PUBG removed in China, replaced with 'Game For Peace'
After trying to get approvals to release and monetize PUBG, the popular battle royale, Tencent has pulled the game and replaced it with a patriotic clone.
The Chinese video gaming leader has waited in vain for over a year for approval to earn money on PUBG via in-app purchases, having given the gory, South Korean-made game a socialist makeover to meet stringent government rules.
In a website statement, Tencent described Game for Peace as a tactical shooting game developed in-house which “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country’s airspace”, in reference to the Chinese air force.
Unlike PUBG where players eliminate others in a Hunger games style game mode, Game of Peace sees players having a "friendly" paintball style fight, all the other mechanics are identical. Reuters reports that one Weibo user said, "When you shoot people, they don't bleed, and the dead get up and wave goodbye!" Tencent has told Reuters “they are very different genres of games”.
“With PUBG Mobile having around 70 million average daily active users in China now, we expect Game for Peace could potentially generate 8 billion yuan to 10 billion yuan ($1.18 billion to $1.48 billion) in annual revenue”, said analysts at China Renaissance.
Tencent share prices increased 2 percent following the news.