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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer edited to remove footage of Tiananmen Square

Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War Teaser
Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War Teaser (Image credit: Activision (screenshot))

Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War Teaser

Source: Activision (screenshot) (Image credit: Source: Activision (screenshot))

What you need to know

  • The first trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War had very brief footage of the Tiananmen Square protests.
  • This trailer has been removed and a shorter trailer uploaded in its place.
  • The shot of Tiananmen Square has been removed in the new trailer.

While Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was announced with an ominous teaser warning players to "know your history," said history is already being altered.

As spotted by Kotaku, Activision removed the original teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, replacing it with a trailer that no longer features footage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre.

An exact death toll is not known but it is estimated that anywhere from hundreds to thousands died when the Communist government cracked down on student protestors in Beijing. According to Amnesty International, the Chinese government has never acknowledged the events surrounding the massacre.

This trailer being removed in China would not be surprising, given how the CCP government does not approve of footage from the event being shown, but it's certainly disheartening that Activision has removed it worldwide. It's not surprising though, given how people from the company previously took action against a Hearthstone champion who spoke out against police brutality in Hong Kong.

There's also the fact that Chinese megaconglomerate Tencent is an investor in Activision-Blizzard, holding around 5% of the company's stock. The edited trailer can be seen in the video below:

Meanwhile, you can see the original trailer, which is around a minute longer, via IGN below:

Black Ops Cold War is hinting at a politically-charged thriller campaign, so we'll have to wait to see if any other future trailers get edited as well. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is being fully unveiled Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. PT.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

7 Comments
  • Thank you for posting this article and the original via IGN. I would not have known about this CCP capitulation otherwise.
  • Gee, I wonder what happened.
  • It's sickening seeing all of these companies follow Chinese censorship. Especially in countries other than China. It just shows that they have more control than they ever should.
  • So China demanded they censor the game worldwide and Activision capitulated. Unbelievable, what a bunch of shriveling cowards. Sometimes cancel culture is required. This company should not be supported.
  • Lol like that would ever happen
  • I fail to see why people were so up in arms about us normalizing our relationship with Cuba, yet they are perfectly fine with us working with the largest and most oppressive nation since the Soviet Union. The so called "People's Republic of China" is a disgrace to humanity and should have been cut off completely until they capitulated and restored the true government of the Republic of China (now known as Taiwan). Seeing American companies kowtow globally so they don't offend the CCP is shameful. We purport to be the land of the free! We should be exporting a culture of defiant liberty, not profit seeking at the expense of it.
  • that's so funny CCP tries to make it like this history didn't even happen.
    it would be like US trying to erase all reporting of former slavery so that you can't even find it on the internet that it happened