Early this year in January, SuperGaming announced Indus: Battle Royale. A made-in-India battle royale for the world that will be available for Mobile, PC, and Console platforms. Considering India’s highly lucrative and rapidly evolving gaming industry, this is a big step for the future. Now the country has a battle royale game to call its own, and what’s an added advantage is the game’s focus on presenting the world with a futuristic version of India. Since the announcement, Indus has made headlines for various aspects that have been unique in the game. And now in the latest episode of Inside Indus, the developers revealed everything about the concept of Indus: Battle Royale.
Indus: Battle Royale is inspired by the great Indus Valley Civilization and the concept is Indo-Futurism
Indus is a battle royale game that will be available for PC, Mobile, and console platforms worldwide. The developers at Indus said that “Indus is a made-in-India for-the-world battle royale for mobile, PC, and consoles with a 2022 release date. It’s being developed with the focus of bringing our take on Indian culture with a futuristic twist for gamers across the globe.”
In the latest episode of Inside Indus, the CEO Roby, the writers of Indus, Ankush and Rishi talked about the main underlying theme of the game which is called Indo-Futurism. In the video, the speakers also talk about the inspiration for the theme derived from the great Indus valley civilization. They also talked about what could’ve happened to the Indus valley civilization? What if they had traveled into the future?
Keeping this as a base idea, the team brainstormed on a lot of ideas to make the story of the game seem as futuristic as possible and ended up getting inspired by the concept of Afro-futurism which was first presented in the movie Black Panther with the interpretation of Wakanda, a futuristic city with themes that combined Africa’s rich heritage with a hopeful future. This gave rise to Indus’s main theme of Indo-Futurism.
The game is set in the year 2500 and shows India’s future
Indus is based in the year 2500 and unlike any other battle royale game, Indus is not set in a destroyed or gloomy state. It is set in an optimistic vision of India in the future and shows what could’ve been and what still can be. This gives gamers a unique reason to come back to the game again and again. Indo-Futurism also sheds light on those scarcely represented parts of India that deserve local and global recognition.
Through Indo-Futurism, the development team aims to set a bar for Indian games in the global gaming market. Until now, we haven’t had huge success in this task but with Indus, the team hopes to represent India’s take on Sci-fi that’s rooted in our culture like with Godzilla from Japan or the Fallout series from the US. The core pillars of Indo-Futurism are:
While the theme of the game explains the first two core pillars, the rest are extremely important considering science fiction. Science Fiction over the years has been regularly associated with dystopian-style stories. However, with Indus, the development team plans to shift the narrative towards hope and optimism.
Experience modern weapons and futuristic battle royale gameplay
As Indus is a futuristic world that has eliminated key societal issues with citizens who have a deeper understanding of their part in the world who emphasize the use of technology for the betterment of the planet while sticking to our roots and blissfully representing Indian mythology and elements of our culture like arts and traditions.
Despite all the Indianness involved, the game still has modern deadly weapons, mechanics, and gameplay that match the current battle royale genre feeling. The team’s main aim is to present users with an example of what Indian science fiction can do and create a universe in which players and their friends can explore where they have stories to tell from Virlok.
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