With India’s gaming market reaching an inflection point in terms of scale and the propensity to pay, startups are increasingly basing their video games on Indian stories and themes for wider adoption by players.
SuperGaming, a Pune-based game development studio, is one such startup that is developing a made-in-India title called Indus, which belongs to the popular battle royale shooter genre in which online players fight to the death until only one remains. The genre is currently dominated by titles such as Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), Free Fire, Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Apex Legends.
The game, which is heavily inspired by Indian culture and mythology, features the Indus Valley civilisation as the backdrop of the story and is set in ‘Indo-Futurism,’ which the company describes as a futuristic world that is “unapologetically Indian in its exploration and representation of science fiction.”
This is the most ambitious title for the startup, which previously developed games such as the multiplayer shooter title MaskGun, which claims to have clocked over 65 million players since its inception, and social deduction title Silly Royale, which claims to have registered over 20 million players.