CD Projekt under fire for dramatic U-turn on Devotion GOG release

Red Candle Games has issued a statement in response to CD Projekt’s decision not to release Devotion on GOG.com.

In a tweet, the developer said “we are willing to understand and respect GOG’s decision”, adding: “This is a difficult predicament to overcome, but we won’t stop striving.”

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CD Projekt has come under fire for reversing the decision to release horror game Devotion on GOG.com.

Devotion’s developer, Red Candle Games, tweeted earlier today to announce its game would come out on GOG on 18th December, with a link to a store page that has now been pulled.

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Devotion is considered one of the finest horror games of the past decade, but it has proved a controversial one. Following its release in the spring of 2019, Devotion was found to contain an unflattering reference to China’s president, Xi Jinping. The discovery sparked an outcry among Chinese players, leading to the withdrawal of Chinese distributors, the closure of Red Candle’s account on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms, and the removal of the game from Steam in China.

Red Candle, which is based in Taiwan, has apologised at length for what it says was a placeholder asset, accidentally transferred to the final release. These comments were not enough to stem the backlash, however, and a week after sale, the developer pulled the game from Steam in all territories to perform unspecified fixes. It never returned.

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In its tweet announcing the dramatic change of heart, GOG said: “After receiving many messages from gamers, we have decided not to list the game in our store.”

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Eurogamer has asked GOG for an explanation. We’ve also asked Red Candle for a statement.

Already, CD Projekt is suffering a backlash to the move, with many suggesting the company is trying desperately to avoid outrage in China.

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It’s the latest controversial decision from CD Projekt, which has already seen the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 prove to be one of the most controversial blockbuster releases of all time.