Developer says this may change, but not any time soon.

This past February, Taiwan-based Red Candle Games pulled their then newly released horror title, Devotion, from the Steam store. This came after it was discovered that the game had shipped with an Easter egg that references how China's president, Xi Jinping, looks like Winnie the Pooh. What followed was a wave of review bombing on Steam from upset Chinese citizens that continued to toe the line that the government has repeatedly pushed upon them.

The original plan from Red Candle Games was to remove the game from Steam, go through a "complete QA check," and then re-release the game. However, it now looks as though the game may never be released again. The studio shared an open letter in which they say they take full responsibility for "the incident" and the "immeasurable harm" that happened both to them and their Chinese publishing partner, Indieevent. Indieevent had their business license revoked by the Shanghai city government after "the incident" occured this February.

The statement, issued via a Twitter post, says that the studio's co-founders have unanimously decided not to re-release Devotion in the near term.

"Red Candle's co-founders have reached a unanimous decision to not re-release 'Devotion' in the near term, including but not limited to obtaining profit from sales, revision, IP authorization, etc. to prevent unnecessary misconception.

"As we reflect on the situation, we notice many players, industry friends, and the media are starting to understand that the incident was indeed a malfunction of project management, not a deliberate act. If, in the future, the public would be willing to view this game rationally and allow us the opportunity to rebuild trust with our players, Red Candle would reconsider re-releasing 'Devotion'.

"As such, we want to apologize to the players for the wait. We are truly sorry, but please understand our decision."
The one bright spot in all of this is the fact that Red Candle notes that they "will continue (their) passion to creativity as a game company." It is a shame that Devotion may not reach a larger audience now, as it was actually quite good so far as modern horror titles are concerned.