A modder has restored Guilty Gear Strive’s original China-related story entry following a backlash to developer Arc System Works’ decision to stealthily remove it.
As Eurogamer reported last week, a recent Guilty Gear Strive patch removed the reference to Uyghur, Tibet, and Taiwan in a China-related story entry.
Neither Guilty Gear Strive editor Bandai Namco nor developer Arc System Works have commented, despite repeated requests from Eurogamer.
Strive includes an in-game glossary, which in turn includes a host of story entries to help players understand its intricate backstory.
The tradition entry in question, “International Affairs after the Crusades,” originally mentioned Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, and Uygher, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, and Siberia in its text.
Two sentences were modified. Here is the first in original form:
“Countries that had a high population density and tended to import their food, such as Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, could not solve their nation’s problems with the availability of energy alone.”
“Countries that had a high population density and tended to import their food could not solve their nation’s problems with the availability of energy alone.”
The second sentence in question was originally:
“China has further expanded its borders to include Uygher, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia and Siberia, regions with less population but with many natural resources.”
“The Federation of China has further expanded its borders to encompass nearby regions with lower populations but many natural resources.”
Without comments from the publisher or developer, it is impossible to know the true reason for the change, but many have suggested that it was influenced by the Chinese market.
As Chris Tapsell reported as part of Eurogamer’s extensive investigation, Video Games in China: Beyond the Great Firewall, under Chinese law, video games cannot contain anything that “threatens the national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity of China” , harm “reputation, safety or interests” or include anything that “damages public ethics” or “culture and traditions” of China.
Why these countries specifically? China has been accused committing crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against the Uighur population. China has also been accused of “coercing” hundreds of thousands of people in Tibet into military-style training centers. And the Chinese government views Taiwan as a separatist province that will eventually become part of the country again, while many Taiwanese disagree.
Now, a modder known as KingKrouch has stepped in. His modification restores the original record in the Guilty Gear glossary, including mention of Uyghur, Tibet, and Taiwan.
The mod “GG-World Log 311 Decensor” is “for those who pre-ordered the game and already played enough that they cannot refund it to protest against corporations that support human rights violations and colonization that the People’s Republic of China has been doing. “KingKrouch wrote in the accompanying text.