Ilewd’s Date Night has been banned from Steam. No reason was given for the ban and it was swift and clean like squid on a chopping board at Izakaya Sushi Ran.
Date Night was orginally supposed to be out on May 31st, 2019 according to an archive of the Steam store page.
The game is a match-3 puzzle title for VR headsets, including the Oculus Rift, the Mixed Reality sets, and the HTC Vive.
As you play through the game and win the levels, of which there are 50, you are rewarded with uncensored sequences involving the porn stars performing sexual acts on the main character. There’s a semi-safe for work version of the trailer that you can view below before the Steam page was nuked.
The game supported both VR and non-VR gameplay, along with multiple girls to interact with. However, the game will never see the light of day because it’s banned. Why? We don’t know, and according to another developer there are no rules or guidelines on what can get your game banned from Steam.
According to the SteamDB entry Date Night was banned on May 22nd, 2019.
This is despite the fact that Valve had already approved the game’s store page as far back as February 22nd, 2019.
So whatever happened between February and May, the product release team – headed up by product release manager Jason Ruymen – decided that Date Night shouldn’t be allowed on Steam. Typically if they just don’t want a game on Steam they deny the app ID and reject the store, like what happened with Kara no Shoujo 2, which they outright rejected when the developers attempted to submit it for approval.
In this case, some people believe that Date Night was banned for being a porn game, but there are a ton of porn games on Steam right now. What’s more is that they absolutely did abide by Steam’s rules of having marked the game as Adults Only. Even more than that the game only contained consensual encounters, so it wasn’t like this was another Rape Day. Nevertheless, despite having the AO filter as an available option for games on Steam, Date Night was still banned.
We’ve been seeing a steady increase in Adults Only games getting banned usually of a heterosexual nature. Valve recently approved You Can’t Fuck On An Empty Stomach, which contained hardcore gay sex and gay rape, but that was perfectly fine according to Valve’s standards.
Either way, it looks like this is yet another game making the cut of the Waifu Holocaust banned game list.
(Thanks for the news tip Doraggon)