Players interested in Devotion, a horror title from Red Candle Games, can now be purchased directly from the studio – DRM-free – for $ 17. or together with some of its more complete editions, which include a soundtrack. The Taiwanese study thus ends a controversy that has lasted two years, since they only premiered a few days on Steam to be removed for including political messages against the Chinese communist government. “As we reflect on the situation, we note that many players, industry friends and the media are beginning to understand that the incident was a project management malfunction, not a deliberate act,” the studio said.
Something similar happened with the GOG store, which canceled its launch due to pressure: “After receiving many messages from the players, we have decided not to include the game in our store“GOG communicated in a Twitter message. The Taiwanese company published a brief statement later on their social network profile in which they let it fall that they learned of the platform’s decision through the tweet, but that” they are willing to understand and respect “said positioning and try new ways to reach the players -among which was a limited physical edition-.
Criticized for comparing Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh
The problem Devotion, a horror game in the first person, arises from a reference to the president of China, Xi Jinpin, compared by his detractors to the character Winnie the Pooh. In the game an image of this character appears next to the word “moron” – idiotic, idiot – in a way that many Chinese players interpreted as a veiled criticism of the government. This led to a barrage of poor ratings and the publisher losing publishing rights.
After the incident, Harvard University se commissioned to preserve this title as part of his East Asian collection. “This is an incredible honor that belongs not only to Red Candle, but also to our fans and players around the world. We want to send a special thank you to the invitation from the Harvard-Yenching Library and the assistance of James Cheng, Prof. David Der-wei Wang, Xiao-he Ma and Yedong Chen for making it possible, “said the developer.