Battlefield 4 Banned by Chinese Government
The Chinese Government have officially banned Electronic Art’s latest first-person shooter hit, Battlefield 4, claiming that the game is a threat to national security.
The “threat” no doubt refers to Battlefield 4’s depiction of China and the Chinese military as an enemy of US, as well as being shown as ruthless oppressors throughout the game. Battlefield’s first downloadable content, “China Rising”, further agitates this negative image.
According to a PCgames.com.cn report, they also accused the U.S. game developer for depicting a form of cultural invasion. China’s Ministry of Culture issued a notice prohibiting all materials related to the game in any form, including game downloads, demos, patch downloads, and news reports.
After an earlier report in state-run newspaper China Military, said Battlefield 4 “smears China’s image” and was a new form of “cultural invasion”.
The word “ZhanDi4″, the Chinese translation for Battlefield 4, is already censored on the country’s biggest social media site Weibo.com, however, online users in China are still posting peer-to-peer download links of the game under its English names and acronym “BF4″.
Released in October, Battlefield 4 is available in North America, Europe, Jana, Australia, and New Zealand, and was not officially launched in China.