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Just a few days before it was due to release, Diablo Immortal (opens in new tab) has been delayed in China. According to a Reuters (opens in new tab) report, word of the delay came shortly after the official Diablo Immortal account on Chinese social network Weibo was suspended.

A reason for the account suspension wasn’t provided, but a Financial Times (opens in new tab) report points the finger at a post that made critical comments about “the bear,” which was apparently interpreted as a reference to Winnie the Pooh. Pooh Bear has for years been used to criticize or mock Chinese president Xi Jinping because of purported physical similarities (opens in new tab) between them, and it’s pretty clearly a sore point for Xi: China banned (opens in new tab) the 2018 release of the Disney film Christopher Robin, and a year later revoked the business license (opens in new tab) of the Chinese publisher of Devotion, a horror game that also contained an image of Pooh. The Weibo account of developer Red Candles (opens in new tab) was also shut down in that case, and the game was ultimately removed from Steam.

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