Valve has removed a controversial visual novel called Rape Day from Steam. The visual novel put players in a post-apocalyptic scenario where they could enact in their darkest fantasies and it made no bones about showing disturbing content. Ultimately, Valve elected to now allow the game to be sold via their store.
“Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary—we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct,” Valve said in a Steam Blog post. “We then have to make a [judgment] call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day‘ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.”
The page for Rape Day has been taken down on Steam but can still be viewed via Google Cache [NSFW] or at this archive [NSFW]. Obviously, the game had been flagged for mature audiences only. This can best be highlighted with the Steam News post Baby Killing Scene (SPOILERS). The developer explains their logic behind the scene and states that they ultimately decided to remove the scene from the game prior to sending the game off to Valve for review. Valve eventually made their decision and decided not to allow the game to be sold on their platform.
Other adult games previously faced a crisis last year which led to Valve deciding to solidify their policy on what is and is not allowed on Steam. While the distaste (if not outright disgust) for Rape Day is certainly understandable, the removal of this game appears to act contrary to a previous statement by the company where they said that they would only remove games that were “illegal” or “straight-up trolling”, which Valve appears to have put this title now under.
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