SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26 ― Explorative horror game Devotion has been hailed for its storytelling technique but slated by Chinese-language user reviews after a piece of in-game art was not replaced prior to release.
Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games revisited the 1980s ― a time of political upheaval for the newly independent country, and one that informed its debut, Detention ― in atmospheric horror Devotion, a February 19 release that became one of the week's bestsellers on dominant digital retail site Steam.
Players become the father of a family of three, walking around an apparently deserted apartment through various haunted transformations.
A sizable portion of Steam's user reviewers hailed the chilling game for its powerfully unsettling atmosphere, broad emotional range, accuracy of historical cultural motifs, and innovative extension of first-person perspective horror conventions.
Unfortunately, as Red Candle tells it, some of the game's placeholder art contained “internet slang”; the material appeared to mock China's head of state, comparing him to AA Milne's fictional ursine character ― one whose mention had already been banned in China, for related reasons, by the time Disney family movie “Christopher Robin” was released in 2018.
Though Devotion initially received a very positive 95% rating from Steam users, said art was not replaced by the time of release, leading to a slew of negative Chinese-language ratings after its discovery.
Red Candle subsequently amended the placeholder art and issued a sequence of apologies and explanations; users who do not receive game files through Steam's copy-protection mechanism would not receive the update automatically.
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