The gameplay trailer for the long-awaited homemade and futuristic battle royale video game Indus is finally here, just in time for Republic Day. The 1.20-minute clip is as desi as it gets, with background music that mixes Indian classics with futuristic hip-hop — and loads of Indian characters that Indus likes to call Paragons. The graphics will look vaguely familiar to players, with several elements appearing to be inspired by titles like Apex Legends and Valorant.
Behind the title is SuperGaming, the Pune-based gaming studio who say their goal is to put India on the global gaming map. To achieve this, the developer has released a series of impactful takeovers across the biggest London sites. A similar initiative was seen last year on August 15, 2022 when SuperGaming unveiled the previous trailer in New York’s Times Square.
What is Indus?
For the non-gamers out there who are unfamiliar with this game genre, Battle Royale is a mode in which a large number of players (usually around 100) parachute onto a virtual map to do battle until only one remains person is left. Due to its immersive nature, battle royale has become something of a craze in recent times, with free-to-play titles like Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends enjoying tremendous popularity.
The trailer features the Indus island map, Virlok, which has a futuristic theme with architecture based on Indian culture and lush greenery. It also shows weapons, character skins (Paragons) and traversal. Like many other battle royale games, Indus allows players to play in both third-person and first-person views, although it’s not clear if players will be able to switch between the two mid-game, or if it will be there will be separate modes for the two.
Pre-registrations for Indus games are open
Pre-registration for Indus is now live on the Google Play Store for Android. iOS registrations will also be available soon. If you pre-register early, you’ll receive exclusive surprises that “truly make your Indus experience yours.” To pre-register, simply search “Indus” in the Play Store, open the list and click the green “Pre-register” button.
While Indus was initially slated for a 2022 release, the release has since been delayed and SuperGaming is yet to give a definitive date. The company says it will be conducting multiple community playtests in multiple Indian cities throughout the year so people can experience the game and provide feedback.