Battlefield 4 Banned in China Following DLC Release
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.29.2013
China calls it an "aggressive attack on its culture"...
EA can't catch a break with Battlefield 4. First the game was released to a problematic reception due to several bugs that had critics and gamers less than pleased, which has prompted three separate lawsuits against the company. Now, China.com reports that the game has been banned in China by the country's government.
The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China officially banned the game, calling it "an aggressive attack on its culture." Searches for the game have been banned on Chinese social media website Weibo and the ministry is ordering all content related to the game be deleted.
The impetus seems to be the release of the China Rising DLC pack, which features four maps in arenas across mainland China. In additon, the campaign mode tels the story of an Admiral trying to overthrow the government in order to get Russian support for a war with the US.
The ministry said in a statement, "Battlefield 4 is an illegal video game, with content that endangers national security. It is an aggressive attack on our culture," read a translated statement. After the ban of Battlefield 4, we demand that all items related to the game - downloads, Raiders, patches and news - are to be deleted."
All expansions are currently on hold at DICE while they attempt to fix existing problems in the game.