Everyone should have seen the news that the totalwar 3k has officially entered the Chinese market. I see that everyone seems to be very positive about this news, but as a Chinese player, I wish i could be happy too but i can not.I am afraid that in China, we will never be able to play the original version of the Three Kingdoms.
As a 15year+ loyal Chinese totalwar player. I must say almost no Chinese players in community are happy to see this news. Maybe Western players don't know much about China's current situation, so mistake it as good news for Chinese players.
Censorship in china
Okay, let's see first, if you want to play a popular 3A games today as a mainland Chinese player, what do you need to do?
For example, if you want to play Reddead Redemption 2, you need to buy a Hong Kong or Taiwan version of the PS4 or xbox first, or a mainland version, but re-install the system software to Hong Kong or Taiwan's version.Then buy a Hong Kong , Taiwan version of the game, finally, put in disc into, and you are good to go.
you may ask what the hell？Why is it so troublesome?
Answer is simple, the game was not（and will not, trust me) Officially published because it could not pass the censorship in China. But that doesn't mean that Chinese players dont have a chance to play. You just need to use the Solution i mentioned before to play it. And it's not piracy, because the games we buy is the legal version of Hong Kong and Taiwan. And there is no censorship there.As far as I know, less than 100 PS4 games have been officially published in mainland China so far. Then you can know how strict China’s censorship is.So the only choice left to player are playing Hong Kong Published Games. Because the games there are synchronized with the world.This is a public secret for game manufacturer and Chinese players.
How about pc games
The situation of PC games is somewhat different. Generally, Chinese players buy PC games on Steam, which is convenient, cheap and synchronized with the world. However, the reason why the game on Steam can be synchronized with the world is that it has not passed any censorship , that is to say, Steam is a grey area in China.So on May 23 this year, Chinese players played the 3k as well as the rest of the world, but in fact, this game has not been officially published in China.
So what does that mean? It means that Steam may be blocked by the Chinese government at any time.So any foreign manufacturer who wants to cultivate the Chinese market stably for a long time can only take the road of official publishing... under two conditions.
1.You have to cooperate with local game companies instead of being wholly foreign-owned.
2.You must unconditionally submit to China's censorship system.
So let's see what happens to games that are completely obey to censorship. For example,World of Warcraft in china,The blood of all living things turns green, because the censorship thinks that red blood is too bloody. When the player dies, the corpse is not a skeleton but a tombstone, because the censorship considers that the skeleton is not suitable for Teenagers to watch. rogue were renamed as Sneaker because the censorship believed that letting players play the role of thieves would make players think of stealing.For example, in some World War II history games, all countries had to change their names to virtual names, because the censors believed that controlling Germany against the Soviet Union was provoking ethnic conflicts.
And once any game is officially published in China, Steam's game page will be removed and locked in China. That is to say, you can only play the censored version of the game, which has been revised by the official publication. Generally, no player likes it. But you can't play the original version on Steam anymore. That's what Chinese players fear totalwar will become next.
How about now
At present, Steam's 3K page is still able to play normally, but 99% of the players in the Chinese community are afraid that one day 3K pages on Steam will lock up China, then we can only play the censorship version outside steam.This means that not only game content be deleted, but also the future update and DLC will be slower than global, because Audit is required before release, and it will be even slower or even unable to go online if the government believes that there is any inappropriate content inside.
what we wish
Our wishes is very simple, no matter how CA and Netease cooperate, it doesn't matter how they produce new card games and so on. But we only hope that the Steam pages of the 3k will not be locked in the future, and we can also buy the future DLC normally without delay and censor just like now, because we do not want to play the censorship game anyway. And basiclly no one in this planet like.And I really dont wanna see that youtuber arch warhammer‘s prophecy about 3k in china to come true.
I hope that my voice and the voices of many Chinese players who have the same thoughts as me can be heard by CA, and I believe this is not an excessive request. I hope everyone can help me keep the topic hot so that it can be seen by CA.
Sometimes I really don't understand why just wanting to enjoy the game, such a humble request, but it is so difficult to achieve.
All the best，peace out.