The Chinese Communist Party banned Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War because the trailer showed Tiananmen Square. Activision have reportedly removed the footage.
Gamers are hyped for the new Call of Duty (2020) game, entitled Black Ops Cold War, after Activision dropped their hard hitting teaser for the highly anticipated first-person shooter. But China isn’t happy.
The new Call of Duty game is based on real events and the teaser shows real historic footage; including a small clip of Tiananmen Square protest. The Chinese Communist Party acted swiftly and blocked the video and, reportedly, threatened Activision with a ban.
The teaser for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020) is themed around an interview with former Soviet KGB informant and defector Yuri Bezmenov that was conducted in 1984.
In the interview Yuri Bezmenov explains how communist overthrew Russia and warns American’s that, if they don’t know their history, that it is “doomed to repeat itself.”
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops (2020) worldwide reveal drops August 26.
“It’s a slow process which we call Active Measures,” Bezmenov says before talking about the four steps of ‘ideological subversion’ that will ensure that the citizens assimilate to communism. The four steps being: demoralisation, destabilisation, crisis, and finally… normalisation.
During the interview a 1-second clip of the Tiananmen Square protest footage is played, and that was enough to warrant a straight out ban from the CCP.
The infringing footage can still be seen in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020) teaser at around the one minute mark, but several unnamed sources claim that Activision have censored any mention of China (or the CCP) in their worldwide exclusive reveal that’s about to drop tonight.
This isn’t the first time a Call of Duty game will have been banned in China. In 2018 the CCP banned the 2012 game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. This particular Call of Duty game was considered offensive because it showed a fictional World War II bombing raid in the heart of Beijing.
Activision are yet to make an official comment about the Tiananmen Square footage that they used in their Call of Duty: Blacks Ops (2020) teasser.
- UPDATE: Activision have confirmed they have removed the Tiananmen Square footage from the game after the CCP threatened them with a company-wide ban.
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops Cold War is set to release around November, 2020.