There are rumours and then there are RUMOURS. Recently, a section of India’s brain-dead Twitter started discussing how the recently announced multiplayer action game FauG (Fearless And United – Guards) is the brainchild of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Now, the Indian game developer nCore Games has come out strongly against these rumours and also addressed concerns that the poster for the game was plagiarised.

“This statement is being issued to address certain ongoing conversations/rumors on social media that FAU-G was conceptualized by late actor Shri Sushant Singh Rajput, which is completely false and baseless. nCore was founded in 2019 by an Indian entrepreneur Mr. Vishal Gondal and Mr Dayanadhi MG & others who have been in the gaming industry for over 20 years. It involves a team of over 25 programmers, artists, testers, designers who have worked on top gaming titles in the past and are currently developing the FAU-G game,” the statement read, on their Twitter feed.

“Further, there are stories doing the rounds that the poster of our action game, FauG, is plagiarised. We would like to further clarify that we have officially bought the license to use the image from ShutterStock. Additionally, this is just a teaser poster and we would be releasing the official game Title Screen and in-game art soon,” it added.

nCore Games also stated that “necessary action” would be taken against those perpetrating these “baseless and fake rumours”.

FauG was announced last week by actor Akshay Kumar as a made-in-India alternative to popular multiplayer shooting game PUBG, which was recently banned by the Indian government.

After JioChat ripped off Zoom and Indian messenger copied WhatsApp’s features, FauG appeared to have followed the same path.

The announcement already felt like a letdown as the introductory graphic appeared to be a rip off of US-based band Collision of Innocence’s Today We Rise album cover. The poster seems to be stolen from the band, which is really disappointing as this could have been a potentially major replacement of PUBG.