Devotion, Taiwan-based RedCandleGames’s newest horror title after the cult hit Detention, has been removed from Steam following a highly politicised phase of review bombing from Chinese gamers.
Devotion received a fair share of praise upon release, but its review score on Steam plummeted after anti-Xi Jinping sentiment was found in-game. The material compared Jinping to Winnie the Pooh, whose image has been banned in China following its status as an anti-China symbol on the internet.
Following the torrent of negative reviews, RedCandleGames produced a statement, which did not leave its Chinese audience satisfied:
“When making the prototype, the team often referred to the then known internet slang as placeholder. However, due to the version synchronizing problem, not all of the placeholders were deleted properly.”
Now, the title has been removed from Steam without comment. Devotion‘s removal has re-sparked concerns and arguments regarding Eastern censorship in Western games. No matter where players may lie on the fence, to see promising titles squashed like this is a real shame.