Devotion, faraway from Steam, to search out new residence at Harvard library

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Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games’ Devotion was removed from Steam final 12 months after gamers discovered an in-game merchandise that likened Chinese president Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh. Devotion’s remained inaccessible since then. A majority of gamers nonetheless don’t have entry to the game, and likely won’t — however not all is misplaced. Devotion and Red Candle Games’ earlier launch, Detention, shall be preserved within the Harvard-Yenching Library, according to the studio.

Detention and Devotion would be the first two games added to the celebrated library’s Chinese assortment, Harvard-Yenching librarian Ma Xiao-he instructed Polygon.

“It is an incredible honour which belongs to not only Red Candle but also our supporters/players worldwide,” the developer stated in a Facebook submit on Friday. “As game designers, never have we thought that our works could one day be added to [Harvard-Yenching’s] prestige collection. While we truly appreciate the recognition, we had also taken this opportunity to rethink the possibilities that our games could achieve.”

Red Candle Games pulled Devotion offline in February 2019, shortly after the game’s launch date. The group apologized for its “critical and unprofessional error,” however has not re-released the critically-acclaimed horror game. Detention, a horror game set throughout Taiwain’s White Terror interval within the 1960s, was launched on Windows PC and PlayStation four in 2017. Detention was added to the Nintendo Switch games lineup in 2018.

Like Detention earlier than it, Devotion is set in Taiwan, although largely within the 1980s. The story is centered on a household of three, spanning years in an always-changing condo steeped in trauma.

The Harvard-Yenching Library is a part of the Harvard University Library system. It’s “one of the largest East Asian libraries in the Western world,” in accordance with Harvard, with its assortment courting again to 1979, the place Chinese was “first offered as part of Harvard’s regular curriculum.” There are greater than 1.5 million volumes within the Harvard-Yenching Library assortment.

Games like Super Mario Land and Nintendogs are preserved within the Harvard-Yenching Library’s Japanese assortment. Some of those games are preserved in unique codecs — like cartridges and disks — and generally with accompanying materials, like booklets, according to the online catalog. Detention, nevertheless, is offered for viewing on a single computer in a selected room on the library. Devotion shouldn’t be but listed within the on-line catalog.