As reported by NME, tactical FPS Ready or Not was faraway from the Steam retailer with out warning on June 16, with the builders claiming it was a backend error that may quickly be addressed.

On Twitter, Void Interactive described the game as “temporarily MIA” and promised an update for gamers within the close to future. On a pinned dialogue within the game’s neighborhood web page, a developer by the identify of Kaminsky acknowledged that “There is an issue somewhere with Steam’s backend and it’s resulted in the game being taken off the store for some reason, but Ready or Not is still on the platform.” Kaminsky then acknowledged that the pinned thread and the game’s Discord can be up to date when the shop web page was again on-line.

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Despite that clarification, gamers within the thread, in addition to NME have speculated that Ready or Not was eliminated over objectionable content material just lately added to the game. On June 12—the anniversary of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida wherein 49 individuals have been killed and 53 wounded—Ready or Not was up to date with a stage set within the aftermath of a mass nightclub shooting. The nightclub within the game is named Prysm.

Late final 12 months Void Interactive break up with Publisher Team17 after promising within the game’s subreddit that it could embrace a “school shooting mission” (presumably where you cease fairly than perpetuate one, however nonetheless); Void has denied that this assertion contributed to the break up.

I discover each ideas, particularly the introduction of a nightclub stage on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting, to be in extraordinarily poor style, however there are numerous video games on Steam with objectionable content material that stay on the platform untouched. There’s the indie gladiator game whose creator slips transphobic and anti-mask screeds into patch notes, for instance, or, after all, Furry Hitler. I’ve reached out to each Valve and Void Interactive, and can update this story if we hear again.