Gambling, Blood, and Sex References Cut from Rainbow 6 Siege for China
China currently has a freeze on approvals for all new video game sales. When approvals for sales resume, Ubisoft wants to be among the first publishers to launch a game in the lucrative market. Ubisoft is preparing a version of Rainbow Six Siege that cuts out all references to gambling, blood, and sex.
Like the considerations the film industry has taken to meet approval in conservative Chinese and South East Asian markets, publishers are adapting their video games for the region. It requires a broad spectrum of “immoral" content to be scrubbed from games to appease the critical eye of censors.
In the case of Rainbow Six Siege, the changes require subtle yet extensive editing of imagery throughout the game. Skull logos are fitted with sunglasses and facemasks, slot machines disappear from a bar, and a neon sign in the shape of a naked woman is replaced with the form of a feminine hand pointing a finger.
Though it is impossible to completely clean up the game, the Chinese version will be devoid of gratuitous blood, references to death or images of skulls; drugs, and all forms of gambling. Ubisoft detailed the changes in a recent blog post.
The publisher opted to make edits rather than erect a new build of the game for the region. According to Ubisoft, this allows them to cut down on the amount of work in development and enables them to react more quickly to issues in the game. The result could mean censored releases in the United States and other Western markets.