Red Candles announced on Twitter early this morning that Devotion would go on sale again (with all original content intact), through GOG on December 18.
Hours later, GOG posted a statement saying that after receiving “many messages from gamers” it will not, in fact, be re-selling Devotion. The storefront has not clarified what exactly those messages are but the news has left a legion of players understandably upset, with many accusing GOG of bending to the whim of the Chinese government.
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
Devotion is the follow-up to Red Candles’ previous horror game, Detention. The first-person title received praise for its atmospheric and downright creepy approach to storytelling. Unfortunately, days after its release Chinese players became upset when they discovered a Winne the Pooh meme criticizing Chinese president Xi Jinping (imagery that is banned in China). Devotion was quickly delisted, and Red Candle Games later had its business license revoked in China.
This story continues to be a bizarre one but it looks like horror fans are once again out of luck. We’ll see if Devotion can find a home elsewhere, but it’s unfortunate to kick off the day with such a disappointing (and annoying) false alarm.