Battleground Mobile India, the PUBG Mobile replacement, is at long last available to play store, 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 authority Battlegrounds Mobile India Facebook page shared that the game in is Early Access or open beta and that fans can download and play. In any case, it would seem that the beta was just available for a short time to a limited number of beta testers and the beta program is full on Google Play. The beta testing link either shows an ‘Internal server error’ or the below message that says the testing program has reached the maximum number of testers.
In a press statement, Krafton said more open beta spaces will be made available throughout Thursday. “Progress made while in Early Access will carry over to the final version of the game including in-game purchases. An increasing number of Early Access slots will be made available frequently throughout the day. The link for the Early Access will remain the same as indicated above,” the statement read.
One of the users got Early Access to Battlegrounds Mobile India today and the screen capture shared on Twitter shows the game will be 721MB in size. Alongside users who had the option to get access, there are many who couldn’t and have shared their failure 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 in front of the normal launch date of June 18 which causes it to seem like the game won’t 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.
Battleground 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.