Hours after saying it will convey controversial horror sport Devotion to its platform, CD Projekt Crimson’s digital storefront GOG has reneged on its launch plans. The corporate’s social media account claims that “after receiving many messages from gamers, we have decided not to list the game in our store.”
Devotion has been on the heart of a censorship controversy since launch final 12 months, after gamers discovered in-game content material that referred to Xi Jinping, the president of China, as a “Winnie-the-Pooh moron.” The Chinese language chief is notoriously sensitive to the cartoon bear, to which memers have repeatedly in contrast him; the film Christopher Robin didn’t get a Chinese language launch. Mentions of comic John Oliver have been outright censored on social media after a phase that talked about the Winnie the Pooh comparisons. Gamers review-bombed the sport, and the developer pulled it from Steam shortly after.
On the time, Taiwanese developer Crimson Candle Video games issued a number of apologies, first claiming that they’d pulled the sport because of a QA check, and that the artwork’s inclusion was a mistake. The developer later addressed the artwork in query extra completely. “We failed our players’ anticipation and offended many others due to the said mistake,” Crimson Candle Video games wrote on Steam. “For that, we feel awfully sorry and devastated … Red Candle Games take full responsibility and bear all the condemns. We sincerely hope that this end with Red Candle, and that please do not take it out on all the innocent partners.”
Within the months following, Devotion struggled to discover a new house. In a statement printed by The Verge’s sister website Polygon, Crimson Candle Video games stated that “in the aftermath of the incident, some still possess different speculations about Devotion. As regretful as the incident was, we have to bear its full consequence. We hope for a second chance in the near future. A chance to prove that, both Red Candle and its partner simply wanted to create a great game and no one wished for such incident to occur.”
It’s been a busy information cycle for CD Projekt Crimson — higher often known as a developer than for its PC storefront — over the previous week. The studio’s extremely anticipated launch Cyberpunk 2077 has been plagued with technical issues and calls for for refunds. In the meantime, GOG is infamous for posting insensitive material on social media, consistent with CD Projekt Crimson’s behavior of interesting to an edgy fan base.
Crimson Candle Video games’ announcement that Devotion would lastly discover a house on GOG, nonetheless, has been short-lived. We’ve reached out to GOG for remark and can replace accordingly.