According to reports, Battlefield 4‘s depiction of the nation has allegedly, “smeared China’s image” which the country is labelling as a form of “cultural invasion.”
This is what Chinese state-run newspaper China Military now reads, according to ZDNet.
SlashGear reports that the Chinese ministry wants Battlefield 4 removed from physical and digital retailers as well as uninstalled and deleted from all consoles and PCs as soon as possible. They claim it is “an illegal game, with content that endangers national security, and is all about a cultural invasion. Battlefield 4 relevant available downloads, patches, news, and other requirements [shall be] deleted within 24 hours.”
Weibo, the country’s biggest social media website, is now censoring “ZhanDi4”, the Chinese translation of Battlefield 4, where it can.
Earlier this month, Battlefield 4 developers launched China Rising, the game’s first digital expansion, that depicts war against Chinese and US forces in various locales situated in the Chinese mainland. A major plot element of the game’s single player campaign also pits the two factions together as a fictional and corrupt Admiral Chang uses the Unites States as a scapegoat in an attempt to overthrow the current Chinese government.
If you’ve played through the entirety of the game’s story, you know things are cleared up between the two warring nations by the end, but it doesn’t cover up the fact that you spend the majority of the game as a US soldier shooting at Chinese infantry.
As you may recall, this isn’t the only instance a popular shooter has found itself under fire after depicting other Middle-Eastern or Eastern nations in a controversial manner. What’s your take? Did Battlefield 4 take things a little too far this time, or are things being blown out of proportion? Let us know in the comments.