“PUBG” pulled in Communist China, replaced with propaganda-infused reskin “Game for Peace”
The Chinese version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been removed by the game’s publisher Tencent and replaced with Game for Peace, which is essentially a mod of the original PUBG altered to provide “healthy, positive cultural and value guidance” for Chinese players.
Tencent agreed to tone down some of the more mature themes of PUBG in 2017, but even after these concessions, the communist government would not permit the game to be monetized unless the publisher made it more in line with China’s socialist ideology. Tencent therefore chose to shut down PUBG entirely and re-release it as Game for Peace, which was approved for monetization in April.
So what changed? Game for Peace certainly resembles PUBG, but all blood and gore has been removed, characters “wave goodbye” instead of dying, and the whole game is designed to be a celebration of the Chinese Air Force.
For players who have already downloaded PUBG, they will still return to the same level they left off once they update the game.