Never talk about religion or politics down the pub as it usually ends in arguments, everyone knows that. Making games about deities is also a tricky subject, although it helps if the gods you are recreating digitally aren’t worshipped anymore, like the Greek gods in the God of War franchise.
PQube have recently released Fight of The Gods, which features Jesus Christ and Buddha as playable characters, in to early access and it’s got the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) a bit miffed. They have blocked access to all of Steam as they company did not remove the game within twenty-four hours of notice.
“This action is necessary to protect the users and to prevent untoward incidents,” said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Kerua “(To ensure) solidarity, harmony and well-being of the multi-racial and multi-religious people in the country are the main objectives of the Government. The Government will not compromise on any action that can jeopardise these objectives.”
PQube have released the following statement in response.
Fight of Gods is a video game that takes a humorous approach to religion in the same way that other entertainment formats have – across television, film, books and theatre.
The game is not promoting any religious agenda and is not designed to offend. The description of the game on the digital platforms through which it is distributed provide clear guidance on the nature of the game and its content so that people can freely choose whether or not to play it. We fully respect the choice of those who would not wish to play it.
We are disappointed that such freedom of choice is not given to everyone and in particular that the game has been forcibly removed from sale in Malaysia, although no direct communication has been received by us as to the reasons for this. Nevertheless we respect any rules and censorship imposed in any given territory.
We have reached out to Steam and are working with them to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Players in Malaysia can still access their existing games but cannot purchase any new titles. You can view a trailer for the game below.
Source: Press release / thestar.com