Chinese authorities will no longer approve games that feature dead bodies or pools of Blood, and will encourage publishers to ensure their titles don’t deviate from accurate descriptions of history, politics, and law. The new guidelines comes from the country’s State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP), via analyst firm Niko Partners (via PCGamer).
Last year, SAPP halted its game approval process for around eight months. It began again in December, but at a press conference earlier this month, a number of changes to the process were announced. Most notable among those changes is a statement which says that “there shall be no images of dead bodies or pools of blood in any games.”
Previously, games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have got around that issue by changing Blood Puddles from red to black in their Chinese releases, but that particular tactic isn’t going to fly any more. SAPP says that “developers may not change the colour of pools of blood to accommodate” the change in the regulations, which could mean first-person shooters struggle to find footing in China.