Whirlpool and Sekai Project’s NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 is currently available right now on Steam and the Denpasoft store. The game launched censored on Valve’s digital distribution platform due to Valve’s wonky rules when it comes to anime-themed games, but don’t worry… there’s an R18+ patch available.
The game can be picked up from over on the Steam store for just $9.99 as the all-ages version. During the first week of being on sale the game is discounted by 10% off the normal price for $8.99.
Since the Steam version is censored, you’ll have to grab the uncensored R18+ DLC from the Denpasoft store.
And yes, sadly you will have to put down some coin for the R18+ DLC, which is why the game is only $9.99 on Steam, since you have to pay $4.99 for the R18+ DLC. During the first week of the launch it’s on sale by 10% off for only $4.49.
If you buy the R18+ DLC and share the link with your friend you can also get an additional 5% off the purchase.
While some developers still continue to fumble around the ever-changing and inconsistent rules that Valve has setup for what they allow or don’t allow on Steam, Sekai Project and Kagura Games seem to have nestled into a rather reliable pattern when it comes to getting their games up and out without any problems.
The key to their success is in the fact that they release their games as all-ages titles on Steam and then offer up the R18+ or uncensored patches off-site.
In the case of the NEKO-NIN exHeart 3, they wisely decided to keep the safe version on Steam and provide other sites with the uncensored versions of Takano Yuki’s art.
What’s more is that if you don’t want to give Valve any money or support VNs on Steam, you can buy the full uncensored version of NEKO-NIN exHeart 3 for $14.99 from the Denpasoft store.
Now the benefit of getting the game directly from Denpasoft is that the R18+ uncensored patch is already applied so you don’t have to get it separately. It’s worth checking out if you were planning on getting the game but didn’t like Valve’s taste policing of anime-themed visual novels.
(Thanks for the news tip Guardian Evaunit02)