Chinese Government Bans Battlefield 4 For Threatening National Security

It's not uncommon for some governments to censor a video game before its release in their respective countries, but it's a bit rarer to see a title banned outright. Germany tends to come to many minds first when it comes to video game bannings, as it most notably outlaws the Wolfenstein series. But even countries like Australia have banned a good-sized collection of titles, including recent ones like Saints Row IV and The Witcher 2.

The latest title to suffer this fate is Battlefield 4, and given much of the game's content, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that it's China behind this one.

In the title's first expansion pack, China Rising, the player engages in a war targeting China which has the US' and Russia's involvement. The goal? To overturn the corrupt government, and liberate the country's people.

It's probably not hard to understand why China isn't a fan of this premise. It has outright charged DICE and EA for depicting a form of cultural invasion, and the ban extends far enough to encompass even the very mention of the name. News reports are unable to talk about it, and the Mandarin equivalent of the name is banned from search engines.

Those in China who still want the game will have no other choice but to find it available online somewhere via illegitimate means, although it wouldn't be surprising if China somehow put a stop to that, as well.

Given China's well-established policies, and general policing of what goes on in its country, we'd have to imagine that DICE and EA saw this banning coming from a mile away.

KyleChessman one year ago

I'm sure EA and DICE saw this from a mile away. It's OK. They love losing profits.

MiguelBoulet one year ago

I create BF Mafia haha jk HotHardware

CDeeter one year ago

Lol threatened by a game, gov must be on shaky ground over there.

JesseLiss one year ago

China bans BF4 because the game consists of overthrowing the Chinese government. Australia bans Witcher 2 because of boobs. Which one seems more ridiculous?

CharlesEaton one year ago


jun one year ago

China is so silly.

MCook one year ago

Stuff it China, we're in a Cold War with them, and Cold War II with the Russians, this is our world today.

YuTingLin one year ago

Raphael Yu Yuanheng Yan

DSylvander one year ago

You know they already control content in our Hollywood movies right? The Chinese have a large interest in our studios. Ownership has its privileges...

AClavero one year ago

Oh well, game on non communist countries!

Fierce Guppy one year ago

Battlefield 4 gets added to these illustrious others....

Call of Duty 2
CoD 4: Modern Warfare
CoD 5: World At War
CoD: Modern Warfare 2
Shellshock Nam '67
Shellshock 2 Blood Trails
Everything related to Grand Theft Auto
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men & Dog Days
Mafia 1 & 2
Saint's Row 1 & 2
Total Overdose
True Crime: New York & Streets of LA
Mercenaries 1 & 2
50 Cent: Bulletproof & Blood on The Sand
Godfather 1 & 2
The Siren series

Not only are those games forbidden fruit in China but games consoles are STILL banned in China, i.e., xbox, playstation and nintendo. The Ministry of Thought Compliance has banned them since the year 2000, you know... to protect Chinese youth.

Nanny needs a hot poker up her rectum.

thunderdan602 one year ago

At least this will help with some of the high longer a in US servers. :-P

natilia one year ago

I love Battlefield 4, it is ridiculous to ban it for such a reason...










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