Replace (12/17/2020): Purple Candle Video games has issued a response to GOG reversing its choice to re-release Devotion. The assertion says that whereas the studio finds the information regretful, it finally respect’s GOG’s choice. After apologizing to followers, the studio goes on to say that “it is a tough predicament to beat, however we cannot cease striving.”.
Authentic Story: The unhappy saga of Devotion continues. The psychological horror sport by Taiwanese developer Purple Candle Video games launched on Steam in February 2019 to rave evaluations solely to be delisted simply days later after an in-game meme mocking the Chinese language authorities drew the ire of gamers and officers in that nation. Horror followers have spent the final 12 months 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 Candle introduced on Twitter early this morning that Devotion would go on sale once more (with all authentic content material intact), by way of GOG on December 18.
Hours later, GOG tweeted a press release saying that after receiving “many messages from avid gamers” it is not going to, the truth is, 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 right now, it was introduced that the sport Devotion is coming to GOG. After receiving many messages from avid gamers, we’ve got 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 sport, Detention. The primary-person title acquired reward for its atmospheric and downright creepy method to storytelling. Sadly, days after its launch Chinese language gamers grew to become upset after they found a Winne the Pooh meme criticizing Chinese language president Xi Jinping (imagery that’s banned in China). Devotion was rapidly delisted, and the sport’s Chinese language publishers, Indievent and Winking Leisure, later had their business licenses revoked.
This story continues to be a weird one but it surely 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, but it surely’s unlucky to kick off the day with such a disappointing (and annoying) false alarm.