The creators of Cyberpunk 2077, and owners of GOG.com, have reversed plans to publish Taiwanese game Devotion, and their excuse is terrible.
Cyberpunk 2077 publisher and developer CD Projekt really can’t catch a break this month and, as with the bug-ridden Cyberpunk, it’s hard to feel much sympathy for them after their latest PR disaster.
Earlier in the day Taiwanese developer Red Candle Games announced that critically acclaimed survival horror Devotion would be added to GOG.com, after previously being removed from Steam when the game caused a diplomatic incident involving a meme comparing Chinese president Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.
Although Red Candle were ostensibly the ones that removed the game from Steam it was already being review-bombed by Chinese gamers and has never been available again in the West – so it’s appearance on GOG.com was warmly welcomed by horror fans.
The problem is that later in the day CD Projekt made an announcement of their own, stating that the game will not be released on GOG.com after all.
The absurdly unconvincing excuse for this was that they made the decision, ‘after receiving many messages from gamers.’
Many on social media have taken this to mean that CD Projekt have come under pressure from Chinese gamers and wanted to make sure that GOG.com wasn’t banned in China, which is something they maybe should have thought of before initially giving Red Candle the go ahead.
Forward thinking doesn’t seem to have been the company’s forte lately though, and this is the very last thing that CD Projekt needed after all the controversy over Cyberpunk 2077.
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