EA’s Battlefield 4 has been banned in China following the release of the China Rising DLC.
According to reports on PCGames.com.cn, the game has been characterized as an illegal game on the grounds that the game endangers national security and cultural aggression.
Set in 2020, Battlefield 4 portrays China in midst of an internal war triggered by Admiral Chang who wants to overthrow the current government due to the supposed assassination of China’s future leader. Russia is shown supporting Chang’s cause and their support brings war between China and the US. The US is shown fighting against the coup and Chinese liberation army but ultimately helps the truth surface and prevents all out war.
Battlefield 4 isn’t the only game to be banned in China. Video game consoles have been banned for over a decade but have recently loosened their grip with Shanghai’s free trade zone.
This wont likely hurt EA’s bottom line that much but certainly doesn’t help. A better excuse for China banning the game would be refusal to sell a game so broken and incomplete.
Source: The Wall Street Journal