Chinese regulators have banned the sale of imported copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on a large online site

Earlier, local protests for the freedom of Hong Kong appeared in the game.

Analyst Daniel Ahmad spoke about the situation on his Twitter account . According to him, officially Animal Crossing: New Horizons in China did not come out.

The process of obtaining permission from the publisher for a release in the country is complex and lengthy, and of the Nintendo games, it now officially has only Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Super Mario Bros. U.

Even without an official release, players from China can get their copy. In particular, through the Taobao online site, which serves as the local counterpart to eBay. Through it, you can buy a copy brought from Japan, Europe or the USA and run it on Switch without any problems – the console itself has already been released in China thanks to Nintendo’s partnership with Tencent.

However, on April 10, Taobao announced that import versions of New Horizons could no longer be sold on the site. This is due to the decision of the Chinese regulators who used the resolution of 2017.

Then Taobao stopped selling imported copies of some games, however, as Daniel Ahmad notes, this has been extremely rare for all the time, and there can be two reasons. First: the game contains content, including user-created content, that is considered violent or offensive. Second: the game has become extremely popular and has attracted the attention of regulators.

In the case of New Horizons, both are suitable. In social networks, you can find tens and hundreds of thousands of references to the game, but the main reason, probably, is still the content problem.

At the end of March, players began to use the New Horizons as a new venue for protests for freedom of Hong Kong – for example, on Twitter there is a video in which the characters hit the net on the images of the head of the Hong Kong administration Carrie Lam and kick them in the sand.

Via  studioincendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now unlikely to receive permission for an official release in China. However, players can still purchase a copy, even without Taobao – for example, by changing the region in eShop.

However, as noted by Daniel Ahmad, the ability to create a variety of content in Minecraft did not prevent the game from getting permission to exit in China.


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