try to find Indian investors to revoke the ban, before announcing the new PUBG Mobile India game in November specifically designed for the Indian market. The game is said to provide a secure and healthy gameplay environment, with screen-time measurement tool, green-hit instead of red, and fully-clothed avatars.

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PUBG on PC: how to play PUBG on laptop/ desktop

The PUBG ban in India applies only to the mobile version of the game. You can still play it on your Windows laptop/ PC and Mac or consoles. The PC/ console version of the game was never banned in the country, which could be due to the fact that Tencent had no involvement. The game was developed and published by Krafton-owned PUBG Corporation.

How to play PUBG on PC/ laptop

  • Download and install Steam on your device. While Steam is available for Mac users as well, you can only play PUBG on Windows laptop/ PC.
  • Launch Steam and login with your ID. If you don’t have a Steam account, click on create a new account
  • After the login, click on the ‘Add a game’ option from the bottom left corner of the screen
  • You’ll be redirected to Steam Browser. Use its search tool to look for PUBG
  • Select PlayerUnknown’s Battleground game –> Hit ‘Add to cart’ –> and pay Rs 999
  • Once the game is purchased, you can play PUBG on PC

The system requirement to play PUBG on PC includes 64-bit Windows 7/ 8.1/ 10 OS, Intel Core i5 processor, at least 8GB RAM, 30GB available storage, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or above GPU, and active internet connection.

How to play PUBG on PC for free

Looking to play PUBG on PC for free, download the lite option. The PUBG Lite comes with scaled-down graphics and can run on low-end Windows laptop/ desktop as well. The game’s minimum requirements are as follows: Window 7,8,10, 64bit CPU Core i3 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and 4GB storage.

  • Fire up your browser and visit https://www.pubglitepc.co/ to download PUBG Lite on your PC
  • Click on the yellow download button
  • You’ll be redirected to a new page, click on the yellow Download button to begin the download
  • Once the game is downloaded, open it and log in to your PUBG account. If you don’t have the account, select ‘Create One’
  • After this, click on the Install button. This will install the game on your computer’s local storage.
  • That’s it, you can now play PUBG on PC for free