Nikhil Malankar, CEO of GameEon Studios revealed the gameplay of their game Mumbai Gullies on his Youtube channel and its D date aka release date, and a huge surprise for his audience.
The developers of GameEon Studios have kept Mumbai Gullies gameplay a secret since January 2020 since its trailer got a massive response but the wait was finally over when the same was disclosed in IGDC 2021 and later on the company CEO’s YouTube channel.
The footages are all about gameplay, gunplay, stealth features, and the massive environment covered in the map, with the same quality as the final game, which will be improved more in the coming future. As Nikhil Malankar stated in the video, you can attack or kill gully enemies, you can also see their swift reaction when they chase you, hide behind solid objects in the gullies, implying that the game includes a reactive AI that may exceed the Mumbai Gullies fanbase’s expectations. You can also explore the map on your own to get a feel for how the Mumbai streets will seem to be in the main game.
GameEon Studios has created a very realistic and lifelike world in the big reveal. Players will feel immersed in everything from a slum to a metropolitan setting. The gameplay clip begins in a slum region of Mumbai, where the player character, dressed in a police uniform, engages in combat with gangsters handling pistols and snipers. The game will have a fun feature called “Swap Clothes,” which allows players to change their clothes and make them more appealing. The movie posters displayed on the walls of the slum area in the Mumbai Gullies gameplay video seem real, however, it may change due to copyright claims, additional posters will be added in the future. Additionally, some very realistic shots display slum regions with limited walkways, moths buzzing around street lamps, and people in slum areas storing water in little pots and drums for their needs since we all know there are times when such areas have water scarcity in Mumbai.
Some shots also revealed several NPCs gathered together, taxis racing along vast concrete highways, bus stops, and tall buildings in the city section of the game. Players will be able to drive any car, watch movies, and interact with other characters in the game, as mentioned by Nikhil Malankar. The branding utilized in urban areas is largely parody brands, and the parallax effect can be seen on the streets of Mumbai. The parallax effect is when you can view the environment of an apartment through an open or transparent window, and it is now widely used in modern games. You can also see why Mumbai is known as “The City Of Dreams”, as those who are going through difficult times and have nowhere to sit or sleep but on the streets at night, demonstrating how the Mumbai Gullies gameplay is detailed.
In the gameplay video, there is also a special level called “Jail Level”, in which you must escape the jail by killing your enemies. Nikhil Malankar further stated that some of the missions will be executed in prison without revealing the main story of Mumbai Gullies. The jail depicted in the gameplay video appears remarkably similar to Mumbai’s jail, complete with a buzz of prisoners. The most fascinating thing about this jail in Mumbai Gullies is that one of the artists went to jail to study the environment, and Nikhil Malankar assured that his artist just went to visit the jail as a visitor, not by getting arrested. If you’ve ever seen an Indian movie, you’ll notice that the jail in the gameplay video seems eerily similar to Indian jails. The canteen, washbasin, dining tables (known in India as Kaidi Kitchen), notice boards, a police van and car, and armor all seem very similar to those found in Indian jails. Some of the characters were also presented to show the quality and standard they are promising to deliver.
The company CEO mentioned that the characters shown in the Mumbai Gullies gameplay video will not be exactly to those in the final game, and this is only a preview of how the game mechanics will work.
Moving forward, Nikhil Malankar finally revealed the big surprise, the game will be released in two parts that are Mumbai Gullies: The Prologue and Mumbai Gullies: The Final Chapter. Mumbai Gullies: The Prologue is set to release late next year i.e. late 2022 and the Final version, Mumbai Gullies: The Final Chapter is set to release in the year 2025.
The prologue will serve as a market test. Players will have the opportunity to test out some quests and explore a tiny portion of the massive map. The Final Chapter will be a continuation of the Prologue.
Nikhil Malankar says they’re in ongoing talks with publishers about pricing and would strive to make the game as affordable as they can.