By Emily Gera,
Sunday 23 February 2020 17:57 GMT
Harvard University will retain the controversial Taiwanese horror game Devotion as part of its library’s East Asian collection.
Developer Red Candle made the announcement on Facebook, confirming that Devotion will actually be preserved despite being removed from Steam for its inclusion of art that derides Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Over the past year, we are sorry to have worried our community,” the study wrote in a post. “Although the current state may not be ideal, we are still here and nothing has changed: we are and will always develop games with the same passion”.
“It is a difficult year for many of us,” they continue, “but we will continue, and we hope in the future to be able to share more jobs with all of you.”
Earlier this year, Devotion found himself inundated with negative reviews from Chinese players after the content in the game that derided the Chinese president was identified – a reference to the meme of winner Jin Jinping the Pooh. The game also included an Easter egg that supposedly served as a talisman that cursed everyone in mainland China.
The game developer has since apologized, saying that the prototype placeholder art was left in the game by accident.
Devotion joins Harvard’s Yanjing library from another study game, Detention, which is still available on Steam.