LuoBu, also known as Roblox China, is a mainland China's release of Roblox (罗布乐思, Luóbùlèsī; officially shortened to LuoBu). LuoBu was released for Android and iOS devices, along with the official release of the Nezha Obby Event. A Chinese version of Roblox Studio was downloadable prior to LuoBu.
According to Roblox's Chinese website, the release of the platform will focus heavily on collaborations with schools and educators, and it is touted as a potential educational tool for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
As of December 9th, 2021 LouBu has shutdown and many of the accounts that registered to it have been terminated on July 18th, 2022.
Why It Was Unimaginative
Note: Most of these problems were mainly caused by Chinese video game censorship policy.
- Chinese Roblox guidelines are somewhat ironic and strict. Here are the examples:
- Zombies, corpses, skeletons or other scary avatars and avatars that symbolizes money are banned.
- They have banned cards for instance that "depict gambling".
- You cannot choose your own username, instead, you will get a randomly generated username formatted as "Robloxian" followed by nine random numbers and lowercase letters.
- You can only play a limited amount of games.
- In addition, racing games are banned, this is most likely because cars can crash on certain obstacles, because of this, the developers thought it would increase car crashes in real life, even though in reality, it would not.
- When you buy robux, it costs more than it is actually worth. You can buy 10 robux for 6 CNY (0,94 USD) while 10 robux costs 0,13 USD for IAP.
- Robux is unable to be spent in the Avatar Shop. As such, robux can only be used to purchase Game Passes and Developer Products, meaning that you can't customize your avatar and look unique.
- There's no limited items at the Avatar Shop, though this reduces children from overspending.
- Chinese Roblox DevForum has less features than the International Roblox DevForum. This is because of the stricter chinese law.
- When you fall from great heights, instead of falling normally, you would instead get a parachute, and fall slower. This is because the developers thought children could imitate what the Roblox character did, and end up dying, however, the odds of a child doing so is extremely unlikely.
- When you die, instead of breaking into pieces, like you would in international Roblox, you would instead disappear. Even though children are highly unlikely to be scared by this, the developers still decided to do this anyway.
- Around July 21st 2021, non-LuoBu users that had logged into LuoBu QQ Studio ("LuoBu Editor") within a few weeks before had their accounts converted to "hybrid" Roblox-LuoBu accounts. This voided all of their robux, disabled adding friends, and prevented them from joining groups.
- On July 22nd 2021, Roblox blocked all non-China IPs from logging into LuoBu or LuoBu QQ Studio, preventing any further accounts from being affected. A few weeks later, all affected accounts were reverted back into normal accounts and their robux restored. While Roblox never made a statement on this matter; santababy, the staff of the LuoBu Devforum made an announcement presumably related to the incident.
- Due to the failure of LuoBu, it shutdown only 1 year later. Meaning players from China can no longer play it.