While it’s true that Devolver is big in the Indie space and hasn’t earned much goodwill, and that TRSC is getting mostly positive responses elsewhere (this article isn’t the only press they’ve got), they’re not the developer here, they’re the publisher. The developer is Deconstructeam, a 3-person team that has had one release before. If anything, I think Devolver’s quick and defensive response did a disservice to Deconstructeam, but I’m glad that things have moved towards Danielle and the dev who (presumably) put that plot point into the game talking directly and coming to an understanding, instead of Publisher Devolver trying to tell off Publisher Waypoint.
Personally, the podcast and the article mostly sold me on the game by talking about the themes and how it addresses them. While it sucks knowing there’s a huge misstep, I can at least go in knowing it’s there and that the devs are aware some people are upset (not just Danielle) and are having a discussion about it (unlike, say, BotW which did receive criticism that AFAIK was never officially responded to). Of course, saying “it won’t bother me as much if I know it’s coming” is a privilege since it’s not an issue that affects me directly (although it does affect people I care about), but obviously that’s why it’s good to warn people about issues like transphobia in fiction (even if it’s not justified in-fiction, and the creator is trans and making an intentional statement), so players can make informed choices going in.