While the Department of State of the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China finally lifted the long lasting ban on foreign video game consoles, the body responsible for regulating the content that Chinese gamers will be able to enjoy is the Ministry of Culture.
During a press conference held yesterday in Beijing, Minister of Culture Cai Wu mentioned that said rules will be written “as soon as possible”, but didn’t specify time frame, as reported by Bloomberg.
Wu explained that, while foreign consoles will be allowed within Chinese borders, not all content will get a free pass:
Things that are hostile to China, or not in conformity with the outlook of China’s government, won’t be allowed under the rules of the free-trade zone. We want to open the window a crack to get some fresh air, but we still need a screen to block the flies and mosquitoes.
This kind of attitude isn’t too surprising, considering that the Chinese Government banned Battlefield 4 as a threat to national security just a couple weeks ago, due to the portrayal of the country in the China Rising DLC.