To help you understand its complicated story that spans the world, Guilty Gear Strive includes an extensive glossary in the game. But late last month, players discovered that an entry had been modified to remove references to less fantastic elements in Chinese history.
Arriving shortly after launch, patch 1.03 it was largely unremarkable. But users are enabled ResetEra (via Eurogamer) have since seen an unmentioned change in the update, reformulating two sentences on a tradition entry on "International Affairs after the Crusades" to remove references to countries such as Taiwan, Tibet and the United States. uigur.
The first amended sentence omitted the mention of Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, which originally said: "Countries that had a high population density and tended to import their food, such as Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, could not solve the problems of your nation only with the availability of energy. "
The second mention resembles names of specific regions as follows: "China has expanded its borders to include Uygher, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia and Siberia, regions with lower populations but with many natural resources."
At the time of writing, neither Bandai Namco nor Arc System Works have explained the change (Eurogamer notes that it was unable to get a response from either, and I have since sent my own request for comment). But, directly or indirectly, there is a strong suggestion that these changes were made to ensure acceptance of the game in China, a country with strict regulations about publishing games.
Other countries, such as Australia and China itself, retain their names on the copy. But considering accusations of genocide against the Uyghur people, according to reports from massive labor camps in Tibet i rising tensions between China and Taiwan, Bandai Namco may be choosing to play it safe.
Games developed in China like Genshin Impact already filter the mentions of regions like Hong Kong or Taiwan. But pressure to gain access to China's massive gaming market has also put pressure on international developers, whether Blizzard bans a Hearthstone professional for protest comments or Taiwanese indie horror devotion spend two years off Steam