South Korean gaming firm Krafton has officially released Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Google Play Store.
The company had earlier launched an early access beta of the title, giving testers a chance to take the free-to-play battle royale for a spin and share their feedback. Now, it is available for anyone using a smartphone with Android 5.1.1 or higher and at least 2GB RAM.
However, there’s no word on iOS release yet.
“We at Krafton are delighted to introduce Battlegrounds Mobile India for our fans in India today,” CH Kim, CEO of Krafton, said.
“Designed exclusively for our Indian fans & gamers, Battlegrounds Mobile India will provide a superlative gaming experience.”
The company is hosting in-game launch week events with various milestone and achievement-based rewards for players such as skins and outfits. It also plans to update the content of the title every month.
“This is just the beginning of a series of new content, collaborations and esports tournaments coming your way, and we will strive to ensure that our fans and community in India can fully enjoy the battlegrounds experiences,” Kim added.
While Krafton is pitching Battlegrounds Mobile India as a “new battle royale” game developed especially for fans and gaming enthusiasts in India, the fact is that BGMI is more like a rebranded and modified version of PUBG Mobile, the flagship game of the company.
Last year in September, PUBG Mobile was banned by the Indian government over security issues, which prompted Krafton to halt operations in the country, revoke Chinese company Tencent’s India publishing rights for PUBG, and work to address other concerns raised by the government.
A couple of months later, the South Korean company announced the plan to return with the India-exclusive title and other initiatives.
The early access beta rolled out on June 17 saw over 20 million players, with over 40 million pre-registering to access the title.
Read the TechCircle review of BGMI here.