Tencent Games announced recently that they have partnered with Bluehole Studios to publish PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to China for mobile devices. The announcement was made via a press release that was first reported on Tech.qq on November 27th, 2017.
The site notes that Tencent and Bluehole would be working together jointly to ensure that all of the core gameplay elements from the standard PC version would make its way into the mobile port in China. It makes sense given that the game has sold more than 21 million copies and is the most popular game of the year by far.
We’ve already seen Chinese clones of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, including a Terminator 2 knockoff, along with a couple of other games. Since we know that the Battle Royale-style survival gameplay is possible on iOS and Android devices, it only seems logical that Tencent would want to target the hundreds of millions of mobile phone users in China in order to make even more money they already do… I mean, they’re already the world’s largest video game publisher.
Anyway, Digital Trends is reporting that the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds could open it up for a potential Nintendo Switch port, since Nintendo’s console can’t handle the larger PC version but it might be able to run the mobile version right proper with some tweaks and modifications.
Tomo News took a completely different route with the news, extrapolating a story out of a previous series of statements from China’s Ministry of Culture about potentially not allowing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds into the region because it didn’t adhere to the nationalistic socialist values of the Republic of China.
Tomo created a parody of the news, claiming that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds could be changed transformed to support the national socialists of China and communistic politics within the gameplay.
However, nothing in the actual press release indicated that they would be changing the core concepts of the game to adhere to China’s socialist views, but they did mention that they would adhere to China’s regulations and policies for the release.
Usually China is okay with allowing games in the region so long as they adhere to the 10 Rules of Censorship, and if it’s published in partnership with a local Chinese distributor.
In fact, China has been upping the regulations on content distributed within the mainland because they want to limit the kind of influence Westerners have on their culture, whether it comes from the Right or Left.
Now that Bluehole, a South Korean company, has teamed up with China’s leading publisher, Tencent, in order to distribute PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in mainland China, it appears all is right in the world… for the Ministry of Culture.
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