In a move that may shock many, MangaGamer sent out a press release stating Steam will be releasing their upcoming lesbian centered title Kindred Spirits on the Roof completely uncensored. In the past Valve has been pretty set on what content is acceptable on it’s store, releasing risque titles such as HuniePop and Nekopara with some (but not complete) censorship involving certain scenes within those games. According to a statement to Kotaku involving a game being removed for featuring sexual content, Valve’s chief spokesperson Doug Lombardi stated that, “Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material.”
With today’s press release, it seems that Valve has loosened it’s grip on what they deem acceptable. This comes off the heels of other digital store fronts such as Groupees and IndieGala running bundles featuring uncensored content for gamers to enjoy.
Kindred Spirits on the Roof is a story about “two ghost girls who haunt an all-girls academy” and their feelings of unexperienced love. It’s set to feature “some explicit sexual content” that will be released on Steam completely uncensored with “no off-site patch or workarounds” according to head translator John Pickett: “It’s great to see our years of effort finally paying off as visual novels containing adult content gain more mainstream acceptance and recognition as a valuable medium for artistic expression. Kindred Spirits will be sold on Steam completely uncensored. Seeing frank depictions of samesex relationships welcomed on such a major gaming platform is a true testament to the openmindedness of our society and the growing desire for mature entertainment that people of all walks of life can enjoy.”
In the past MangaGamer has released “All-Ages” versions of their titles such as Cho Dengeki Stryker and Princess Evangile, but it remains to be seen if these games will be getting future uncensored releases now that Steam has allowed Kindred Spirits of the Roof to be released unchanged.
How do you feel about uncensored titles being released on Steam? Are you hopeful that this opens the door for more publishers to get their content on the store front, or do you feel like this is a line that Valve shouldn’t have crossed?