‘Battlefield 4′ Banned in China Over DLC

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Battlefield 4 Ban China Rising DLC

While Battlefield 4 players across the globe are lamenting their inability to participate in the game’s multiplayer experience, one whole nation has seemingly dodged a bullet. Battlefield 4, DICE‘s latest entry in their hugely popular shooter franchise, has been banned in China.

Although Battlefield 4 has yet to reach Chinese shores for retail, the country has already decided to ban the game. Specifically, they cite Battlefield 4‘s China Rising DLC and the public perception the content creates as a major determining factor in the ban.

As Techie News reports, not only has Battlefield 4 the game been banned in China, all related promotional materials have been banned as well. To put it bluntly, China has labeled the game as illegal on the grounds that it endangers national security and encourages cultural aggression.

While the China Rising DLC is nothing more than a set of multiplayer maps and additions, there is a narrative packaged around the additional content. In China Rising’s alternate future, the year 2020 to be exact, China is at war with the U.S. after the fictional Admiral Chang makes moves to overthrow the existing Chinese government. It’s obviously a fictionalized conflict, but that isn’t necessarily the point.

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Ultimately, since Battlefield 4 isn’t marketed or sold in China this issue shouldn’t amount to much, but considering the game’s poor reception as of late it’s worth mentioning. Just recently EA was hit with its third Battlefield 4-related lawsuit, which once again accused EA of misleading the public and investors with a broken product.

The lawsuits have painted Battlefield in such a bad light that some analysts suggest they have tarnished the franchise’s reputation. It’s unclear if that is true, but there’s no denying the inability to maintain a consistent experience is a huge problem, so much so that DICE has halted production on any future DLC.

And so there’s no way to know, even if the Chinese government allowed Battlefield 4 and Electronic Arts sold it in the country, that gamers would even be able to download the DLC let alone hop online to play it.

What do you think of China banning Battlefield 4? Is this just more bad press for the game?

Source: Techie News, PCGames.com.cn

TAGS: Battlefield, Battlefield 4, DICE, Electronic Arts, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Mark Hard

    You just don’t go off naming a DLC that title without not knowing sh*t was going to go down. Especially a country heavily known for censorship. Now they have lost an entire potential market, congratulations EA.

    • Gabeler

      How on God’s Green Earth is this EA’s fault? Last I checked, DICE made the game. EA published it.

      • Jacob

        Exactly they control what gets published, they can tell them to change things.

      • Zach

        because EA dictates what DICE does. EA pushed the product out knowing full well it was still broken, thus the lawsuits advertising a complete product when the game is anything but. Don’t defend EA and their practices, and don’t blame DICE for having EA breathing down their necks. Though, I don’t know who’s bright idea it was to name and base the DLC in China, because no country would be “ok” with that to begin with.

        • Gabeler

          I’m by no means an EA fanboy. In fact, being a hardcore Mass Effect fan, I’m quite the opposite. But if EA had delayed YOUR game for three more months to fix it’s problems, you would all take to the forums to express your disgust with them. They can’t win with you people.

          And if they had told DICE to “change things” considering it was a stupid an insensitive idea, you’d be looking at another five weeks for this DLC, and sure enough, you’d still be pissed.

          • Shalkowski

            Mass Effect is published by EA lol

      • jamie 3

        ea is a bunch of lousy game producers dice on the other hand hasn’t done nothing wrong

    • ios

      Here live from China,and it’s true that we plan to take over the U.S pretty soon.
      We do not want the game to spoil it and our plans !
      It’s true !

      • Isaac B. Abraham

        Ios, I’ve met a lot of Chinese students from CHINA, they have absolutely no hate, ill-will, or problem with the U.S., so as far as I know, you can try to take our country, but you’ll fail, horribly.

  • Alan

    Nevermind them EA are just an easy target for them to vent their frustrations on

  • hostaman

    EA are certainly in my bad books after the buggy mess they made of Need For Speed Rivals. It does seem that everything they touch turns to ****

  • Batman

    I got this as a gift and havent opened it, is it worth keeping?

    • Daniel Carlson

      ive been hearing of a lotta bugs and broken gameplay.. imo return it

      • Arametzu

        now i’ll be honest. I got it for the Xbox 360 on launch and other than it making my console freeze up occasionally, I have yet to experience any of the problems everyone has been talking about.

    • Shalkowski

      Why would you return it if you got it for free? I have it and I really like it. You really cant complain if you got it as a gift. I really dont think its as buggy as people say. I haven’t had much problems with it. I haven’t really played the campaign but its an MP game anyway.

    • dan

      shalkowski’s got a point. if it’s free, what’s the harm in keeping it? unless you live in a shoebox where there’s no space for even a spare disk…

  • hanzo

    Either way someone would get offended in this world. China is a formidable foe for the world and its not like we would ever see a dlc named “Mexico Rising”. That would just be boring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DownloadableConflict TaboriHK

    Oh shut up, China. America is the secret bad guy 90% of the time and we don’t complain about it.

  • Dovahkiin

    Ok, first, Battlefield 4 isn’t that bad. It has many bugs, but you can’t call it a step back from Battlefield 3 as the two are now. At least it is on par with Battlefield 3. Bugs? Yes. But that is to be expected with the new engine and new consoles.