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China Bans COD: Black Ops Cold War Trailer Over Tiananmen Square Footage
A Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War teaser trailer has been banned in China for depicting the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, according to a report analyzing the situation. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the next game in the franchise and will be developed by Treyarch and Raven Software with a release date scheduled for sometime later this year, and in anticipation of its worldwide reveal, the official YouTube channel shared a trailer to build anticipation.
Showing the highly sensitive event was enough to get people buzzing about the game online. The offending clip was also shared on social platform Weibo last Thursday. To reference the clip without being censored, users started using alternative terms like “01:05”, the time the scene appears in the video.
Ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s official reveal on Wednesday, August 26, an official Call of Duty YouTube teaser trailer was uploaded for the upcoming game. That trailer featured a roughly second-long clip of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, and according to a report from CBR, that content created a negative backlash from mainland Chinese citizens on the internet, resulting in the trailer being banned in China. Since then, the official Call of Duty YouTube channel has uploaded a second, shorter trailer – one that does not feature footage from the Tiananamen Square protests at all.
Chinese backlash over the inclusion of footage of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 are largely over the worry that reminders of those demonstrations could create more unrest now, especially given the political climate in the country currently. The Tiananmen Square protests are internationally famous as part of a pro-democracy, student-run movement that came to a head on June 4, 1989, when the People’s Liberation Army opened fire on protesters in an event that is believed to have led to thousands of deaths. It’s an event that has been frequently censored by the Chinese Communist Party, and that includes in online media, like YouTube trailers for video games.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is the sixth instalment in the Black Ops series. Details surrounding the plot and gameplay are scarce, however the teaser revealed that the upcoming game will be inspired by real events. The trailer features real-world footage from a number of conflicts fought between the ’60s and ’70s, all playing beneath audio from an interview with Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov, in which the former KGB informant explained the grander strategy of the Soviet regime.
Developed by Treyarch and Raven Software and published by Activision, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is scheduled to be released sometime this year. The worldwide reveal takes place Wednesday, Aug. 26.