We got sent a rather daft trailer last week that featured Jesus Christ himself as a playable character in a fighting game, squaring up against various gods and deities. In the trailer Jesus is armed with torn off chunks of the crucifix, delivering a beat down to Buddha. Fight of Gods looks like your usual Steam bait controversy fare but it looks as if the development team at Digital Crafter may have taken things a bit too far for some - the Malaysian government has completely blocked the Steam store across the entire country in order to prevent citizens from playing the game.
In a statement sent to us by publisher PQube, they explain their intentions for Fight of Gods and address the ban from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), who have given Valve an ultimatum to remove the game from Steam within 24 hours or “face further actions.”
“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,” says publisher PQube in a message on behalf of developer Digital Crafter.
“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.”
The Malaysian reaction to the game is a bold one, preventing Malaysia’s 31 million strong population from accessing Valve’s store in any shape or form.
What are your thoughts on Fight of Gods and the ultimatum laid down by the MCMC?