Ready or Not was promptly removed from Steam on Thursday, June 16th, a matter of days after the launch of a new content update featuring new maps and a huge overhaul to the game’s AI.
Many fans speculated that the first-person shooter was removed from Steam due to one of the new maps, which depicted a mass shooting inside of a nightclub. The new map was released on the six-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, where 49 people tragically lost their lives in a nightclub in Orlanda, Florida.
However, Void Interactive, the developers of Ready or Not, have released a statement explaining why their title was removed from Steam and how they would be rectifying the issue.
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According to Void Interactive, Ready or Not received a takedown request due to a trademark infringement in the new game’s new nightclub map. The developers said that they “take IP concerns very seriously, and in a show of good faith, [they] have decided to remove the subject materials and any reference to them from Ready or Not and from any of our social media or other publications”.
Void went on to state that a new update video would soon be re-uploaded to their YouTube channel once certain assets were edited out. But, exactly what caused the trademark infringement is currently unconfirmed.
Many fans speculate that the name of the featured nightclub in Ready or Not was similar to one of the same name in the United Kingdom, but this has not been confirmed by Void Interactive.
As of June 18th at 7AM ET, Ready or Not is once again available for purchase on Steam. Fans can find the full statement from Void Interactive in the tweet below.
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