Free Fire India Relaunch Delayed: What Gamers Need to Know

The gaming community was excited about the much-awaited launch of Free Fire India, initially scheduled for September 5, 2023. However, Garena, the Singaporean global online game developer, has postponed the launch. The news has left fans eagerly waiting for further updates. So, what led to this sudden change? Let’s find out.

Free Fire India Relaunch
Credit: Free Fire Garena

The Official Announcement

Garena made the official announcement a day before the launch date. The company stated that they are postponing the launch to offer the “best possible experience” to their Free Fire India fans. They are taking additional time to refine the gameplay and complete the localisation of the Free Fire India experience.

Why the Delay?

The reason behind the delay is clear: Garena wants to provide Indian gamers with the best possible experience right from the start. They are fine-tuning the gameplay and focusing on localising the Free Fire experience for the Indian audience. Garena is making significant modifications to the game to meet Indian regulatory requirements. The game will feature localised content and characters and a heightened emphasis on esports.

Pre-Registrations Still Open

Despite the delay, pre-registrations for the game on Android remain open through the Google Play Store. Gamers can visit the store to sign up and even enable the “Automatic Install” option for a seamless experience when the game eventually drops.

Partnerships and Local Hosting

Excitingly, Garena has teamed up with Yotta for cloud hosting in India. Yotta, part of the Hiranandani Group, supports Garena in adhering to India’s gaming regulations, ensuring a smoother relaunch. This partnership indicates that the developers are cautious to take the relaunch and avoid facing another ban.

Star Power

Free Fire India is set to make a remarkable comeback with a lot of announcements, including the inclusion of Indian sports stars as characters. MS Dhoni has joined as the game’s brand ambassador and will be available as a playable character named ‘Thala’.

The Bigger Picture

In February last year, the Indian government banned hundreds of Chinese apps, including Free Fire, citing them as a “security threat”. Garena Free Fire is returning with features like a verification system to enable parental supervision, gameplay limitations, and ‘take a break’ reminders.


While the wait for the return of Garena Free Fire in India has been extended, gamers can still pre-register and stay tuned for the highly anticipated comeback of this iconic battle royale game. The delay may be a small hiccup, but it promises a more refined and localised gaming experience for Indian fans.

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