The Battlefield 4 DLC, China Rising, is taking some heat in the editorial page of the Chinese military newspaper Zhongguo Guofangbao, according to the South China Morning Post (as reported by Polygon). The editorial calls the upcoming multiplayer map pack the "latest attack" in an "ongoing culture war" meant to mislead young people by "discrediting China's image abroad and distorting the truth."
The editorial in the military publication goes on to say that "the use of video games... to discredit one country's image in the eyes of other countries is a new form of cultural penetration and aggression" and that the DLC's main villain (a dissenting Chinese general) coupled with a growing "overall strength of the country," will make western audiences see the Chinese as the "common enemy."
"When western countries would make war games in the past, they would settle on Russia if they needed an imaginary enemy," reads the editorial. "But in recent years, with the boosting of China's national strength, China threat theories run rampant, and foreign companies are increasingly keen to put the Sino-US conflict in their games as a gimmick to attract attention."
Ma Zhengang, vice director for the China Public Diplomacy Association, suggested that "in order to deal with western preconceptions of China...[the Chinese] need to rise up, share China's voice...[and] resist video game media that puts China in a bad light."
China Rising is the first piece of downloadable content for Battlefield 4; all future expansions have been put on hold to fix numerous problems that the game has suffered from on various platforms since its launch in November...