MangaGamer, the publisher of various visual novels, announced that they have been in talks with GOG.com to bring a collection of their adult-themed visual novels to the service. This comes hot on the heels of Steam being co-opted and contradicting their own policies by going after visual novels and dating sims that were already censored, threatening to remove them after Social Justice Warriors on the Left and Right of the political spectrum set their sights on games that appealed to straight male gamers.
Well, over on the MangaGamer blog they made it known that they were already in talks with GOG.com, but after what some are calling the VN apocalypse, MangaGamer and GOG got serious and now the transition of moving more visual novels over to the platform will become a reality.
MangaGamer PR director, John Pickett, explained that Valve’s unreliability for hosting visual novels is what led to the strengthened bond between GOG.com and MangaGamer…
“This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. We had been speaking with GOG prior to recent events about adding visual novels as a genre to their retail platform, and with Valve now threatening the livelihoods of visual novel developers everywhere, it’s a huge relief to see GOG opening their doors to these games
“Steam has now proven that it’s growing unreliable for small and independent developers, so we are very grateful to have the next biggest retailer in the PC market welcoming Visual Novels with open arms and an eye for quality. In the long run we hope to transition our full Steam catalog over to GOG, and we hope other developers will consider reaching out to them too. We want fans everywhere to always have a means of enjoy these great titles”
Nine titles will be made available on GOG.com, including yuri visual novels such as Kindred Spirits and A Kiss for the Petals ~Maidens of Michael~. Both games came under fire by Valve, except the company literally removed Maidens of Michael from the Steam storefront.
It won’t be removed from GOG.com.
Keep in mind, however, that the versions available on the GOG.com storefront will be the censored versions. However, gamers will be able to download and install the uncensored patches for the games. A rep for GOG.com also confirmed that they will not be banning players or companies from distributing the uncensored patches.
Our plans are to bring “All Ages” versions to https://t.co/TiMFdAcy7Z. But we don’t plan to block or interfere with compatibility for any additional content the devs want to make available on their end.
— GOG.COM (@GOGcom) May 22, 2018
This means that things will work out just like they used to on Steam. You’ll be able to download the game from GOG.com, and then go to the official publisher’s website and download the 18+ uncensored patch.
Sekai Project has already taken up GOG.com on its offer for hosting visual novels, working as a safe haven for those under threat of Valve’s waifu holocaust.
You can currently purchase a handful of visual novels on GOG.com right now. If the company keeps moving in this direction, it will surely eat a big chunk out of Steam’s marketshare due to Valve becoming pliable to the whims of Social Justice Warriors.