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Red Candle Games titles added to Harvard-Yenching Library collection

Delisted nearly one year ago today, Devotion from Red Candle Games was taken offline after an incriminating poster was found in the title depicting China’s President Xi Jinping as “Winnie-the-Pooh moron”. While the game has yet to return to sale there will soon be at least one place where you can play it: at Harvard. The developer announced that both Devotion and Detention have been added to the Harvard-Yenching Library’s collection in a statement posted to Facebook on February 21st:

“This February, the Harvard-Yenching Library at Harvard University officially added both of our titles ‘返校 Detention’ and ‘還願 Devotion’ to its collection. It is an incredible honour which belongs to not only Red Candle but also our supporters/players worldwide. Special thank to the invitation from Harvard-Yenching Library and the assistance from James Cheng, Prof. David Der-wei Wang, Xiao-he Ma, and Yedong Chen for making it possible.

Harvard-Yenching Library, formally founded in 1928, is known as the largest Eastern Asian library maintained by any American university. As game designers, never have we thought that our works could one day be added to its prestige collection. While we truly appreciate the recognition, we had also taken this opportunity to rethink the possibilities that our games could achieve.

For the past one year, we are sorry for making our community worried. Although the current status might not be ideal, we are still here and that nothing has changed – we are and will always develop games with the same passion.

Last but not the least, we’d like to express our gratitude toward our partners, friends and families, especially a big thank you to all fans who still believe in Red Candle Games. It’s a tough year for many of us, but we will keep going, and hopefully in the future we could share more works with you all.”

Devotion has yet to be listed among the library’s vast offerings but Detention (which is still available to buy on Steam, Switch, PlayStation 4, and mobile) can be played from a single display in a single room on the library grounds. Hopefully Devotion will soon be at its side making for a unique delisted road trip opportunity.

Delistings happen for a lot of reasons but political dissent is a rare one. Devotion, a new horror game from Taiwanese developer Red Candle Games, was seemingly pulled from Steam on Monday the 25th for a jab at China’s president, Xi Jinping. The artwork at the center of the controversy is a poster that could be found in-game depicting the president as “Xi Jinping Winnie-the-Pooh moron”, according to translations. The president is reportedly averse to comparisons to the dopey bear, going as far as banning Disney’s film Christopher Robin from release in China and establishing a social media crackdown on similar likenesses.

When Devotion was still available on Steam, Red Candle Games first responded by saying that the artwork was a placeholder asset mistakenly left in the game but later admitted that one of their artists created and placed it. In the next follow-up, Red Candle Games explained their situation further and asked that critics not attack their development and publishing partners. In the most current post as of this writing, the studio said that the game was removed from Steam for bug fixes and to “ease the heightened pressure” from the community who had been review bombing the game since the artwork was first discovered. The full post reads:

“Due to technical issues that cause unexpected crashes and among other reasons, we are pulling <Devotion> off from steam store to have another complete QA check. At the same time we’d like to take this opportunity to ease the heightened pressure in our community resulted from our previous Art Material Incident, our team would also review our game material once again making sure no other unintended materials was inserted in. Hopefully this would help all audience to focus on the game itself again upon its return.”

As of this writing Devotion is still unavailable on Steam. I’ll keep an eye out for its return and get a game page up soon on the site. Source: Polygon