Photo Credit: Facebook/ Battlegrounds Mobile India
Battlegrounds Mobile India, the PUBG Mobile replacement, is finally available to play, sort of. The game was available in open beta but only to a limited number of testers. More slots will be added over the course of the day, the company said in a press statement. Battlegrounds Mobile India was announced in the first week of May and went up for pre-registrations on May 18. Since then, fans have been eagerly waiting to play the game.
Krafton, through its official Battlegrounds Mobile India Facebook page shared that the game in is Early Access or open beta and that fans can download and play. However, it looks like the beta was only available for a short time to a limited number of beta testers and the beta programme is full on Google Play. The beta testing link either shows an ‘Internal server error' or a message that says the testing programme has reached the maximum number of testers.
Update: On Friday, Krafton announced in a post on the Battlegrounds Mobile India Facebook page that the Early Access build is now available to everyone, with company seeming to have made more slots available in the beta programme. You can access it from the beta testing link seen above. Those who get on board during this Early Access period will get the following in-game items: 1x Supply Crate Coupon, 2x EXP Card, and a 2x BP Card.
One of the users got Early Access to Battlegrounds Mobile India today and the screenshot shared on Twitter shows the game will be 721MB in size. Along with users who were able to get access, there are quite a few who weren't able to and have shared their disappointment on Twitter.
Ershad Kaleebullah from MySmartPrice shared some gameplay footage from Battlegrounds Mobile India along with some observations. The in-game blood is green instead of red, there are quite a few warnings about safe gaming, data can be carried over from PUBG Mobile, and an OTP is not required to log in. Even the map and settings options seem to be the same as PUBG Mobile.
This open beta comes one day ahead of the expected launch date of June 18 which makes it seem like the game will not launch tomorrow. Past leaks had suggested that Krafton will release the game to the public on June 18 but there has been no confirmation from the developer.
Battlegrounds Mobile India is the Indian version of PUBG Mobile that was banned in the country last September. It comes with some tweaks, which have now been made somewhat clearer. The game is essentially PUBG Mobile as the battle royale experience is the same.