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Visual novel initially banned from Steam now available

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Translation house Fruitbat Factory, responsible for the English versions of games like War of the Human Tanks and 100% Orange Juice, have released the first two episodes of their new game, Jiangshi x Daoshi (opens in new tab), for free. After initially being rejected by Steam, it was altered to suit Valve's feedback. You can, however, download a restoration patch from the Fruitbat Factory website (opens in new tab) or just get an unaltered version from itch.io (opens in new tab), where as always anything goes.

Fruitbat Factory blogged about the process (opens in new tab) of getting Jiangshi x Daoshi approved, which is an interesting read. As they put it, "There's certainly a lot of offensive content of various sorts (think South Park when it comes to the mature humor of the game)" in Jiangshi x Daoshi, though it "doesn't feature any adult content". After some back and forth with a Steam rep ("we’re fortunate enough to have one, I’m well aware most devs don't") a version with altered graphics was allowed through. "In good news, the Steam version is probably a lot more YouTube friendly", they conclude.

The mature content description on its Steam page notes that it contains, "Graphic violence and blood (example: a thug is blown up into bloody chunks), strong language, references to sexual violence and sex trade, use of fictional drugs, shocking and scary imagery."

Jiangshi x Daoshi is a fully voiced and slickly animated visual novel from Dendo-Denkido about an ex-assassin, a dao priest, and Chinese vampires. While the first two episodes are available now for free, the third episode will be paid DLC (opens in new tab), and is scheduled for a summer release.

Jody Macgregor
Jody Macgregor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and actually did play every Warhammer videogame.