Microsoft unable to release Call of Duty, Destiny, and Halo for Xbox One in China due to government restrictions
China, the world’s most populous nation, finally saw the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One earlier today after a 14-year ban on gaming consoles. For those who were fortunate enough to snag an Xbox One, the wait continues as China has imposed restrictions on several of the console’s launch titles.
The local regulators are inspecting many titles including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Destiny, among several others, for violent scenes. There is no word on how long until Chinese gamers are able to purchase the said video games.
After postponing the Xbox One’s launch in China last week, the US-based technology company finally launched the gaming console in the country today. The company had partnered with several indie game developers to have over 70 exclusive titles for Xbox One; however, it was only able to showcase 10 titles at the event. It’s rather upsetting news for both Microsoft and Chinese gamers, as we had learned that Microsoft was working to dub the Halo 5 to local language for user’s convenience.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the sales figure, though Xbox One is the only gaming console available for purchase in China at the moment, as Sony and Nintendo are yet to launch their consoles. Initial projections, however, are not looking too good.
Official sales of the Microsoft XBox One will fail to take off in China should government continue to ban popular games to regulate content.
— Canalys (@Canalys) September 29, 2014