Devotion’s Studio Provides An Update on the Status of the Controversial Game
First-person horror game Devotion isn’t planned to be re-released “in the near term”, according to a Monday statement from the game’s studio, Red Candle. The game was pulled from Steam earlier this year due to backlash it received after an in-game jab at China’s president, Xi Jinping, was discovered.
“For the past four months, the art asset incident related to ‘Devotion’ has caused immeasurable harm to Red Candle Games and our partner,” the studio’s statement read. “We would like to offer our most sincere apology to all impacted teams and personnel. Red Candle and its partner are assuming all responsibilities for the losses; we will not stop in our endeavor to prevent the damage from worsening.”
“This incident has significantly and adversely impacted all parties,” the statement continued. “Our partner has been making every effort to assist Red Candle. While mediation is still in progress, Red Candle’s co-founders have reached a unanimous decision to not re-release ‘Devotion’ in the near term, including but not limited to obtaining profit from sales, revision, IP authorization, etc. to prevent unnecessary misconception.”
In another part of the statement, Red Candle said that it would “reconsider” its decision to not re-release the game if “the public would be willing to view this game rationally and allow us the opportunity to rebuild trust with our players”.
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