Monster Hunter: World Banned In China Days After PC Launch

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We’ve learned (via Cnet) that Monster Hunter: World has been banned from sale in China.

The latest and probably most popular entry in the long-running monster-hunting franchise just launched for Windows PC, and it took roughly five days for the game to be banned within mainland China. For those unfamiliar with the region, most “traditional” gaming is done on a PC, as traditional consoles were previously banned for over a decade.

Prior to the ban, the game had over one-million pre-orders on China PC distribution platform WeGame, which is owned by Tencent.

In addition, the game allegedly had a 91 percent approval rating from users. In spite of this, the game was pulled. Details are scant at this stage, but we do know WeGame declared that they had “numerous reports” from authorities stating the game did not meet regulations to be sold in China.

The Star claims that The State Administration of Radio and Television, the department in charge of issuing licenses for entertainment media, had not issued any licenses since March 28th. This corroborates with a claim made by the Financial Times that there has been “bureaucratic infighting” from China’s new media regulator.

To those who bought the game, WeGame is offering a full refund and a 30 yuan coupon until August 20th (roughly $4.35 at this time of writing). It should be noted that while this game was banned, Monster Hunter Online is not.

In related news, an Australian senator is proposing a bill to prevent videogames from being banned in Australia. In addition, WeGame is getting a global release, presumably with far more lenient regulations.

Monster Hunter World is currently available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In case you missed it, you can find our review for the game here (we highly recommend it!).

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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