The millennials are either on Instagram or Facebook, but now there’s an alternative — FAU-G (Fearless And United: Guards), a game that witnessed five million downloads in just three days of its launch! The ban on PUBG and 118 other Chinese apps got mixed reactions from the gamers in India.
However, seems like the new game, FAU-G, launched on India’s 72nd Republic Day, has managed to unite them once again. For 20 per cent of its net proceeds go to ‘Bharat Ke Veer Trust’, which supports the Indian bravehearts, as suggested Akshay Kumar and Vishal Gondal, founder and CEO of Bengaluru-based game publisher, nCore Games. The reason why the game is currently not available for Apple users, but it happens to be the top free game on Google Play App store in just a week’s time!
Feeling of pride
Gamer Sahil Rana commends the efforts of Indian gaming developers for giving an alternative to PUBG in such a short time. “I feel proud that it’s our own game,” says Sahil, who has 7.9 million subscribers following him for gaming techniques, hacks and updates. Sahil adds, “Weapons are really important in battle games, which gives an upper hand to PUBG. Also, the popular feature of Battle Royale mode in PUBG is something that FAU-G needs to bring in as well. It offers multiple players a chance to battle together, whereas FAU-G is available in single player mode yet. I believe there will be many more upgrades that will make it the best game.”
Lokesh Raj, who has a gaming channel by the name Lokesh Gamer with more than 7.31 million subscribers, calls it a great initiative. He says, “Though one can understand English well, but the sense of belongingness that is reflected through Hindi narration is helping in raising its popularity. The graphics need improvement but that’s the case with every game; it takes one or two years for a game to become all the more user-friendly.”
About profits being donated to Army personnel in need, Lokesh adds, “If it is also a part of charity, why stop at 20 per cent?” The game is available in three languages as of now- English, Hindi and Tamil. Vishal Gondal has announced that more language support will be coming soon, and it will be available in Punjabi, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, Telegu and Bengali. He also confirms that Battle Royale mode will soon be introduced in FAU-G too.
For a cause
“It was a great experience playing FAU-G for the first time. The developers just need to work on the graphics and the bugs. They should also introduce the Battle Royal Game Play as soon as possible to gain popularity. The idea of charity is also quite fantastic,” says Anmol Bhutani, YouTuber.
“Due to my tight shooting schedule, I haven’t got a chance to download and play this game, but I have heard a lot about it. Also, Akshay Kumar is associated with this game to boost Modi’s vision on Aatam Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India). Since the profits are being used to give back to our soldiers, who sacrifice their lives for the country, it’s win-win situation,” adds Navdeesh Arora, actor.
YouTuber Shivam Trivedi too had played the game and finds it exciting. He says, “The concept and timing are brilliant. It’s a step in the right direction and something that was long overdue. But the game-play isn’t as polished yet. It is filled with elements that bring out the patriotic feelings of a person. People actually spend a lot on games like these and it is amazing that something out of that will be contributed to the “Bharat ke Veer” Trust.”