JAST USA announced that Full Metal Daemon Muramasa has received a Streamer-friendly version on GOG. The version was previously rejected on Steam, but GOG is here to lend a hand to fans wanting to share this game through streaming or just play a more all-ages version.
The publisher released a statement:
After months of talks, Valve rejected Full Metal Daemon Muramasa for distribution on Steam, banning it from their platform. We at JAST have always been transparent with Valve, ensuring the quality of our games does not suffer when we must adjust content to fit the requirements of Steam. We hoped we could resolve Valve’s concerns amicably and ultimately deliver the game to the many fans waiting on Steam, but Valve is firm in their decision.
Full Metal Daemon Muramasa is considered by many as a pinnacle piece of the visual novel genre. It dives into challenging and uncomfortable themes of war, sexual violence, racism, oppression, terrorism, and other atrocities; for the sake of artful storytelling. Steam has never had a policy against bad things happening in video games, and in fact Muramasa is unequivocal in its condemnation of these elements. Out of the darkness of Muramasa’s story emerges a statement on what it means to be a hero, to be human, to be family, to be friends; and in many ways, what it means to be.
Our case is, unfortunately, not unique in the industry. An increasing number of visual novel games are getting unjustly banned from Steam, with no recourse. This creates an environment where publishers don’t release games like Muramasa because the risk is too high with Steam’s heavy-handed hold on the PC market, stifling the medium and forcing publishers to adopt self-censorship to survive.
With 2021 behind us and Valve remaining intransigent, our friends at CD Projekt reached out and accepted Muramasa onto their platform, GOG. And so, we are excited to announce that Muramasa, Saya no Uta, Dead End Aegis, and many more of our titles are coming to the GOG store this week, with more to come in the future.
Full Metal Daemon Muramasa tells the story of warriors called musha. Using the powerful suits of armor called tsurugi, they fight endlessly. The protagonist, Minato Kageaki, is a musha and lives by the saying “Where there are demons, I slay them. Where there are saints, I slay them.” As such, the game is not a story of heroes who believe they’re right, but of people who despite that still stand on the battlefield.
In case you missed it, check out our review of the game.
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