How Chinese censorship killed an acclaimed horror game

By all accounts, Devotion was a great game. That sentence has to be in past tense, and the opinion has to be second-hand, because Devotion was only available to play for one week earlier this year. But apparently, it was a twisted and masterful psychological horror title inspired by games like PT, but steeped in Taiwanese superstition.

Devotion landed on Steam in February and it quickly earned thousands of positive reviews. And then China got involved.

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  • I like devotion but it offended the Chinese bc of about something and I think I know bc, I am chinese myself

    666Kevin _Gamer666
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • What are they protecting , they are murderes, of their peoole and other countries. The world knows.

    Frank Velik
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Excellent reporting. Rare to see liberals speaking the truth about communism, they usually wink at it. Bravo 👏🏼 for Engadget.

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • This is what happens when you have arseholes running a country…

    Viktor Ko
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • It's a dumb trick that backfired for the developers. Please stop politicize it…

    Badly Injured Optimist
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • 呵呵

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • While the reporting is quite accurate the context being set is however is not. Like most issues of the day its very rare for it to be just Black and While or Good and Evil. Plenty of Grey to go with it. Video Game addiction is very Real problem. And protection from Predatory Game Companies is needed. The Pay to win and loot boxes abhored in the West finds restrictions in China. The criticism on Censorship is Fair however what is missing is the reporting on Video Games developers and companies penchant to get kids addicted to it to make more profits.

    kl wies
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Kind of irrelevant but i think her tats are dope af.

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • more videos like this! please

    Rafael E Raymundi
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Did you just blame the Diablo Immortal on China??? PLEASE, find ONE Chinese person that is happy with Diablo Immortal.

    W MA
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • sick of the 'blame china' crowd. literally the same as 1900s yellow peril shit. get over it you morons

    cristobal valentine
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • I'm surprised that Engadget would do this topic.
    Strict censorship from government of China has gone worse and worse each day.
    But I'm looking forward to Red Candle's next game, which we believe the topic will not please Chinese government as well.

    IJen Yang
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • No surprise that you won't tell the whole story

    Sennhei Zhang
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Jessica too hot for this nerdy stuff!

    Brian D'Souza
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • China wont allow a video game in their country but has no issues shipping govt approved Huawei's to spy on us.

    J P
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Is jessica conditt single?

    Jose Carlos
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Console ban was never really there. China doesn't have a large player base for consoles. Those consoles fans like me could easily get games and consoles online. We all have lines we can't cross in our countries. You westerners just can justify your doings in the name of your values.

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Idhar tao hahakaar hai!

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • great job Jessica, thats what i call journalism!
    you should keep cracking into this chinese censorship crap

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • On the other side….. A horror game that "scared" 1.3 billion of commies to banned this game…. This means this game was extremely good.

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Sad… but why would you insult your President in your own game?

    Sympa Dm
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • You are so beautiful 😍

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • hazardous

    chen james
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Sorry about my poor english

    Chinese people are preparing to 「over the Wall」click dislike

    They're always reluctant to face the facts

    Dennis Liao
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • But Hong Kong

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • China swallow u hole

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • If you type Winnie the Pooh in Overwatch china, you get permanent ban within 10 seconds LOL.

    Jhewei Jhang
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • by the way,Taiwan is not part of China~Taiwan is now being colonized by the exiled government from China.The Chinese Communist Party has always wanted to invade Taiwan. No joke

    ee bee
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • So they removed a game because of political incorrectness. So what?

    Xaco Swso
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Thanks for this awesome video. Great job Engadget, for quite an accurate depiction of the gaming industry and the harm of Chinese censorship. Chinese netizen can't handle the truth and that's not your fault.

    Yehmin WU
    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Their government's stupid, so with some of their people.

    Posted July 3, 2020
  • Ok, Engadget – this type of quality content is great. More of this please

    Posted July 3, 2020

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