Krafton has planned to return to one of its biggest markets by the relaunch of PUBG Mobile in India with a newer and localized version called Battlegrounds Mobile India. This announcement has created a new wave of hype in Indian PUBG Mobile community but reports suggest that this game shares a lot of similarities with Peacekeeper Elite, the Chinese version of PUBG Mobile.
According to a report by IGN India, Battlegrounds Mobile India may not be a completely new game developed for India. Rather, the “source code of this new game would be similar to PUBG Mobile and Peacekeeper Elite”. Both of these titles are developed by Chinese company Tencent and hence, Battlegrounds Mobile India might share similar connections.
Battlegrounds Mobile India is certainly a regional version of PUBG Mobile but it has not shared any connections with Tencent so far. The report draws similarities between Peacekeeper Elite and Battlegrounds Mobile India and they are as follows:
The blood splash colour in Peacekeeper Elite is also set as green by default to comply with the rules and regulations against violence in China. The theme of game was also changed in the Chinese version where Peacekeeper Elite simulates “army training situations”, rather than the original battle-royale theme.
The report also cites a statement made by Nico Partners’ Daniel Ahmed which emphasizes on the similarities between these two games. As per Daniel Ahmed, “Tencent, which develops and publishes Peacekeeper Elite in China, has also added an anti-addiction system to the game as per regulations. This requires players to register with their real name and ID before they can start playing the game. If the player is under the age of 18 they will be subject to time and spend restrictions within the game. China’s game regulator has mandated this since the end of 2019 in an effort to curb gaming addiction among the youth.”
These similarities suggest that Battlegrounds Mobile India share several similarities with Chinese PUBG Mobile and hence can have connections with Tencent for its development, as per IGN India report.