Guilty Gear Strive Mod Restores Taiwan References

by in Fighting Game News | Jul, 9th 2021

In the launch of Guilty Gear Strive, there were lore references to Taiwan, Tibert, Uyghur, and other similar regions. These were very quietly, quickly stricken from the game, back in June. The patch notes made no mention of this change, but ArcSysWorks and Bandai Namco removed these, likely to prevent problems in China. There has been no discussion or official explanation, but it can be safely assumed to make sure the game can be bought and played in China. It may have only been two sentences, but they are effectively gone from the game – until now.

We’ve talked about China’s influence before, such as when Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai was punished for calling for the liberation of Hong Kong during a Hearthstone event.

De-Censorship Courtesy of KingKrouch

Where was this censorship of Taiwan and others in Guilty Gear Strive? Log 311 in the GG-World’s Glossary is the point of contention. It’s one log that discusses “International Affairs after the Crusades.” The line in question in the log was: “China has further expanded their borders to encompass Uighur, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, and Siberia — regions with lower populations but many natural resources. The influx of Chinese has caused the indigenous races and tribes’ population to diminish. At the same time, they have increased their own territorial waters.”

After all, China is a huge market, and bowing to potential to the Chinese government seems to be inevitable. After all, content restrictions in China aren’t new, and quite a few games have had to make changes to enter the market at all. If you break China’s rules on what can and cannot exist, your game will never even be sold in the country. For example, Devotion was removed from Steam because a Winnie the Pooh image was mocking the president, Xi Jinping. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was banned in China for being “too subversive,” and Battlefield 4 “picked the wrong villains.” So, Arc System Works likely just wanted to make sure their game could be played in China. While that sounds okay, it also can be construed as a company supporting the many human rights violations rampant in China and the horrors their colonization has caused. We are glad people have decided to decensor this and allow others to view it in the game. You can find the mod here, courtesy of KingKrouch. 

Within the mod details, KingKrouch had this to say: “This mod restores the original Log 311 in GG-World’s glossary, which restores mentions of Uighur, Tibet, Mongolia, and Siberia relating to the Chinese government, which was silently censored in a game patch. For those who pre-ordered the game and already played enough to where they can’t refund it to protest against corporations that support the human rights violations and colonization that the P.R.C has been doing.”

The reaction to the mod on Reddit’s PC Gaming seems to be positive, and that’s a good thing. We hope that the Chinese government doesn’t care about the mod, simply allowing Chinese gamers to play Guilty Gear Strive. It’s unclear if Bandai Namco made this decision as a response from the Chinese government or did it preemptively to make sure there would be no problems. If you’re on PC at least, you can view the lore of Guilty Gear Strive concerning China and Taiwan, the way it was intended to be seen.


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