Taiwanese game developer Red Candle Games is now writing via Twitter that they have once again started selling their controversial horror game Devotion DRM-free via their own online store. Something that was first noticed by The Verge.
Devotion was originally released on Steam in February 2019 but was removed shortly after it was noticed that the game contained a poster that read, roughly, “Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s appearance has been compared several times to Winnie the Pooh and images and texts addressing this have begun to be censored by Chinese authorities. The poster sparked a controversy that prompted several Steam users to leave negative reviews about the game. Devotion was otherwise well received by players and critics.
Red Candle Games said at the time that they removed the game for technical and quality-related reasons, and that they would review the material again so as to see so nothing improperly came along.
Devotion would then be released on GOG before the game store withdrew from the agreement in December 2020. At the time, they wrote that “after many messages from players, we have decided not to list the game in our store”
Neither Steam nor GOG currently sells Devotion, but the game is only available via Red Candle Games’ own online store. It is unclear whether the poster that started the controversy is still in the game.