Here’s your interesting video game news of the week: the country of Malaysia has blocked Valve’s Steam digital store so people from the country will stop purchasing “Fight of the Gods,” a game focused on gods punching each other in the face and kicking each other’s asses.
Not familiar with the game? Well, you’re not the only one. Go check out bits of gameplay in the announcement trailer above. We’ve also outlined the game’s features below:
Your prayers have been answered! For the first time ever, gods, holy spirits and mythological characters from around the globe and throughout history will clash in an explosive 2D fighter where the entire world is at stake! Who will emerge victorious from the most destructive combat tournament the universe has ever witnessed?
- An unparalleled roster: Juggernauts from religion and mythology collide in battles filled with ancient magic and divine powers. Unleash the full might of Jesus, Buddha, Moses Zeus, Odin and many more in a struggle for existence itself!
- Legendary stages: A tournament as epic as this could only take place in the most iconic environments ever seen. Trade punches atop Mount Olympus and call upon the heavens for otherworldly powers as you tussle in the Garden Of Eden.
- Strategic combat: Immerse yourself in a four-button fighting system with tremendous depth. Counter each god’s unique attributes with throws, anti-air attacks and special moves.
- Training mode: New to fighters? Hone your skills in the bespoke practice area to become the greatest god of the arena!
- Pick who’s next!: Jump onto our Community Hub and tell us which gods we should include in future updates!
Here’s what British publisher PQube had to say regarding the matter (via Kotaku UK):
Most notably, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission have called for a ban on the game and asked for it to be disabled within 24 hours or face further actions.
We never received any communications from Malaysian officials here at PQube, however reports seem to indicate that Malaysia has now blocked access to all of Steam in order to prevent access to Fight of Gods.
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.
Developer Digital Crafter, who made Fight of Gods, also issued a statement as well.
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.
Given how serious most countries in Asia are about religion, this shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. If you’re from Malaysia, what’s your take on this? Is the government overreacting or should games like these be geo-filtered?