Update #2: As of March 15, 2021, developer Red Candle Games has opened its own e-shop, where Detenion, Devotion, and all of its future projects will be available DRM-free for a global audience.
Hello, Red Candle e-shop is now online. https://t.co/smmZxHj7zQ#返校Detention, #還願Devotion and our future projects will all be on e-shop in DRM-free format.— redcandlegames (@redcandlegames) March 15, 2021
We hope to provide a direct and simple purchasing channel for players who’re interested in our games. pic.twitter.com/1SxzBZSiyW
Update: Developer Red Candle Games has issued a statement concerning Gog's decision to no longer list Devotion on its store.
"Though regretful but we are willing to respect and understand and respect GOG's decision." the statement reads. "For the players looking forward to Devotion's re-release please accept our most sincere apology. This is a difficult predicament to overcome, but we won't stop striving."
It remains unclear whether or not Devotion's re-release will ever happen, but an increasing number of fans are pointing the developer in itch.io's direction as a potential alternative to mainstream storefronts.
Original: Taiwanese horror game Devotion's road to a western re-release continues to prove a difficult one after GOG announced today that it will not be listing the game on its store.
GOG shut down Devotion's western re-release mere hours after developer Red Candle Games revealed it was happening, providing only a vague reason for its decision.
"Hello friends, we want to share with you– Red Candle will publish #還願Devotion on Dec 18 on GOG.", the developer announced on Twitter earlier today.
The tweet mentioned that Devotion's re-release would feature the same content as its original version while retaining its initial price of $16.99 / €13.99. It also linked to a store page that has since been removed.
It's unclear whether the controversial meme criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping that saw the game taken off Steam last year would still be present, but it's likely that would have not been the case.
"Earlier today, it was announced that the game Devotion is coming to GOG. After receiving many messages from gamers, we have decided not to list the game in our store." GOG tweeted out a few hours after Red Candle Games' announcement.
It remains to be seen whether this marks the end of Devotion's attempts to return to western storefronts or not. As Raw Fury's Johan Toresson pointed out, itch.io could be one of the places where the horror game might still find a home.
???????????????? https://t.co/pvAWE4mV8p— Johan Toresson // Raw Fury (@jtoresson) December 16, 2020
SkateBIRD developer Glass Bottom Games responded to Gog.com's decision by announcing that it would no longer pursue plans to list the game on the store when it launches next year.
Earlier today, it was assumed that the game SkateBIRD was coming to @GOGcom. After receiving one message from them that undercut a fellow indie dev, we have decided not to list our game in their store.— Megan Fox (@glassbottommeg) December 16, 2020
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Earlier today, it was announced that the game Devotion is coming to GOG. After receiving many messages from gamers, we have decided not to list the game in our store.— GOG.COM (@GOGcom) December 16, 2020