China’s Ministry of Culture has provided an explanation in regards to the banning of “Battlefield 4.” According to a report from Digital Trends on Dec. 28, the government organization believed that the first-person shooter should be “illegal” as it “endangers national security.”
The Ministry of Culture went on to explain that the video game aggressively attacks the Chinese culture and that all related “Battlefield 4” items should be deleted. You can check out some screens from the sequel in the slideshow to the left of this article and the statement below (courtesy of Digital Trends and Polygon):
Battlefield 4 is an illegal video game, with content that endangers national security. It is an aggressive attack on our culture. After the ban of Battlefield 4, we demand that all items related to the game — downloads, Raiders, patches and news — are to be deleted.
A potential reason for the ban may be due to the release of the China Rising DLC expansion. The map pack contains several areas from the eastern country. The main campaign mode of the first-person shooter also features a Chinese general as an antagonist.
The aforementioned China Rising DLC is offered as a free pre-order bonus. Otherwise, players have to purchase the map pack as a standalone or through the premium membership subscription.
Electronic Arts, the publisher of “Battlefield 4,” released the video game on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 29. The same software product was also made available for the PS4 on Nov. 15 and Xbox One on Nov. 22. Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment is the studio responsible for the development of all platforms.