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This game has been under review for a while now. Is there any news on the status of where the review is at now like if it's half way or almost down? What state is it in now and what still needs to be done before being released? Do games like these usually take this long to review?
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Cunin Mar 13 @ 2:15am 
Valve never updates developers about such things (and they are really vague even when they decide against the release of a game, so it's hard to fix problems -that's what every developer keeps saying, at least).

I don't obviously follow many games' review time, but this has to be definitely the worst case I have ever seen myself. I guess the problem is that Valve has basically no rules and everyone makes their own, there in the offices. There was even a Valve internal pdf which was leaked and it basically said that. Total anarchy.
But anarchy is not possible to achieve, it simply doesn't work, and therefore that's why they don't release any game anymore (despite having more money than most gaming companies around), they fail to fix years-old bugs in the Steam client, they ban-hammered adult-oriented games in the past just to apologize and lift the ban, eventually.

But since then, the situation seem to not have changed much, and IMO it still depends on each reviewer's opinion to consider a game legit or not, and since there aren't any clear and definite rules set in stone (just some directions, especially in the case of games like this) and a real boss around to lead them, the result is this situation.

Also, the developer is aware that lots of people are waiting impatiently and will update everyone right when they have any news. Nothing would make them more happy than to see their game released and producing money, so it's in their interest to do so.
Dharker  [developer] Mar 13 @ 2:24am 
We have received no feedback from Valve about the game, we have contacted them to request it and been ignored. One day I assume they will ban the game, and hopefully we will get some kind of feedback as to why, whatever it is we will then look to rewrite the game and release it to meet whatever concern they have, though likely as a new title release.

Personally I hope they simply provide us with normal feedback on what it is they dont like so that we can release it as is, but with rewrites and adjustments to suit whatever concerns they have. But my fear is they wont tell us this, they will simply ban it, like they have done with other developers games in the past couple of months.

And also no games like this dont usually take this long to review, my game Echo Tokyo: Phoenix took 2 days to review:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/432110/Echo_Tokyo_Phoenix

And it has been cleared ready for release, so there is obviously something they dont like about this game, research and sentiment from other devs indicates they do not like the college setting most likely as it could be perceived to be minors. Even though the game make it clear they are not. It is possible there is a debate or discussion going on about this to determine if it is reasonable to release or not.

But who knows, clearly there is something they dont like and i assume for whatever reason it takes them a long time to decide one way or the other. If it gets fully banned we will rewrite and re-release and of course announce its release when confirmed. So everyone can still enjoy the game eventually.
Originally posted by Dharker:
We have received no feedback from Valve about the game, we have contacted them to request it and been ignored. One day I assume they will ban the game, and hopefully we will get some kind of feedback as to why, whatever it is we will then look to rewrite the game and release it to meet whatever concern they have, though likely as a new title release.

Personally I hope they simply provide us with normal feedback on what it is they dont like so that we can release it as is, but with rewrites and adjustments to suit whatever concerns they have. But my fear is they wont tell us this, they will simply ban it, like they have done with other developers games in the past couple of months.

And also no games like this dont usually take this long to review, my game Echo Tokyo: Phoenix took 2 days to review:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/432110/Echo_Tokyo_Phoenix

And it has been cleared ready for release, so there is obviously something they dont like about this game, research and sentiment from other devs indicates they do not like the college setting most likely as it could be perceived to be minors. Even though the game make it clear they are not. It is possible there is a debate or discussion going on about this to determine if it is reasonable to release or not.

But who knows, clearly there is something they dont like and i assume for whatever reason it takes them a long time to decide one way or the other. If it gets fully banned we will rewrite and re-release and of course announce its release when confirmed. So everyone can still enjoy the game eventually.

My guess is that it has to be the adult content in a school oriented setting. I hate to bring politics into this, but over the last few years, people having caused outcry over things that seem sexist, perverted, misogynistic, racist, homo and trans phobic even if that's not the intend of what the product being made. Especially when the producers making it are well known. The characters in your game may be of legal age, but for some people it's not that black and white.

My guess is someone saw you, a developer rising in popularity, making a game that shows girls of different skin colors in a school setting with adult content and were "triggered" by it and complained to steam and maybe even still complaining at this very moment to get it removed. They might also want to ban you completely from steam altogether. It's not fair. It's cruel, mean, and pathetic that people are offended by something like this to go to such lengths, but it's the world we live in now and it's happened to many companies and celebrities as of late. Their careers and products ruined because they're too sensitive and got offended by this so they had to ruin it for everyone.

I suggest spreading word about this unfair treatment steam is giving you on social media like twitter and youtube. By bringing attention to this, it will put steam in the limelight and they'll have to give you feedback or make a decision faster. When they're put on the spot they have to come clean. You probably gained enough fans over the years to back you up for this.

And also it terms of rewriting, I understand if it's little things that would need to be changed, but if it's major things that changes the story into something different than how you envisioned and a different product than what the consumers want than I would definitely spread word of this that steam is forcing you to change your product into something that fits their needs because of some sensitive snowflake's feelings
Dharker  [developer] Mar 13 @ 3:00pm 
Hi, Steam have confirmed now it is the setting, sadly they took the radical decision to ban the game outright, this is the part I am sad about, as a rewrite of this game is possible, changing the setting would not ruin the game or indeed require to much work, it could probably completed by the end of March completely removing the inappropriate setting that could be perceived as depict minors.

Anyway I accept their decision and have asked if the app can be unbanned if we replace the inappropriate content. But I fear they will advise I should create a new game app. Assuming they do I will post here when the new app is online for people to look forward to playing.

It is a lesson learned and I will probably not make any school/college games any more just to make sure that this does not happen again, at least not for steam.
KinCryos Mar 13 @ 3:54pm 
why does Ertal Games get a free pass at school/college games? hell, "A Hand in the Darkness" outright has underage characters and Valve refuses to take it down
Dharker  [developer] Mar 13 @ 3:55pm 
Shrug, dont care tbh, im not looking to argue with them, its there platform they make the rules. This is just the way it is.
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