Tencent has shut down the Chinese version of its mobile battle royale game PUBG Mobile, and replaced it with a bizarre, Chinese government-approved clone called “Game for Peace.”
The announcement was made on the developer’s official Weibo account.
Tencent has been trying for over a year to gain approval to monetize PUBG Mobile through in-app purchases, reported Reuters. However, they were unable to meet the stringent regulations set by the Chinese government, and it seems, have now given up, shifting all users to the gore-free, patriotic, and crucially, government-approved clone Game for Peace.
Fortunately, PUBG Mobile players will carry over all levels and in-game items to the new game.
Tencent says that Game for Peace “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country’s airspace”, in reference to the Chinese air force. While the game is essentially a clone of PUBG, it lacks the gore that the Chinese government adamantly doesn’t want to be shown.
In fact, when downed, players will, instead of dying, get up and wave goodbye.
Here’s what that looks like in action: