Made-in-India Battle Royale 'Indus' Releases Trailer in New York's Times Square

Abhimannu Das
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Pre-registrations for Indus will begin later this year.
A release date for the game is not yet available but we can expect more news in the coming months.
The game is centered around Indo-futurism and draws from Indian culture and mythology.

The first trailer for "indo-futuristic" battle royale Indus made its debut on India's Independence Day (15th August). The game is being developed by Pune-based company SuperGaming and the upcoming title will be available for mobile, PC, and consoles. The game is a fresh take on the battle royale genre which is inspired by Indian history, culture, and indo-futurism. The game will focus on the lore and story which is something a lot of battle royales overlook.

Pre-registration for Indus will begin later this year

Indus was conceptualized in 2020 and a team was put together with talent across India joining the team. The team has grown and it features around 150 people. An internally playable version of the game was available on 25th November 2021. The game will be free-to-play and the team is yet to decide on how it will be monetized. It is likely that the game will include purchasable cosmetics and/or a battle pass.

“Indus is at a stage where within the development team, we are able to play it in-house regularly" according to SuperGaming co-founder and CEO Roby John.

He added “While there’s still some work to be done before we can bring Indus to all of you, this trailer shows what we’re crafting to match your expectations and our ambition of putting India on the global gaming map.”

In addition to this, the trailer also highlights that pre-registrations for Indus will begin later this year on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store for mobile devices.

The first playtest has concluded and the development team posted its findings:

  • 80 percent of the community had a positive sentiment with the theme of Indo-Futurism.

  • Over 50 percent of those at the playtest want more game development and behind-the-scenes content.

  • Roughly 30 percent prefer gyroscopic controls in-game.

  • Most entries for playtest invitations were from Pune followed by Delhi, Gujarat, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.

  • The average age of players being under 25.

The game will be playable in a first-person perspective (FPP) but a third-person perspective is also being planned for the future. When it comes to the lore of the game, the world of Indus is a mystery featuring floating islands. Indus was home to a race called the Yaksha, which invented jet engines and nuclear power.

The Yaksha used Cosmium to tap into the extra-dimensional energy to fulfill their needs and it became the first interstellar civilization. But the entire race was wiped out from the pages of history. This is when the game takes place as players uncover the secrets of the lost civilization.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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