Back in September, China lifted the 13-year console ban thanks to a new free-trade zone in Shanghai. Yay, right?
But one of the biggest games of the year is already banned. Per a Wall Street Journal report , the Chinese government has banned Battlefield 4 because it now contains content that proves to be a "threat to national security."
The report adds that this probably won't hurt EA's business much, but it's still significant from an industry perspective. It's the China Rising downloadable content pack that China has a problem with; the DLC features four multiplayer maps set on the Chinese mainland. As a result, one newspaper accused the game of "discrediting China's image" and "distorting the truth in an effort to mislead young people." We're not sure EA or DICE set out to do any such thing, but whatever. Common sense doesn't factor into politics.
One of these days, somebody with authority in one of these countries is going to realize something vital: Those playing the game likely don't know or care about who they're firing at; they just want to win. I seriously doubt anyone, even young people, are coming away from playing the China Rising DLC with a "distorted" image of the country in question.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 4