Valve has determined, in its inscrutable and mysterious method, to reverse course on a previously-announced ban on the Steam launch of Chaos;Head Noah (opens in new tab), an anime visible novel and crime towards the semicolon from the builders of Danganronpa. Good timing, too: the sport releases as we speak.
Even Valve’s laissez-faire ‘anything goes’ release policy (opens in new tab) has its exceptions, as developer Spike Chunsoft found when its port of 2009’s Chaos;Head Noah (itself a port of 2008’s Chaos;Head) was unceremoniously banned from launching on Steam (opens in new tab). Neither Valve nor Spike Chunsoft mentioned which guidelines the sport supposedly violated, the latter solely asserting that it would not be making the “guideline-required adjustments to the sport’s content material” to safe a Steam launch.
To be honest, there are a number of issues you might level at. The “Mature Content material Description” on Chaos;Head’s Steam web page reads like its author thought their job was to only write down every thing that could possibly be thought-about mature content material on this planet ever. There’s knives, strangling, torture, “mangled fingers, dangling entrails,” and “uncovered brains”. Plus, horror of horrors, “partially uncovered breasts and buttocks”.
None of that actually looks as if it could be sufficient to attract Valve’s ire, although: some folks level to the sport’s (let’s be sincere, fairly creepy) lingerie DLC for its highschool characters as a possible level of competition, however all now we have is concept. Both method, Valve has determined that—no matter it was—it isn’t an issue anymore.
Actually, Valve has “examined the method” that led it to the ban resolution and “made some adjustments to keep away from conditions like this sooner or later,” so let 100 senpais bloom. There was a reasonably loud campaign from Spike Chunsoft fans (opens in new tab) to save lots of the sport’s Steam launch, full with a requisite Change.org petition. Maybe that caught the eye of Steam workers, or maybe somebody simply had a dramatic change of coronary heart within the depths of Valve’s places of work. That may be fairly anime.
Chaos;Head Noah releases later as we speak. On Steam, no less (opens in new tab).