Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has been incredibly enthusiastic when it comes to bringing games to his vehicles, and now he partnered with the Chinese publishing giant Tencent in developing two new video games for their Tesla customers there.
Interestingly, they're not the sort of titles we've been seeing mister Musk go for in these past few months. We're talking about two poker games and a Mahjong one, all of which are expected to launch in early 2020. Which is where things get a bit complicated.
Namely, poker has been banned in China by the State Administration of Press and Publications, and this goes for live and online versions.
This is the same regulatory body whose suspicions of video games causing myopia halted the process of publishing new games, and tightened the parental controls in the existing ones.
We're not sure whether the regulations include the specifics of having a game as a part of your vehicle, but it technically is offline poker, so we'll leave that to the relevant authorities to address.
What we can say with certainty, however, is that Musk's interest in bringing games to Teslas is quite interesting to see. His selection process on the Western editions of his cars has been impeccable, although he simply had to have some help there.
I mean, if you played Studio MDHR's masochistically brutal platformer Cuphead, you'd know that certain levels require getting a divorce and feigning death, so you can focus on achievements. Kidding of course, but you get the picture.
Teslas recently got yet another delicacy in ConcernedApe's lovely sim Stardew Valley, which we somehow feel will seriously increase dwell time in Tesla cars.