EA Games latest title 'Battlefield 4' has been banned in China by the Chinese government due to concerns of National Security.
China's Ministry of Culture has issued a prohibition order on all materials pertaining to the first person shooter, including things such as news reports,game downloads,patch downloads, and demos. There is a total blackout on all things Battlefield 4 related.
Battlefield 4: China Rising is about a fictional war in China started by Admiral Chang who plans to overthrow the government. His success will be supported by Russia, but will bring China to war with the United States which relationship with the Russian is tensed. The game showcases the U.S. military's fight against the coup and Chinese Liberation Army.
The word "ZhanDi4", the Chinese translation for Battlefield 4, is already censored on the country's biggest social media site Weibo.com, however, online users in China are still posting peer-to-peer download links of the game under its English names and acronym "BF4".
Released in October, Battlefield 4 is available in North America, Europe, Jana, Australia, and New Zealand, and was not officially launched in China.
Since its release, the game has been plagued with major technical bugs and glitches across all platforms it runs on including Microsoft Windows and Xbox, and Sony PlayStation. Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against EA for allegedly issuing "materially false and misleading statements highlighting the purported strength" of the game's rollout. Filed by investors who bought the company's stock, the lawsuit accused EA of violating the Securities Exchange Act 1934 and artificially inflating its stock price by making the statements.