[Update 3/15/2019:] After being delayed from release by a day, Valve approved Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! for release on the Steam store. The game is currently available on Steam for $24.99.
[Original article:] Another anime-style visual novel has been held up from release on Steam due to an extended review carried out by Valve. According to the SteamDB entry MangaGamer’s Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! was supposed to be due out on March 14th, 2019. The release date was set in stone back on February 22nd, 2019. However, due to an extended review from Valve, the all-ages visual novel is now indefinitely postponed from release until Valve finishes the review.
The news comes courtesy of a post over on the Steam Community page where MangaGamer confirmed the game’s delayed release, explaining…
“Due to unforeseen delays in the Steam review process, Lilycle Rainbow Stage will not be launching on Steam today.”
In case you were wondering, the game does contain lolis.
However, there is no sexual content in Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!!.
According to the Visual Novel Database, the game contains no sexual content, no explicit nudity, nor any any hardcore material. The game does center around a yuri story involving various lesbian relationships, but again, there is no explicit content in the game. The version submitted to Steam is the all-ages version of the game.
The Steam store page lists what sort of mature content is featured in the game, where it states…
“The game has a few illustrations with mild nudity. All characters are 18 years of age or older.”
Despite stating that the characters are over the age of 18, Valve has explicitly told developers that if they determine that the content is “legally grey” they will still ban the game. This rings especially true for games set in high schools, academies or college, unless the games are strictly yaoi or contain furry romances.
Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! joins other games that have been held up for extended review by Valve, including the visual novel Food Girls. Games that have been indefinitely delayed due to Valve’s review process are typically banned.
We’ll see what Valve does with Particle and MangaGamer’s visual novel, even though the romance VN contains no adult content.
Alternatively, you can buy the game directly from MangaGamer’s store page.
(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune)