GOG won’t sell horror game banned in China after “many messages from gamers”

December 16, 2020 Devotion is no longer coming to GOG.

Huh, it turns out GOG isn’t going to be selling Taiwanese horror game Devotion after all. Developer Red Candle Games tweeted earlier today that the game would come to CD Projekt Red’s storefront on December 18, but that is no longer the case. GOG tweets that “after receiving many messages from gamers”, it has “decided not to list the game in [its] store”.

Devotion was initially released on Steam back in February of last year but was shortly pulled from Valve’s platform after players discovered a reference to China’s president Xi Jinping in the form of a Winnie the Pooh meme. As a result of the following outcry from Chinese players, the game’s publisher in that region had its business license revoked by the Chinese government. Red Candle Games issued an apology, and explained that the reference was left in the game in error before removing it from Steam.

Devotion is a first-person horror fest that’s inspired by East Asian folk culture. You step into an ’80s apartment to slowly pick apart how a happy family came undone. You piece things together by visiting the apartment during different periods of their time there. Devotion explores several different psychological aspects, from the pressure that stems from cultural expectations, to the influence of religion.

The horror game released to critical praise when it initially came out. We found the way it plays on your commitment to family to be similar to another indie game called Gone Home.

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If you’re looking for more new PC games to play over your Christmas break, you know where to click.