Ever since nCore Games announced the launch of Fearless and United Guards (FAU-G) back in September last year, there has been a huge hype surrounding the game. The fact that the release date of the mobile game kept pushing back for a long time meant that the whole country was in anticipation of what and how the game would look like.
With a pre-registration record and around 3 lakh downloads in the first twenty-four hours of release, everything seemed to be going in the right direction for the developers, who had cashed in on the anti-china sentiment and the ban of fan favourite PUBG in the country.
But, almost two weeks after the release of India’s own game things are far from rosy for FAU-G and the developers. Fans seemed to have rejected the game altogether with the ratings for the game being bad and the reviews, even worse.
After being rated close to a perfect five when in the first twenty-four hours of its release, the ratings have now fallen to a below-par 3.0 stars in Google Playstore. While there were praises for the graphics – considering the fact that the game was completely built in India, gamers seem to have been left unimpressed by almost everything else.
What seems to have put fans off the most is that the game only allows the use of melee weapons which makes the game monotonous and boring after a certain time. This coupled with the fact that the game is currently available only in story mode feels to have backfired badly for the developers.
The fact that the game was largely seen as the substitute for PUBG but is in reality nothing like the Korean game, also seems to have come back to bite nCore Games. Though the developers had maintained that FAU-G is nothing like PUBG and that they are not in the market to compete with a globally established game, the comparisons have failed to stop.
From being ranked as the top free game in Google Playstore just a day after its release to now falling below the rank fifty, FAU-G surely has seen it all in just a matter of weeks. While the developers have promised some massive updates in the game, including at least one every month, it remains to be seen whether the FAU-G is able to recapture the position it held for a brief while in the market.