Ready or Not is back on Steam. The tactical first-person shooter was pulled from the world’s largest PC gaming platform shortly after a new nightclub-themed map was released in celebration of the anniversary of the Pulse shooting which left 49 dead and 53 injured. However, it appears that the removal of Ready or Not is due to alleged copyright infringement and not the controversial new map.
In an update posted on the developer Official TwitterVoid Interactive has confirmed that this was a “trademark request” which led to the temporary removal of Ready or Not from Steam.
“A takedown request has been issued through Steam regarding a suggestion of trademark infringement in our recent Night Club map which was shared as part of our latest Steam update,” the studio wrote. “We take intellectual property concerns very seriously and, in good faith, have decided to remove the material in question and any reference to it from Ready or Not and any of our social media channels. or other publications.
Void Interactive has promised to return Ready or Not to Steam after making the adjustments requested by the copyright holder. The game’s recent AI update video was also removed from YouTube for Void Interactive to remove the offending content. Void hasn’t explicitly stated who contacted them to report a trademark dispute, but fans do note that the game’s nightclub is called Prysm, which sounds a lot like a chain of clubs in the UK.
It looks like these changes have all been completed as Ready or Not and the AI update video returned to their respective platforms. Void Interactive has not addressed accusations of insensitivity for releasing a nightclub-themed map on the anniversary of one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history. United.
This isn’t the first time Ready or Not has sparked controversy. Team17 dropped developers Void Interactive shortly after the game’s early access release last December after Ready or Not added a school shooter scenario.
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