The first trailer for the “Indo-futuristic” Indus battle royale debuted on India’s Independence Day (August 15). The game is developed by Pune-based company SuperGaming and the upcoming title will be available for mobile, PC and consoles. The game is a fresh take on the Battle Royale genre that draws inspiration from Indian history, culture, and Indo-futurism. The game will focus on lore and history, which a lot of battle royales overlook.
Pre-registration for Indus will begin later this year
Indus was conceptualized in 2020 and a team was put together with talent across India joining the team. The team has grown to around 150 people. An internally playable version of the game was available on November 25, 2021. The game will be free-to-play, and the team has yet to decide how it will be monetized. It’s likely that the game will include purchasable cosmetics and/or a battle pass.
“Indus is at a stage where as part of the development team we are able to play it internally on a regular basis” according to SuperGaming co-founder and CEO Roby John.
He added “While there is still work to be done before we can bring Indus to you all, this trailer shows what we are designing to meet your expectations and our ambition to put India on the global gaming map. “
On top of that, the trailer also highlights that pre-registrations for Indus will begin later this year on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for mobile devices.
The first playtest is complete and the development team has released their findings:
80% of the community had a positive feeling with the Indo-Futurism theme.
More than 50% of game test participants want more game development and behind-the-scenes content.
About 30% prefer in-game gyroscopic controls.
Most entries for playtest invitations came from Pune, followed by Delhi, Gujarat, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The average age of the players being less than 25 years old.
The game will be playable from a first person perspective (FPP) but a third person perspective is also planned for the future. As far as the game’s lore goes, the world of Indus is a mystery with floating islands. The Indus was home to a race called the Yaksha, who invented jet engines and nuclear power.
The Yaksha used Cosmium to tap into extra-dimensional energy to meet their needs and it became the first interstellar civilization. But the whole race has been wiped from the pages of history. This is where the game unfolds as players uncover the secrets of the lost civilization.