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Devotion is finally available to buy after two years in limbo

A room in Devotion.
(Image credit: Red Candle Games)
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Released in February 2019 to universal praise, Taiwanese horror Devotion (opens in new tab) only spent a matter of days on Steam before it was removed due to a controversial depiction (opens in new tab) of Chinese president Xi Jinping. Since then it's had a super limited physical release (opens in new tab) unavailable outside Taiwan, and GOG almost released it last year but then didn't, due to receiving "many messages from gamers."

The good news is that the game is now available digitally, direct from studio Red Candle Games. Devotion is available for $17 for both Windows and Mac, or you can add the soundtrack for a total of $20.68. The studio's previous horror Detention is also available on the site (opens in new tab), and it's all DRM-free.

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The site currently seems a bit glitchy for those outside of the US—I'm based in Australia and am getting a 404 error when clicking through to purchase, but some users on Resetera (opens in new tab) have been able to purchase the game.

If you haven't followed the story, Devotion was review-bombed by Chinese players shortly after release due to an unfavourable reference to China's president. Xi Jinping is often compared mockingly to Winnie the Pooh, and the game featured an image of that character with the word 'moron' in a manner that many considered a fairly unambiguous slight. Not long after the game disappeared, Red Candle's Chinese publisher had its business license revoked (opens in new tab).

It's brilliant to see the game available: hopefully it'll stick around.

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.