Garena has postponed the launch of Free Fire India by a few more weeks, citing their efforts to refine gameplay.
Free Fire was set to return to India on September 5th, as announced by the company last week. However, there is now a slight delay in the launch. Here’s what we know:
The Story Unfolds
Free Fire India’s Comeback
The much-anticipated launch of the popular battle royale game, Free Fire, in India has faced a slight delay. The game was originally scheduled to be released on September 5th. However, players will have to wait for a few more weeks.
Just last week, Garena had announced the re-launch of its popular battle royale game, Free Fire, in India. The company, in a press release, revealed that the game would be relaunched as Free Fire India on September 5th, complete with special features for Indian gamers. However, recent reports suggest that the launch will now be delayed by a few weeks as Garena works towards delivering the best possible experience for players.
Garena’s Delay in Free Fire India Launch
According to a report by Manikantrol, Garena is delaying the game’s launch to ensure that they can provide the “best possible experience” to all their Free Fire India fans right from the start.
In a statement, the company said, “Apart from refining gameplay, we are taking some time to fully localize the Free Fire India experience.”
Garena’s Free Fire India Announcement
Last week, Garena had announced that the upcoming game would include “unique content and features to encourage a safe, healthy, and enjoyable gaming experience.” The game will be hosted on local cloud hosting and storage infrastructure provided by Hiranandani Group’s company, Yotta. Additionally, features like parental controls, gameplay limits, and ‘break reminders’ will be enabled to ensure player safety.
In a press release, Garena stated, “As an Empanelled Service Provider under MeitY, Yotta will support the presentation of Garena’s products in India, including optimal management of Indian users’ data on local servers and network connectivity services.”
Singapore-based gaming giant also announced that MS Dhoni has joined as the brand ambassador for the game and will be available as a playable character named ‘Thala.’
Why Was Garena Free Fire Banned in India?
Last February, the Indian government had banned hundreds of Chinese apps in India due to concerns over privacy and security. While Garena Free Fire is developed by a Singapore-based company, it was categorized as a “security threat” and part of the list of banned apps in the country.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had stated that the ban was crucial as these apps “pose a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country” and could potentially “collect sensitive user data.”
Another popular battle royale game, PUBG Mobile, was also among the banned games. It was banned earlier this year in May and made a comeback on app stores, bringing joy to Indian gamers.