Vishal Gondal on FAU-G review bombing, PUBG comparison and game update plans

FAU-G: Fearless and United Guards developer and publisher nCore Games are dismayed at its review on Google Play by PUBG fans who believed it to be an unfair comparison. The action game saw initial success with over five million downloads soon after its launch last week. But it did not help the action game to appease a large number of mobile gamers in the country as its ratings had dropped drastically over a week after its formal debut on Google Play.

“It is really quite unfortunate. We thought that being an Indian studio, we would get support and encouragement from the people, “Vishal Gondal, founder of N Games, said during a telephonic interview with Gadgets 360,” I can understand that we are not five stars , But we are not even a star. I mean, we are in the middle right now. “

Soon after its launch, FAU-G received 4.5 stars on average rating on Google Play. But a week later this rating was reduced to 3.2. It went down to 3.0 stars with hundreds of one star ratings. In addition to the bulk of the one-star ratings, FAU-G’s ranking has also been dropped from the number one position to number 11 on Google Play’s top charts at the time of writing.

The bombing seems to have come from PUBG fans – who were speculating an alternative to PUBG Mobile in India after the sport was banned just days before the FAU-G announcement. However, Gondal stated that he clearly mentioned in media conversations after the announcement that his game would be completely different from PUBG Mobile which was released by Tencent Games in China.

“I don’t know why people are doing this and what is their motivation behind it,” Gondal said. “But clearly, this is not normal. This is clearly a discrepancy. “

Vishal Gondal said that the FAU-G review bombing was clearly an anomaly
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The sudden drop in ratings has disappointed Gondal, but he said the issue would not affect the roadmap for FAU-G.

“Our plan remains unchanged,” he said.

FAU-G was announced following PUBG Mobile’s ban, and the names of both games are also similar. We wondered if the company now regrets the similarities, but Gondal insisted that the pub did not affect FAU-G plans.

“The idea was of the soldier, which is called Military [in Hindi], “He said.” It’s the most common word in India. So, the idea was to play on the word soldier. It’s just sung with PUBG. It wasn’t to say we’re the same. “

This is not the first time an app or game has seen reviews bombing Google Play. Tiktok faced a similar sudden drop in its ratings last year and one such incident happened recently with stock-trading app Robinhood. In both cases Google has started removing negative reviews using its comment posting policy that does not allow for a large attack of one-star ratings. However, this is not yet the case with FAU-G.

Gondal stated that nCore Games wrote to Google on the matter, although it was yet to receive a response.

When we reached out for clarity on nCore Games’ request, a Google spokesperson gave a general response, stating, “Play Store ratings provide users with useful feedback about their experience with applications and content Enables an informed decision that can benefit others. When we are aware of incidents of spam abuse, we take corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments.

FAU-G has also made its debut in global markets after being exclusive in India for a few days. Gondal said that the global release was expected to improve the ratings.

“That is why we wanted to release the game globally because we wanted to see if it was happening only in India or people of other countries would do the same,” he said, before releasing the review for the global release The event was planned.

‘It’s a David vs Goliath Fight’
Several user reviews on Google Play have written that the experience on FAU-G did not align with them on PUBG Mobile. Some publications, including our own review, have also reviewed this game and have noticed that it is not complete.

Gondal responded to that response by stating that FAU-G has just started and is still on its first version. He also said that the game would certainly receive new updates with a list of improvements and new features, although he did not provide any concrete timeline of those updates. Nevertheless, he assured that the game would get at least one update a month.

“Just think [the fact] He said that people are comparing us to a multi-billion dollar company. “It’s a David versus Goliath fight and unfortunately, at the moment, everyone favors Goliath, and not David.”

The developer team behind FAU-G is planning to improve the existing experience which will help increase ratings. Some of the scheduled updates are intended to bring Team Deathmatch (TDM) mode and Battle Royal mode, which it can achieve in PUBG and other similar action games. An iOS version of FAU-G also works, although Gondal stated that the first priority was Android.

“I think in the next six to eight months, we will see most of the features being launched on FAU-G,” he said.

The initial version of the FAU-G is based on the Galvan Valley skirmish that took place between Indian and Chinese troops in June last year. It is based on hand-to-hand fighting, focusing on crawler mechanics that limits gameplay to some extent.

But still, Gondal told Gadgets 360 that there would be new topics with guns and other weapons in the coming future.

“We will not stop from Galawan Valley,” he said. “India had a lot of issues on our borders. So, I mean a lot of things can happen. “

He is said to have claimed at nCore Games that he has no plans to go for any paid promotions.

“We do not want to pay someone to improve our image or to tell us good or bad,” Gondal said. “Everything you see about FAU-G is organic. Whatever good videos and good reviews are organic, whatever bad videos and bad reviews, we believe that they are organic. “

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