CD Projekt Red Won't Release Devotion On GOG, Cites Messages From "Gamers"
The game was removed from Steam back in 2019 following controversy regarding a piece of art.
Update: Just a short time after Red Candle Games announced Devotion would be released on GOG, the store's official Twitter account said it had decided not to sell the game, after all. This was in response to "many messages from gamers," according to the post. It didn't specify exactly what those messages were or why messages would cause a planned release to be canceled in a matter of hours. This likely isn't the end of this story.
Earlier today, it was announced that the game Devotion is coming to GOG. After receiving many messages from gamers, we have decided not to list the game in our store.— GOG.COM (@GOGcom) December 16, 2020
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Last year, the horror game Devotion was removed from Steam after it was discovered that a piece of art in the game appeared to mock Chinese president Xi Jinping. As the game was developed by the Taiwanese developer Red Candle Games, this drew significant controversy, with the game eventually getting pulled from Steam in all regions--despite the outrage primarily occurring in mainland China. Now, it is finally returning via GOG for anyone who didn't have the chance to play it before.
Hello friends, we want to share with you– Red Candle will publish #還願Devotion on Dec 18 on GOG.https://t.co/dlC6qzBiHx— redcandlegames (@redcandlegames) December 16, 2020
The content and the price of the re-release remains the same, for $16.99 / €13.99
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In a post on Twitter, Red Candle Games shared that Devotion would release through GOG on December 18 for $17, which is what the game initially went for on Steam. Red Candle didn't make mention of a Steam version if it ever does plan to have the game to return to that platform.
It's not for the faint of heart, with some truly disturbing imagery just in the brief teaser trailer involving a doll and flickering lights in a spooky hallway. Nothing bad ever happens in spooky hallways.
Devotion certainly got compared to other first-person horror games like Amnesia and the also-removed P.T. prior to its Steam removal, and at about three hours from start to finish, you don't have to make a huge time investment to see if those comparisons are accurate.
Prior to getting pulled from Steam last year, Devotion had received very positive reviews from critics. In GameSpot's Devotion review, Richard Wakeling praised the apartment setting, story, and "understated psychological horror," awarding the game a 9/10.
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