Ready or Not, the tactical first-person shooter that entered Early Access in 2021, is back on Steam after a takedown request was filed regarding trademark infringement.
As reported by NME, the issue was related to one level depicting a mass nightclub shooting and one released on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The nightclub in Ready or Not was called Prysm.
Ready or Not developer VOID Interactive announced that the game was back on Steam earlier today, June 18, saying it was “sorry for this downtime and I hope it wasn’t too inconvenient.”
— VOID Interactive (@VOIDInteractive) June 18, 2022
This apology comes after it addressed rumors of “the removal of Ready or Not and its pages from Steam that occurred on Thursday, June 16.”
“A takedown request has been made via Steam regarding a proposed trademark infringement in our recent Night Club map that was shared as part of our most recent Steam update,” VOID Interactive wrote. “We take IP issues very seriously, and in good faith we have decided to remove the subject matter and any reference to it from Ready or Not and from all our social media or other publications.
“Ready or Not will return to the Steam store once we complete the changes. We have also removed the AI update video from our YouTube channel and from our Steam store page and expect it to be reinstated after an editing process is complete. “
VOID hasn’t addressed the controversy surrounding the card’s release on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, but fans on Twitter have said the removal wasn’t specifically related to that and was instead due to the fact that the name was similar to a nightclub chain in the UK.
This isn’t the first controversial moment for Ready or Not, as VOID Interactive parted ways with publisher Team17 a day after the developer shared it would have a school shooting level.
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