China may have ended its nine-month freeze on approving new games, but its propaganda department, State Administration of Press and Publication, has released new rules for games to go on sale in the country. These significant restrictions will stop a large portion of Western games from being released in China.
Gizmodo reports that the new rules ban gambling games, games that deal with China's imperial history, and games featuring blood and corpses.
In the past when countries have tried to crackdown on violent games by banning blood, developers have simply changed its colour from red to something else. That won't wash this time, with China explicitly saying blood of any colour is banned.
So, if you're making a poker game set in Imperial China where you decapitate players that go bust, you're going to have a damn hard time getting released in China.
A tonne of Western developers would like to release their games in China, as it represents one of the largest gaming markets, and it's still growing. But they'll either need to make significant changes to their games or give up on their plans.Do you think Western games are too violent? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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