China Bans Battlefield 4 to Protect National SecurityCategory: Gaming
Posted: December 27, 2013 04:40PM
In a rather surprising move, the Chinese government has banned Battlefield 4 due in part to the China Rising expansion that supposedly threatens the country's national security. The other part stems from the fact that Chinese officials view the game as a form of cultural invasion, with a ban not only on BF4 and the aforementioned expansion, but on all demos, patches, and news related to EA's shooter. In China Rising (set in the year 2020), a fictional war is started by Admiral Chang who plans to overthrow the government. It shows the U.S. military fighting against the coup and the Chinese Liberation Army, so it's understandable why the Chinese government would view it as a form of cultural invasion. Battlefield 4 was never officially launched in China, although that hasn't stopped it from finding a way in.
EA is already looking at the possibility of a pair of class action lawsuits over Battlefield 4, so this is just another blow against one of the company's military FPS games.