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TL;DR
  • PUBG Mobile is returning to India with a new name.
  • The game is called Battlegrounds Mobile India.
  • It’ll get India-specific content, in-game events, and esports competitions.

Update, May 18, 2021 (01:44 AM ET): Earlier this month, we found out that PUBG Mobile will make a return to India with a new name and new content. However, we didn’t have any hints on when you’d actually be able to play the game.

Today, though, Krafton has opened up pre-registration for Battlegrounds Mobile India.

As usual, pre-registering for the game earns you some select perks. You’ll get the Recon Mask, the Recon Outfit, Celebration Expert Title, and 300 AG!

Android users in India can pre-register for the game through the Google Play Store. You can also opt for the automatic install option to install the game on your phone when it launches.

There’s no word on pre-registration for iOS users.


Original article, May 6, 2021 (03:19 AM ET): PUBG Mobile will finally make its re-entry into the Indian market with a new name. Krafton, the South Korean publisher of the game, announced today (h/t Gadgets360) that the battle royale mobile game will return to the country as Battlegrounds Mobile India.

The renamed PUBG Mobile is set to feature India-specific in-game events and content. The company will also organize Esports competitions exclusive to the Indian version of the game.

In preparation for the relaunch, the social media accounts of PUBG Mobile India have also started referring to Battlegrounds Mobile India as the game’s new identity. In addition, all posts have been wiped clean from these accounts, indicating that the company plans to start fresh.

PUBG Mobile was banned in India alongside many other Chinese apps in September last year. The government had alleged that under Tencent, the previous distributor of the game, the PUBG Mobile app was engaged in activities prejudicial to the country’s sovereignty, integrity, and security.

When will Battleground Mobile India release?

The revamped PUBG Mobile is expected to release in India sometime in May or June. Krafton has said that the new game will be available for pre-registration before its official launch. The game will also get a new logo featuring colors from the Indian flag.

The company also reassured that Battlegrounds Mobile India will comply with all the data collection and storage rules of the country. This should ensure it’s not booted from app stores in India again.