JAST USA Issues Statement Relating to STEAM version of Full Metal Daemon Muramasa

JAST USA, who are known for publishing a wide-variety of adult-themed visual novels, were originally planning to release a ‘Steam Version’ of Full Metal Daemon Muramasa alongside its GOG and JAST STORE releases, however the publisher have recently issued a statement confirming that the STEAM version was rejected by Valve and will now only be sold on GOG and JAST STORE.

In the past few years Valve/STEAM has become quite restrictive on the type of games they will allow on its platform, with most only being given one chance at submission and a lack of clarity if rejected. It’s becoming an ever increasing topic of discussion within the visual novel/Japanese fandom community and it seems JAST USA’s localised release of Full Metal Daemon Muramasa is another victim.

A statement detailing JAST USA’s experience can be found below, and on the official website.

In 2021, we released Full Metal Daemon Muramasa, our most anticipated title from Nitroplus, the acclaimed studio behind Super SonicoDramatical MurderYOU and ME and HER, and Saya no Uta

However, 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 is a masterpiece, and we at JAST owe our fans the deepest gratitude for the support they’ve shown by purchasing a copy directly from our store. Seeing its success has touched us all and reaffirmed our mission to share games, like Muramasa, with the world – regardless of the obstacles.

 If you want to support a future that doesn’t rely on a censorious platform or DRM, we urge you to pick up a copy of Muramasa (and your other games) directly from JAST or from our friends at GOG

– The JAST Team

What does this mean? Well put bluntly it means that those who were planning to buy Full Metal Daemon Muramasa on STEAM will now have to purchase it on GOG or directly through the JAST STORE. That aside Full Metal Daemon Muramasa, which is a title developed by Nitroplus, is now available in localised form through JAST and GOG

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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