Tencent has pulled the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from the Chinese market and replaced it with Game for Peace. The new game is a somewhat sanitized reimagining of PUBG that swaps blood with sparks, death animations with a jaunty hand-wave, and supplies a patriotic backstory honoring the Chinese military as an anti-terrorism force. You can check out the zaniness in this video.
Reuters reports that the publisher made the changes based on PUBG failing to get approval for in-app purchases in the country due to objectionable content, as judged by the Chinese government’s censors. The publisher announced that Game for Peace has already secured the clearance to collect in-app revenue. While the changes may seem silly, the ability to actually make money seems to be the concern for the company.