Detention - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

The tragic tale of Red Candle’s horror game Devotion only gets sadder. Originally pulled from stores after it was discovered to contain a joking comparison between Winnie The Pooh and Chinese president (and Winnie The Pooh lookalike) Xi Jinping. Now it appears it has cost its Chinese publisher everything. As shared via Twitter by Iain Garner of Another Indie and confirmed by PCGamesN, the Chinese government has revoked the business license of the game’s Chinese publisher Indievent.

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Detention

Detention, the ruminative Taiwanese horror game by Red Candle Games, is getting a film adaptation, and its set to hit cinemas in Taiwan this September. Set in Taiwan during the 'White Terror' period of martial law, the game is a cryptic and lonely exploration of political dissent and its ramifications, set entirely in an isolated mountainside high school.

The film adaptation is directed by John Hsu, who provided the following statement (via Taiwan News). "As a gamer, the original Detention game left me shocked and made a deep impact," he wrote. "Even then, I hoped the story could be adapted to film to reach even more people. My goal was to keep the film true to the spirit of the game, but to further develop a unique vision and emotion. I wanted to create a truly unique psychological thriller.”

The film stars Gingle Wang and is produced by 1 Production Film Co. and Filmagic Pictures. For anyone who has played the game, the set design in the trailer below will be very familiar: it's surprising just how true to the game it is. 

As for Red Candle Games' more recent game, Devotion, the game remains unavailable following it was unpublished due to in-game assets which were interpreted to mock Chinese president Xi Jinping. The studio has made no further statement on the state of the game since February.

Here's the trailer for Detention:

Detention - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games had a very bad weekend. After the launch of their 80s-set horror game Devotion, players noticed a scrap of paper in-game which invokes the names of Chinese president Xi Jinping and Winnie The Pooh. Xi (who looks much like the cuddly cartoon bear) being a reasonable man able to take a mild joke, Winnie The Pooh and associated properties are restricted in China – see John Oliver’s breakdown here.

The reference in the game, however innocuous, sparked a review-bombing campaign against the game by aggrieved Chinese players. This led to an apology from the studio, followed their Chinese Weibo social media account being shut down, and the removal of the game from Steam in China. Now it’s just gone altogether, globally.

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There are few niches as specific as the one Red Candle Games have carved out with Detention and its successor Devotion, launched just yesterday. Both are sharp, unsettling but grounded horror stories that blend the supernatural with tales of real life in Taiwan in the not-too-distant past. While Detention was a side-scrolling adventure set in the 60s, Devotion is a first-person psychological study of a deeply religious family in the 80s. See the launch trailer below.

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Detention - RedCandleGames
Hi All,

We are Red Candle Games.

While our whole team has been busy working on a new horror title; for the past months, we’ve also been preparing for Detention’s Korean version.

We are excited to share this news - Detention is now supporting Korean language!

For those who have purchased Detention on Steam, the language preference will be updated automatically.

A big shoutout to Torsilion for the tremendous effort in translation, and Youngju Choi & Yuna Choi for the great help in proofreading. Last but not least, thank you all for your support and for making this happens!

Cheers,
Red Candle Games

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devotion

By digging into the darkness of Taiwan’s past, Red Candle Games’ 2017 sleeper indie horror hit Detention managed to push some buttons that I didn’t know I had. If you haven’t given it a spin, go grab the deluxe edition on Steam, because you’re going to want that soundtrack. You know, for when you need terror to inspire you at the gym, or when you really need to speed-up your nightly jog. Building on the static-obsessed foundations of Detention, the follow-up title Devotion now has a trailer and a plot summary. It looks like Red Candle Games is going to stick to what they do best: teeth-grindingly upsetting history lessons.

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Detention - RedCandleGames
Hi All,

After Detention is out, we received messages from some amazing fellows, sharing their translations with us. Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have enough resources to make them as official content. Still, we feel that their hard work cannot only known to us.

That’s why we created a co-sharing thread on our Discussions, where you could find out more about their great translations. Feel free to check it out here: Community Translation 社群翻譯集中串

Once we have more time to work on the official patch, we’ll strive to include more languages in the official build. But meanwhile, please utilize these wonderful community resources if you find them suitable.

We are thrilled to see that Detention is being localized into different languages, and shout out to Joe P., Torsilion, Mr. Julik, Tolma 4 Team and Team UaLT for their tremendous effort in Detention’s localization. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for making this possible!

Love,
Red Candle Games
Detention - 奧爾良嫩切豬肉淋飯
Thank you all for your support and playing our game! In order to provide better gaming experience, for the past months, we have been working closely with Playism for the Japanese translation. Finally, we are glad to share with you all that Japanese Version is finally here.

For those who have purchased Detention on Steam, Japanese language will be updated automatically.

We hope that you will enjoy the Japanese version as much as we do!
Detention - RedCandleGames
Hi All,

Thank you all for your support and playing our game! In order to provide better gaming experience, for the past months, we have been working closely with Playism for the Japanese translation. Finally, we are glad to share with you all that Detention will soon be released in Japanese on October 27th!

For those who have purchased Detention on Steam, Japanese language will be updated automatically.

We hope that you will enjoy the Japanese version as much as we do!

Cheers,
Red Candle Games
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