Saw this on Yong Yea, I'm with GOG/CDPR on this one. They're business afterall.
Devs shouldn't include their personal political views within their games, videogames should be neutral. They're taking unnecessary risk and perhaps does it intentionally to cause this kind of controversy, marketing the game further.
So far the publisher become the victim of that reckless decision, their business license has been revoked, so do the devs want or even capable of feed the publisher's former employees now?
And why no similar backlash on Steam btw? Steam unlisted the game first before GOG decided not to release this game.
It's true, they are a business & free to do what they want, but the reason they gave for removing the game & basically saying, this is what our customers wanted (when clearly a majority are showing that's not the case) shows what they think of the people who have purchased stuff here throughout the years.
The easter egg said to be hidden and won't be possible to find without really looking. so would it be possible received e-mails or whatever means of communication from random GOG users who warn them about this?
They may not telling everything up front but they're not lying, that's what public relations do, attempting to kept their companies' reputation at the safest position as possible. But if that is the case (they received warning email from user), then they're not lying.
And it is better to be safe than sorry but now GOG have backlash because of this controversy, if GOG kept plummeting after the Cyberpunk who would feed the employees now? Devotion devs?
All they had to do was tell the truth, not use their own customers as scapegoats for their own lack of morals.
and yet Devotion devs have high moral value by making their publisher get most of the shit that hit the fan and trying to shove their game somewhere else
Had they of said "We received a lot of pressure from external sources & we've decided not to sell the game" would at least be telling the truth, sure they would've got a lot of negative feedback, but at least it would've been the right thing for them to do.
What if the above I describe that actually happen? They don't get pressure from Chinese goverment and Xi Jinping himself, but they receive messages from fans not to sell this game on GOG?
Why shouldn't devs include their political views, it's their game, if a store chooses not to release it due to those political views, that's up to the store, but clearly GOG had no issue with the game itself as they were going to release it here.
... and now they decided not to. So what's the problem? It's their store and they have the right to keep their interest at highest priority, not the devs.
I know I would remove the game if I own GOG since I have employees to feed, business to run.
As far as Steam is concerned, from what I've seen, the devs themselves removed the game. As for whether Steam has banned them from relisting it I don't know.
That makes it wven clearer. Devs know their game is problematic, pull the game from Steam. And now they're trying to sell it on GOG, without fixing the very problem that cause this controversy. Uncensored, unmodified. In short they're telling GOG to take the reclkless unnecessary risk from the devs' decision. Moral? Hah.