Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer gets banned in China, releases “cleaned” version


The first trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War just got banned in China shortly after its release, after featuring a few seconds of footage lifted from the Tiananmen Square incident.

The purportedly offensive scenes can be found around the 1:05 mark (video above), which can still be viewed in other gaming channels like IGN. Though only visible for a couple of seconds, it was still enough for China to take swift action on the crackdown against the pro-democracy protests in 1989.

In response to the ban, Call of Duty channel released a “cleaned” and shorter trailer (seen below) with the Tiananmen Square scenes removed. The original 2-minute video, first released on August 19, was set to private (and subsequently deleted) in the Call of Duty, and the Xbox YouTube pages after its ban took effect.

While the rest of the world failed to notice the switch, Hong Kong news sites like Apple Daily and South China Morning Post reported that China was quick to notice the 2-second scene, which already begun generating buzz among Chinese netizens as well.

The scene shown in the Cold War trailer

This is not the first time Call of Duty has been on the iron sights of China. Black Ops 2 was previously banned in 2018 from Chinese internet cafes because the game depicted scenes of bombing a Chinese city.