Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong democracy activist, recently posted an image on Twitter that he captured directly from Animal Crossing: New Horizons that shows an in-game protest. It reads ‘Free Hong Kong – Revolution Now’. Reuters is now reporting that since the picture was uploaded, sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch have been suspended; search results on grey market e-commerce platforms such as Pinduoduo have been removed.
Players in the territory can still access the game online and the title can still be purchased on the eShop if the digital store is accessed on an imported console. At the time of writing, it’s not clear whether the game being delisted is a directive from China’s content regulator or a voluntary act by politically sensitive e-commerce platforms.