The Chinese Government is not too thrilled about being made the villains of the latest Battlefield 4 expansion, China Rising. As a result, the game has been banned in China.
The storyline of the latest downloadable chapter revolves around a rogue Chinese military leader who attacks American soldiers as part of a military coup in the People’s Republic. The game takes place on mainland China as American soldiers aim to take down the troublemaker.
The translation of Chinese government’s ban points to “national security” as a reason to instate the ban, as well as a perceived attack on Chinese culture. EA declined to comment on the ban.
This might have seemed like a huge problem for EA losing out on the millions of Chinese gamers, but the only problem with that logic is that the game was never planned for a release in China anyways. The biggest game it has on the line-up for China is Plants vs Zombies 2 on the booming Android market.
That means no sweat on EA’s brow, but what about others with more stakes? From here on out, it would seem that portraying China in an antagonistic view in any form of entertainment will be totally taboo, even rogue military generals in works of pure fiction. Where will the ban hammer drop next?