Red Candle Games left us seriously unnerved but thoroughly delighted with their debut release of Detention in 2017. Now the indie Taiwanese developer has released another Asian-flavoured horror adventure, though Devotion looks a whole lot different than its predecessor.
While Detention had players exploring a school in 1960s Taiwan, Devotion sends players into a "1980s Taiwan apartment-complex lost in time gradually [shifting] into a hellish nightmare." As you arrive home, everything seems familiar on the surface, but "what is this feeling of unease?" Soon the place begins distorting before your eyes, and you can only look on anxiously as "your surroundings skirt the precipice of the extraordinary." What you're seeing turns out to be memories, and "as you push through each memory, uncovering the layers of each mystery, you may find buried in this home the unsettling truth of those who lived here."
The bigger change this time around is that Devotion is not a side-scroller but rather a free-roaming, first-person 3D adventure. Accompanied by East Asian instruments and designed to let players "relive the 1980s Taiwanese lifestyle," the game does share some similarities with Detention, including the focus on "story-driven exploration and intrigue" as well as references to Asian folk culture and elements of Taoism and Buddism. And once again players can expect "scenes of explicit violence and gore" that "may be considered violent or cruel."
If you're ready to brave the horrors of Taiwan once again (or for the first time if you missed Detention, though you should play that too), you can get started right away, as Devotion is available now on Steam for Windows PC.