The video game Monster Hunter World has been pulled from stores in China shortly after becoming for sale by China’s censors. The publisher, Tenent, said the actions of China’s sensors was the result of multiple complaints from the public but Tencent did not provide details about those complaints.
The company has stated that over 1 million copies of the game had been pre-sold before its release. The actions from the sensors comes on the heels of China blocking Redit in the country. Redit provided no statement officially by the more but it is common to see China temporarily block websites, but for some human rights activists, they felt the blocking of Redit was only a matter of time based on the country’s history.
The Monster Hunter World game has players battling and stalking various fantasy beasts and eliminating them in a violent manner. It is far from being the most violent games that Capcom released, and is another release in a series of Monster Hunter games
In Europe the game is rated it 16 for bad language deemed mild and moderate gore. Tencent said they enacted changes to its title so that it is more appropriate for the Chinese market, and that has resulted in regulators allowing the latest edition to be on available for sale however those wishing a refund on pre-sales can do so via the Tencent website. Those who downloaded the game but have yet to play it have been issued warnings that due to the ban that the game may no longer work until updates are released.
China has history of banning video games
China has a well-documented history of banning video games it deems violent or inappropriate, especially those with extreme violence or those that feature sex or drug content.
Battlefield 4 was one of those that seen as smearing the image of China’s flag as it featured a Chinese military leader who was trying to overthrow the Chinese government. While it is unusual to have a video game outlawed after initially approved, it is not unheard of.
The South China Morning Post newspaper ran an article that highlighted the authorities’ efforts not to approve any new video games since March of this year. That has had a large impact on companies such as Tencent and their stock market value.