Acclaimed Horror Game, Devotion, Removed From Steam Amidst Winnie The Pooh Controversy

Chinese Users Review Bomb 'Devotion' Horror Game Over Winnie the Pooh Meme

Chinese Users Review Bomb 'Devotion' Horror Game Over Winnie the Pooh Meme

A new horror game on Steam called Devotion has proven to be a hit since it released a few days ago, but it's already been review bombed due to a Winnie the Pooh meme which referenced Chinese president Xi Jinping.

According to PC Gamer, Devotion launched to positive reviews.

Red Candle Games has deleted the images from the game.

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They also made clear that Devotion is about the harm of others under the name of religion, and the controversial material only appeared in the game because it was accidentally overlooked, and Red Candle Games takes responsibility for the mistake as a team for letting down the trust of many. It is not Red Candle's vision to secretly project extensive ideology, nor is it to attack any person in the real world. It was until we received a private report made by a player on February 21 that we realized what was exactly written on that art material. Every trailer for the game has been removed from Red Candle Games' YouTube channel as well. The studio's official Weibo account has been shut down (Weibo is a massive Chinese social network, so Red Candles' presence on it is important to its ongoing success) and its relationships with publishers Indievent and Winking Entertainment have been terminated, leaving it exclusively on the hook for refunds and other "relevant loss" to its former partners.

The developer's third statement on its Steam page mentions that information ranging from incorrectly estimated to intentionally falsified has been making the rounds online, and asks players to "shift the focus back to the game's core message" while the studio decides how to move forward.

Worst of all, however, is that the game is very suddenly no longer available for sale on Steam. Red Candle Games says its relationship with its publishers Indievent and Winking Skywalker has been terminated and the studio is on the hook for "relevant loss" based on the terms of their contract.

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