Back in 2020, India, and several other countries, made the decision to ban Tencent’s version of PUBG Mobile. As a result, native mobile gamers can no longer play one of the world’s biggest battle royale shooters on their mobile. However, a solution to that problem is forthcoming: PUBG Mobile India.
This brand new version is currently in development at PUBG Corporation itself, and won’t have any connection to the Tencent original. But when will PUBG Mobile India release? What’s the difference between the two versions? We aim to answer these questions and more in this guide.
If you already play or are just getting started with the regular version of PUBG Mobile, we’ve got all of the guides you could possibly need. Whether it’s why to avoid PUBG Mobile hacks, how to get PUBG Mobile UC, the best PUBG Mobile wallpaper for your mobile or desktop, or the latest PUBG Mobile redeem codes, we’ve got you covered. Now, let’s take a look at PUBG Mobile India.
Everything you need to know about PUBG Mobile India:
The reason PUBG Mobile was banned in India is a little unclear, as the Indian Ministry of Information and Technology simply stated “security concerns”. However, a statement was issued that claimed:
“The 118 Chinese apps have been banned for allegedly engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”
Digging deeper, a report on The Verge stated that the Indian government had received reports that apps like PUBG Mobile were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”
However, if you look at the key differences between the two versions, which we’ll dig into in the next section, it seems that adult content like violence and nudity, as well as addiction concerns, may also have played a huge role in India’s decision to ban the original.
Seeing as we absolutely love a bullet point list on Pocket Tactics, the key difference between the original and PUBG Mobile India is as follows:
- It is not developed by Tencent
- Characters will start fully clothed
- Blood is replaced with green fluid
- It takes place in a virtual training simulation, rather than the real world
- There are limits on how long you can play
Why did these changes come about? Well, to ensure that it follows the guidelines laid out by the Indian Ministry of Information and Technology. In short, that’s that user data is protected, that it doesn’t glorify violence or other adult themes, and that it promotes healthy playing practices.
Sadly, there no official PUBG Mobile India release date has been released at this time. The official website simply states that it is “coming soon”, while the official social media accounts haven’t posted anything since November.
So, it’s a case of waiting and seeing for now. Of course, you can bet that we at Pocket Tactics will keep this updated as we learn more.
Not at present, though it will likely launch in the App Store and Google Play alongside the official release.