GRIS, developed by Spanish studio Nomada and published by revered indie outfit Devolver Digital (Hotline Miami, Serious Sam, Shadow Warrior and more), was one of the late surprises of 2018. Released on 13 December, the meditative, painterly game possesses echoes of Journey, and makes for a quite beautiful short-play experience.
GAMINGbible featured GRIS in both our list of games you might've missed in 2018, and in our round-up of the year's best video game music, as its score by Berlinist is an enveloping, enchanting listen on its own terms.
But now it's been revealed, by Devolver itself, that Facebook wasn't too taken with the critically acclaimed title (its Metascore sits at 83 from 38 reviews, making it one of 2018's very best indies). The company took to Twitter to post about the social media platform's refusal to publish the GRIS launch trailer, on account of "sexually suggestive" content.
I've played through the whole game, and I can confirm that there is nothing sexual about GRIS, whatsoever. It's an artistically rich platformer with very mild puzzle elements, and a perfect escape from the noise of a commute. There is nudity, I guess, but on statues. Statues. You know, those static, stone things, that are all over the place IRL. Not sure they get many a player's pulses racing, but, each to their own. Clearly someone at FB saw something in GRIS that bothered them.
Devolver explained more about the situation to Kotaku:
"We appealed and they said it was rejected based on the grounds that Facebook doesn't allow nudity. First of all, she's a statue, and second, absolutely no nudity is shown in that photo, nor is this what any reasonable person would consider 'sexualised content'."
Reasonable people? This is the internet! Anyway, here's the launch trailer that's got Facebook so uppity about boobs and that, despite the fact that it's flooded with countless other examples of sexually provocative imagery, as also noted by Kotaku. See anything that turns you on? I mean, your kinks are your kinks and everything, but there really isn't anything here that's ban-worthy.
GRIS is out now for PC and Nintendo Switch. Have you played it? What did you reckon? Let us know, if you like.
Featured Image Credit: Devolver Digital