There's no plans to re-release Devotion any time soon

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Published by FileTrekker 1 month ago , last updated 1 month ago

The developers of the controversy -marred Devotion, Red Candle Games, have announced that they have no plans to re-release the game, at least in the "near-term".

The game was pulled shortly after release as many felt it contained a disrespectful reference to Xi Jinping, the Chinese president. The game contained assets that appeared to depict the president as Winnie the Pooh, which caused outrage among Chinese players and resulted in a review-bombing campaign as a result.

The company have now explained that the damage of this move has had major repercussions. Speaking in an open letter, the company admit full responsibility, and state that the company has suffered "immeasurable harm" as a result, which has resulted in it's publishing company, Indieevent, having it's business license revoked by the Shanghai government.

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. We want to apologize to the players for the wait. We are truly sorry, but please understand our decision.

This isn't to say it's never going to be re-released, but given the difficulties currently faced, it seems unlikely it'll be any time soon. The company have stated this will be as much down to player attitude as well as political reasons, stating "If, in the future, the public would be willing to view this game rationally and allow us the opportunity to rebuild trust with our players, Red Candle would reconsider re-releasing 'Devotion'"


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