Just last week, Garena had announced the relaunch of its popular Battle Royale Game, Free Fire, in India. The company, in a press release, revealed that the game will relaunch as Free Fire India on September 5 and will have features exclusive to Indian players. However, as per recent reports, the launch will now be delayed by a few weeks as Garena is working towards bringing the best experience for players.
According to a Moneycontrol report, Garena says that the launch of the game was being postponed so that they could offer the ‘best possible experience to all of their Free Fire India fans’ from the beginning.
“In addition to refining the gameplay, we are taking some time to fully complete our localisation of the Free Fire India experience,” the company said in a statement.
Last week, Garena had announced that the upcoming game will ‘incorporate unique content and features to encourage a safe, healthy and fun gameplay experience’. The local cloud hosting and storage infrastructure for the game will be provided by Yotta, a Hiranandani Group company. The game will also include features such as a verification system to enable parental supervision, gameplay limitations and ‘take a break’ reminders.
“As a MeitY-empanelled service provider, Yotta will ensure best in-class management of personal data of Indian users on local servers and network connectivity services to support Garena’s product offerings in India, including in exports,” Garena said in a press release.
The Singapore-based gaming giant also announced that MS Dhoni has joined as the game’s brand ambassador and will be available as a playable character named ‘Thala’.
In February last year, the Indian government banned hundreds of Chinese apps in India over fears of privacy and security threat to Indian users. Even though Garena Free Fire is created by a Singapore-based company, it was categorised as a “security threat” and was a part of the list of banned apps in the country.
The ministry of electronics and IT said that the ban is important as these apps “pose a threat to the country’s security” and can allegedly “obtain various critical permissions” as well as “collect sensitive user data.”
BGMI, another popular Battle Royale game, was also amongst the games that were banned. In May this year, the game was unbanned and became available for download on App Store and Google Store, much to the delight of Indian players.