— redcandlegames (@redcandlegames) December 17, 2020
Currently, there is no planned release for the horror game, which caused controversy among Chinese players for an apparent joke at the expense of Chinese president Xi Jinping.
GOG and parent company CD Projekt have not responded to IGN’s request for comment since yesterday’s decision to announce and then pull the game.
Update: GOG has now said that it will not list Devotion after “receiving many messages from gamers”.
GOG announced the news in a tweet, and has already pulled the game’s new store page. No further explanation has been given at time of writing.
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
With hundreds of replies already, reactions to the announcement tweet (above) have been broadly negative, with many assuming that GOG is bowing to political pressure, given the alleged Chinese government reaction that saw Devotion delisted from Steam last year.
It marks another controversial moment in a turbulent week for GOG owner CD Projekt, which has also been scrambling to explain an increasingly difficult launch for Cyberpunk 2077.
Cult horror game Devotion will be re-released on PC later this month via the GOG distribution platform, after being delisted in February 2019.
Developer Red Candle Games revealed the news on Twitter. The tweet notes that all of the game’s content will remain the same, as will the price. Devotion will cost $16.99/€13.99 when it launches on December 18 on GOG.
The content and the price of the re-release remains the same, for $16.99 / €13.99
Thank you for your trust and support. We wish you a happy end of the year pic.twitter.com/peVPd7cyVo
— redcandlegames (@redcandlegames) December 16, 2020
It’s suggested that the game may have been originally delisted in February 2019 due to controversy surrounding the inclusion of a poster that contained the phrase “Xi Jinping Winnie-the-Pooh moron,” referencing Chinese President Xi Jinping, and censored memes that compare him to the Disney character.
The Taiwanese developer issued a statement in July of 2019 apologizing for the asset’s inclusion, noting that it would not be re-releasing the game “in the near term.”We reviewed Devotion upon its original launch in 2019, scoring it an 8.2 and calling it an “excellent psychological horror game full of surreal imagery.”
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.