Indie Visual Novel ‘Crime Opera’ Banned Forever on Steam, Even With Alterations

Indie visual novel developer Crime Opera Studios has been working on getting their visual novel project, Crime Opera, into the hands of more fans. However, the game had previously been banned on Steam leaving it only available on the team’s itch.io.

Now, the developer has spent time addressing changes to release the game on Steam, which includes edit to the game’s narrative that could be taken out of context. Still, that doesn’t seem to be enough for Valve after the developer messaged them to begin the resubmission process to which they responded, “We aren’t interested in having this game on Steam. Re-submissions of banned games, even with modifications, will not be accepted.”

The developer adds, “This really hurts. I feel this policy unfairly applies to indie devs only. I also spent a lot of time making a steam only version that I believed would make the difference for us. They won’t even consider it.”

Crime Opera is a story that follows six characters when they are children and focuses on their introduction into the Mafia world. The lives of these characters change after a few deaths and alternative motives. Players get to see this world through the eyes of the characters and follow them throughout their life.

The developer has recently revealed Crime Opera II: The Floodgate Effect, which continues the story 5 years after the event.


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