New Call of Duty Trailer Featuring Soviet Defector & Tiananmen Square Banned In China

Critically-Acclaimed video game franchise Call of Duty has landed in hot water over the new trailer for the latest game, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. The trailer for the game has been banned in China over the infamous image of a man standing in front of Chinese tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 being featured(the trailer only features these images for 1 second). Many online have also shared their disapproval for the new game due to the trailer featuring soviet defector Yuri Bezenov who called out the Soviet Union for attempting to destroy the US from within through propaganda. More from VICE:

The official two-minute teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated worldwide release of Activision’s critically-acclaimed first-person shooter game Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War has been banned in China.

California-based gaming giant Activision says that the latest installment of its popular gaming series was “inspired by actual events.”

The trailer features real-life historical documentary footage, including that of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. China has never released an official death toll for the pro-democracy clashes, though it is estimated that several hundred to thousands of people were killed.

China has kept negative press about itself out of the eyes of its own people and when its historical failures are shown in western media that media is not allowed in the country. This is the way the country has operated in the 21st century and it shows no signs of changing. Tensions remain high between the US and China as US regulators threaten to ban Chinese platforms such as WeChat and Tik Tok, publisher Activision dropping this trailer amidst these tensions is likely to get the game itself banned in China.