Red Candle Games has removed its game, Devotion, from Steam. The removal occurs after a weekend of bad PR for Devotion, which saw heavy review bombing after being caught in controversy.
According to PC Gamer, Devotion launched to positive reviews. However, the Taiwanese first-person horror game came under fire when a piece of in-game art that seems to mock Chinese president Xi Jinping was discovered. The art compares the president to Winnie the Pooh, a comparison the Chinese government frequently objects to. Red Candle Games issued an initial apology-which implied the image was simply a placeholder-but after Devotion came under heavy review bombing, the developer followed up with a longer, more comprehensive apology.
«When the art material was made, each teammate was busy working on one’s own tasks while chasing the deadline,» Red Candle Games wrote in the second apology. «None of the other colleagues were aware of this. It was until we received a private report made by a player on February 21 that we realized what was exactly written on that art material. Upon learning of this, we immediately replaced the art material within an hour.»
«We would also like to take this opportunity to reaffirm that Devotion’s publisher Indievent and Winking Entertainment did not know about the art material beforehand and were not involved in this incident at all,» the developer continued. «Currently our partnership has terminated.» Red Candle Games ended the apology with the announcement that Devotion is now removed from Steam China. However, as of writing this article, the game is gone from Steam entirely. Every trailer for the game has been removed from Red Candle Games’ YouTube channel as well.
Devotion is Red Candle’s second game, which follows the developer’s horror title, Detention. Both games borrow elements of Taiwanese and Chinese religion and mythology to create terrifying experiences that also critique elements of both countries’ cultures. In Devotion, you explore an abandoned apartment complex in Taiwan during the 1980s, only to discover a religious family that lived there suffered some spooky, cult-like events.
Red Candle Games hasn’t yet announced whether Devotion will return to Steam. The game was only available on PC exclusively through Steam so you can no longer buy it.