SuperGaming's Battle Royale Game Indus Revolves Around Indo-Futurism
India-based game company SuperGaming is working on ‘Indus’ which is a battle royale game that puts you in the shoes of a ‘MythWalker’. It is set to be India’s first battle royale title that is being built from the ground up in the country. Unlike a lot of other battle royale titles, the game will focus heavily on the lore and it takes inspiration from Indian culture and its mythology. The developers shared a new update where they talked about its Indo-Futurism theme.
What is Indo-Futurism?
The game will focus on the Indus Valley civilization, a topic that a majority of Indians studied during their history classes but it was not discussed in detail. It continues to be a mystery for many and the developers want to take a closer look at the setting. The game puts us in a hypothetical perspective where the Indus Valley civilization was not destroyed. Instead, it was so advanced that it moved to a different galaxy and it continued to evolve, which is why the game has been named ‘Indus.’
Indo-futurism is about showing an optimistic vision of India in the future. Marvel’s Black Panther served as inspiration for Indus. The Black Panther movie showed a hidden African civilization that is much more advanced than any other part of the planet and something similar happens with SuperGaming’s take on Indo-futurism in Indus.
Indian representation in video games is very rare and we have seen the country being a part of games only in a handful of major titles. Some of the games that have explored India include Hitman 2, Tomb Raider 3 (1998), and Assassin Creed Chronicles: India.
Indian character representation in video games is also lacking with very few characters like Symmetra from Overwatch, Dhalsim from Street Fighter, and Rampart from Apex Legends being the few notable examples.
The game wants to highlight Indian culture through the inclusion of the country’s history, Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), advanced Indian weaponry, Indian mathematical innovations, Aryabhatta’s machines, and more.
More gameplay details will be shown over the coming months as the project develops. Currently, the plan is to bring the game to mobile devices as well as PCs and consoles. There is no known release date and there are regular update videos showcasing the progress the development team has made so far.