Taiwanese horror game Devotion is once again available for purchase in Taiwan after being banned last year for a controversial reference to China's president Xi Jinping.
First released on Steam last year, the first-person horror was pulled a week later after being review-bombed for its inclusion of a Winnie the Pooh meme taunting President Jinping. The Shanghai government revoked Chinese publisher Indievent's business license six months later, seemingly driving a nail into Devotion's coffin.
But as spotted by Resetera (opens in new tab), Devotion is now available for pre-order in two different physical editions: the standard type with the game, storybook, bookmark, and stickers; and a deluxe edition that includes the original soundtrack. Preorders run until June 15, and are exclusive to Taiwan.
Though, in a Facebook statement (opens in new tab) (via PC Gamer (opens in new tab)), studio Red Candle Games (opens in new tab) acknowledges that the limited release "will definitely not satisfy all players," and asks for their fans' patience while they "continue to try various possibilities" as they relate to a wider release.
For the uninitiated, Devotion made a splash in the short time it was available for its Kojima-inspired design and for being incredibly scary. Our own Rachel Weber - who once told me she falls asleep to the sound of horror stories - divulged at the time (opens in new tab) that playing Devotion caused her to "fully scream" several times. The game caused such a stir that it's been preserved (opens in new tab) at the Harvard-Yenching, a media-preservation library located at Harvard University.
With any luck, those of us outside Taiwan won't need to wait long to see what the fuss is all about.
Until then, here are the best horror games (opens in new tab) to inspire your nightmares right now.