With the central government mulling a ban on the immensely popular and addictive game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in India, in a follow up to the ban on 59 Chinese apps last month amid simmering border tensions between India and China, the future of the game looks bleak in the country. Notably, PUBG is one of the most popular mobile games in the country and it boasts of more than 175 million downloads.
It should also be noted that similar games have been gaining traction and attention for some time now and few of them are touted to be as addictive as PUBG. We have collated a list of games that can come as handy alternatives if PUBG gets banned in India.
1.Garena Free Fire
Garena Free Fire is a popular mobile battle royale game and it said to be easier to play due to recoil correction and saves. Free Fire is a survival shooter game available on mobile and each 10-minute game places the user on a remote island where they are pit against 49 other players, all seeking survival. Players freely choose their starting point with their parachute and aim to stay in the safe zone for as long as possible. Drive vehicles to explore the vast map, hide in trenches, or become invisible by proning under grass. Ambush, snipe, survive, there is only one goal: to survive and answer the call of duty.
2. ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved is developed by Studio Wildcard makes the user plunge into an ultimate mobile dino-adventure. The game is massive and combines with over 80 unique dinosaurs and primal creatures for the player to capture and tame — making for a survival experience. Players can also meet up with other players and friends in this Jurassic-era world, to form tribes and work together to build colonies of survivors.
Developed by Epic Games Inc., Fortnite is already widely popular in the country and it is also pretty similar to PUBG Mobile. On mobile, Fortnite is the same game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Switch. It has the same map, same gameplay, and the same weekly updates. Here, 100 players jump off on to a battlefield to fight it out and the last player standing becomes the winner.
4. Battlelands Royale
As the name suggests, Battlelands Royale brings a bigger perspective into the game. However, notably, this game is smaller as compared to other battle royale games in every sense — from size to the battlefield. Made for mobile, Battlelands Royale is a casual gun game for everyone to enjoy and sometimes seems more aggressive than PUBG. With 32 players and 3-5 minute battles, it is non-stop carnage.
5. Z1 Battle Royale
Z1 Battle Royale is a free-to-play battle royale, an action-arcade game developed and published by Daybreak Game Company. The game’s development began after the original H1Z1 was spun off into two separate projects in early 2016: H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill.