Devotion, the Taiwanese Horror Game Removed From Steam, Is Getting Preserved in a Harvard Library

Devotion, the Taiwanese Horror Game Removed From Steam, Is Getting Preserved in a Harvard Library

Red Candle's Detention will also be part of the collection.

You were lucky if you got the chance to play Devotion, a narrative horror game made by Red Candle Games, before it was pulled from Steam. But today, the Taiwanese developer announced both Devotion and another of its games, Detention, would be added to Harvard-Yenching Library's collection.

Announced via Facebook, both Red Candle games will join the Harvard-Yenching collection, which is the largest Eastern Asian library maintained by an American university.

"As game designers, never have we thought that our works could one day be added to its prestige collection," Red Candle Games wrote in a statement. "While we truly appreciate the recognition, we had also taken this opportunity to rethink the possibilities that our games could achieve."

Devotion, a horror game about a family torn apart by aspirations of fame, was pulled from Steam over a Winnie the Pooh meme referencing Chinese president Xi Jinping. The developers later apologized for the "art asset incident," but Devotion has yet to return to digital platforms.

"For the past one year, we are sorry for making our community worried," Red Candle Games writes. "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."

Even if this doesn't guarantee an easy way to play it now, at least Devotion can live on in some way. It was on our list of the best games you probably missed last year for a reason: it's an atmospheric, expressive horror story with a really great story to tell. Detention is also fascinating, as a reflection of the country and culture of its developers. (Detention is still available on Steam and other storefronts.)

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