China Bans Battlefield 4 Over Controversial DLC
Residents of China will no longer be able to play Battlefield 4 following a nationwide ban of the game.
Anything related to the game has been banned by China’s Ministry of Culture. This is mostly due in part to the BF4 DLC called “China Rising“. In this DLC set in the year 2020, China is in the midst of a civil war that was started by an Admiral named Chang who is attempting to overthrow the current government. Russia supports Chang and this support causes a war to break out between China and the United States of America. The U.S.A supports the coup and the Chinese Liberation Army.
The Chinese government has stated that EA, the publishers of Battlefield 4, has developed a game that is a threat to national security and that is a form of cultural invasion.
It should be noted that a Chinese translation of BF4, “ZhanDi4“, is still available to download through peer-to-peer networks and torrent sites under its original name. This is going to be the only way that Chinese citizens will be able to play the game now that it has been officially banned.
I won’t get into politics here but this sort of thing isn’t surprising given the nature of communist countries and their need to control every aspect of their citizen’s lives.