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Published on December 27th, 2013 | by Andy King

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Well That Escalated Quickly! Battlefield 4 Banned In China

After grumblings from the land of the rising sun “Middle Kingdom” that they weren’t happy with the nations portrayal in games, the Chinese government has officially banned fictional first-person shooter,  ZhanDi4 (aka Battlefield 4) for “developing content that threatens the country’s national security”.

China’s Ministry of Culture has advised that all materials related to the game in any form (downloads, demos, patch downloads, and news reports) are banned.

The game itself, which features a fictional Chinese civil war in-which the United States provides aid, is perceived as “an attempt to discredit China’s national image” and a “new form of cultural aggression”. To read the full statement, click here (translator needed naturally).

image003[1]With a such a radically different market for games in the far-east, is it not long now before we see more regionalised releases, such as Activsion has done with Call of Duty Online?

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