[Update:] It appears as if Campus Chunri used stolen CGs from other visual novels, namely Koinaka -Koinaka de Hatsukoi x Nakadashi Sexual Life- from Japanese developer eRONDO, which came out back in 2014. Some of the NSFW images that were lifted for Campus Chunri are available for viewing over on the VNDB.
[Original article:] Chinese developer H-Star Games’ 校园春日 (or Campus Chunri… or Campus Spring Day) was set to launch on June 6th, 2019. Well, technically it did launch on Steam and garnered just over 33 players before before Valve pulled the plug on the ecchi RPG.
Originally, leading up to its release, it didn’t have the Adults Only tag according to a web cache archive, and had a mature content description stating that it featured only partial nudity and some strong language. However, just after release the Adults Only tag was added on June 7th, 2019, hours before it was banned.
According to the store page screenshots and trailer, the game didn’t actually appear to contain full-on nudity, but instead used conveniently placed spring flowers to cover up the girls’ naughty bits, as indicated in the Bitchute trailer below.
It’s not hard to see why Valve banned the game. Campus Chunri is set in a middle school where players will have to attempt to navigate the social circles of their teenage years while avoiding bullies and gangs. Along the way there are various branching storylines you can encounter that all lead to different endings.
The hook for the game is obviously the ecchi content involving various school girls in states of undress. However, as mentioned, the game doesn’t contain actual nudity, but censored nudity. Still, there are a lot of upskirt shots, panty shots, and CG images of the girls in highly compromed positions.
Given that Valve had silently rolled out the rule that school settings featuring sexual content would likely get the game labeled as “child exploitation”, it’s pretty easy to conclude why Spring Chunri was banned.
Although, obviously, this is quite the contradiction when you look at games like Spring Chunri getting banned but Valve completely leaves titles like Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 completely alone, despite the game featuring an underage sex scene.
I do wonder if H-Star Games will go back to the drawing board and attempt to censor the game even more in a bid to make it back onto the Steam store or if they will target a release on Fakku!, or Jast USA or MangaGamer instead?
(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune and Richard)