The game in question, literally titled “Rape Day” is a visual novel that will allow players to “verbally harass, kill people, and rape women” in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. The game was under review with Steam for an extended period of time, so much so that the Developer in question had to follow up with Valve on the matter.
Since the 2018 blog post that saw a near total removal of content control restrictions on the platform, anyone can publish a game about almost anything and Steam will allow it, because Valve has decided that they no longer which to be held responsible for the nature of the content sold in the store, except for content considered “illegal, or straight up trolling,”” The decision not to allow Rape Day to sell on steam was explained in the following statement by Erik Johnson: –
“Over the past week, you may have heard about a game called ‘Rape Day’ coming soon to Steam. Today we’ve decided not to distribute this game on Steam. Given our previous communication around “Who Gets To Be On The Steam Store?” we think this decision warrants further explanation.
Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary—we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct. We then have to make a judgement call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.
We respect developers’ desire to express themselves, and the purpose of Steam is to help developers find an audience, but this developer has chosen content matter and a way of representing it that makes it very difficult for us to help them do that.”
The game was originally expected to arrive on Steam in April 2019 and while it was possible to Wishlist, was never available for purchase on steam. Per the QA on the game’s website, the developer will seek alternative distribution methods for the visual novel as Valve has banned its release. Rape Day’s website has not been updated with this development, but a comment from the developer states that they will “do what I can do to try and create/and or find an alternate way of selling and marketing my games.”