The unhappy saga of Devotion continues. The psychological horror recreation by Taiwanese developer Purple Candle Video games launched on Steam in February 2019 to rave critiques solely to be delisted simply days later after an in-game meme mocking the Chinese language authorities drew the ire of gamers in that nation. Horror followers have spent the final yr hoping and begging for the sport to return, and their prayers have been seemingly answered this morning when Devotion was introduced to be returning to sale. Sadly, the excessive was quick lived because the storefront in query, GOG, has cancelled the sport’s re-release.
Purple Candles introduced on Twitter early this morning that Devotion would go on sale once more (with all unique content material intact), by way of GOG on December 18.
Hours later, GOG posted an announcement saying that after receiving “many messages from avid gamers” it won’t, actually, be re-selling Devotion. The storefront has not clarified what precisely these messages are however the information has left a legion of gamers understandably upset, with many accusing GOG of bending to the whim of the Chinese language authorities.
Earlier at present, it was introduced that the sport Devotion is coming to GOG. After receiving many messages from avid gamers, we’ve determined to not record the sport in our retailer.
— GOG.COM (@GOGcom) December 16, 2020
Devotion is the follow-up to Purple Candles’ earlier horror recreation, Detention. The primary-person title acquired reward for its atmospheric and downright creepy method to storytelling. Sadly, days after its launch Chinese language gamers turned upset once they found a Winne the Pooh meme criticizing Chinese language president Xi Jinping (imagery that’s banned in China). Devotion was shortly delisted, and Purple Candle Video games later had its business license revoked in China.
This story continues to be a weird one nevertheless it appears to be like like horror followers are as soon as once more out of luck. We’ll see if Devotion can discover a dwelling elsewhere, nevertheless it’s unlucky to kick off the day with such a disappointing (and annoying) false alarm.