INDIA: Garena’s highly anticipated relaunch of its popular Battle Royale game, Free Fire, as Free Fire India, has been temporarily postponed. The Singapore-based gaming giant announced last week that the game would feature exclusive content and safety measures tailored for Indian players, including local cloud hosting by Yotta, a Hiranandani Group company.
However, in a recent statement, Garena revealed that the launch would be delayed for a few weeks to ensure an unparalleled gaming experience for Indian fans. “In addition to refining the gameplay, we are taking some time to fully complete our localization of the Free Fire India experience,” the company stated.
Garena’s decision to prioritize player satisfaction reflects its commitment to delivering a secure and enjoyable gaming environment. The relaunch was initially scheduled for September 5, coinciding with India’s gaming community’s eager anticipation.
The game’s introduction of unique content and features aimed at promoting safe and healthy gameplay raised considerable excitement among Indian players.
As part of their commitment to data security and privacy, Garena partnered with Yotta to manage Indian users’ data on local servers, complying with MeitY’s standards for data handling.
Additionally, Free Fire India planned to implement parental supervision features, gameplay limitations, and ‘take a break’ reminders to foster responsible gaming.
Garena also made headlines by announcing that former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni would join the Free Fire India team as the game’s brand ambassador and a playable character named ‘Thala,’ further enhancing the game’s appeal to Indian gamers.
This delay, however, has stirred some memories of the ban imposed on the game in February last year, along with several other Chinese apps. Despite Garena’s Singaporean roots, the Indian government classified Free Fire as a “security threat,” citing concerns over data privacy and security. Similar restrictions were applied to PUBG Mobile, which eventually returned to India as BGMI (Battlegrounds Mobile India) after several months.
As Free Fire enthusiasts eagerly await its return, Garena’s decision to delay the relaunch demonstrates its unwavering commitment to providing Indian players with the best possible gaming experience and safety measures. Gamers can rest assured that the wait will be well worth it when Free Fire India finally arrives on the scene.