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Controversial Game Devotion Announced For Re-release, Then Unreleased Again

I just wanna play the bloody thing, man

UPDATE 17/12/20: Red Candle Games has since issued a statement via Twitter:

The original article can be seen below. If you want to support Red Candle, consider giving their 2017 title Detention a try! It’s a great horror game set during Taiwan’s often-overlooked period of martial law.

The re-release of 2019’s Taiwanese horror game Devotion has been cancelled, mere hours after its announcement.

Devotion was pulled from Steam by Developer Red Candle Games last year, after an in-game asset comparing Chinese president Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh – a meme that is illegal in China – was discovered. Chinese Steam users (or paid troll soldiers) review-bombed the game in outrage, leading to the game losing both of its publishers – one of which later had its business license in China revoked. As well as removing the game from Steam, Red Candle issued an apology in the immediate aftermath, citing the offending material as an asset put into the game by a single employee without the studio’s knowledge.

Red Candle had announced via Twitter today that Devotion would finally have another platform, allowing it to become available again after its last (physical) release, in CD Projekt’s GOG:

Four hours and eleven minutes later, however, GOG retracted the announcement, citing “many messages from gamers” as the reason for the reversal:

While it’s remains unclear as to who’s actually to blame this time, it’s disappointing that a game so highly regarded should be disallowed from global sale due to the whims of one country’s market. But unfortunately, we live in a world where profit beats players, and despite a recent dip in activity the Chinese video game market remains a highly profitable one indeed.

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Aza blames his stunted social skills and general uselessness on a lifetime of video games. Between his ears is a comprehensive Team Fortress 2 encyclopedia. His brain, on the other hand, remains at large.

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