“Chaos;Head Noah” Steam Page Removed Ahead Of Launch, Fans Fear Ban Due To Themes Of Violent And Sexual Content Against Teens

The Visual Novel Chaos; Head Noah was removed from Steam before launch, leading fans to speculate it was due to content against teens.

Source: Chaos; Head Noah (2009), Spike Chunsoft

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A remake of the classic 2008 visual novel and the first in the Science Adventure series, the game tells the story of second-year high school student Takumi Nishijo. On the edge of becoming an irrelevant shut-in for the ‘3D’ world, only for an online user ‘Shogun’ to perfectly predict when serial killer New Generation Madness will strike again, and who.

Having seen the murderer, Takumi is horrified to find her sitting next to him at school. Still, she tells him that they have been friends for over a year. As Takumi suffers full-fledged hallucinations of what may be happening, he learns that while he cannot trust what he sees and hears, what he imagines can become real.

The game uses a “delusional trigger” system. At times, players can decide if Takumi’s illusion will be positive or negative, and sometimes dismiss the illusion entirely to focus on reality. Chaos;Head Noah is slated to launch for Nintendo Switch on October 7 (along with the Chaos;Child sequel), and was slated to launch on PC the same day via Steam.

Source: Chaos; Head Noah (2009), Spike Chunsoft

However, the game currently has no listing on Steam. The game previously had a web page, with SteamDB (a third-party website that monitors changes to Steam’s database) logging changes on August 16.

As noted @KaroshiMyriadthe game was added to the “List of games banned and removed from Steam“Google doc. The author has painstakingly cataloged nearly every “adult game, visual novel, anime game, and relevant app” that Steam has delisted, failed to release as intended, or removed since 2020 (and some titles from 2014).

Source: List of banned and removed games from Steam, Google Docs

When we last mentioned the Google Doc in late June, it had 129 products that were removed from the list, with 632 unreleased (28 returning with censored versions and 20 of those having patches to add the content censored by the developers themselves), and 820 removed after launch – two being already censored titles. It should be noted that a handful of titles have been stolen or “asset-flip” games.

The now strong roster of 1,600 players adds Chaos; Head Noah as its latest headline, noting that the game is “unreleased” as of the 16th. Andrew ‘Steiner’ Hodgson, PQube’s localization coordinator, reacted on the news with “Chaos;Head Noah banned on Steam. Good to see the curse is still very much alive, even now.

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“This was to be expected given the ero/guro nature of the game and the fact that it primarily features a cast that wears school uniforms. Even though this is not an adult game, Steam has consistently rejected JP games with school settings for a while,” Hodgson said. affirms. “Valve goes valve, I guess.”

“There’s still a chance it could be reversed behind closed doors because I think Spike Chunsoft probably has a better chance of getting along with Valve than some of the smaller VN publishers, but for now he’s apparently rejected. Better to wait for an official statement anyway,” he said. warnings.

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As of this writing, publisher Spike Chunsoft has yet to release an official statement. Hodgson’s comments about the game’s content aren’t without merit either. Initial positive illusions usually involve women being extremely affectionate towards Takumi, sometimes in clothing such as swimsuits, magical girl outfits, or lingerie. Passionate kisses, implied orgy and footjob are also described, but not shown in detail.

It should be noted that the very first illusion shows a bloodied woman with a green hand grabbing Takumi before she transforms into a normal. Most of the “positive” ravings outside of those focused on fan service have a mysterious and even sinister tone or fuel Takumi’s desire to be a closeted otaku.

Source: Chaos; Head Noah (2009), Spike Chunsoft

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Negative illusions include the sight of a cat’s corpse, a girl coughing up blood and clutching her stomach in agony, but those are the only violent scenes shown in detail – at least in the original version. A suicidal girl who slits her wrist sees her sprite suddenly transform into a bloody sprite.

A girl hit by a truck, the protagonist and others stabbed, dismembered, disemboweled, eyes gouged out, a rotting zombie, and suicide by jumping off a roof and walking through traffic are also depicted; but no gore is displayed (a jump briefly shows the character sprite upside down on a black background). Instead, sometimes red flashes appear on the screen, or a drop of red liquid.

Source: Chaos; Head Noah (2009), Spike Chunsoft

Potentially problematic scenes include a young man having his hand cut off at a school, a police confrontation at a convenience store, the protagonist pinning down a female character (and heavily implied that he’s about to sexually assault her just before the delirium ends), the precursor to a gang rape and the protagonist bludgeoning an offender to death at school.

Chaos ; Chief Noah was would have uncensored on Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita in Japan, while the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and smartphone versions have some form of censorship on violent and sexual content. The Nintendo Switch version, currently available in Japan, would also be censored.

Source: Chaos; Head Noah (2009), Spike Chunsoft

The protagonist, in one of the positive delusions, describes wanting to engage in a “non-dumb game” with a classmate and recreate a scene from an eroge game with the rape in the title. Again, all of these are described and not shown in any graphical detail.

Most of the characters are in high school, so scenes of sex, sexual assault, murder, and suicide — even if only described — may have given Steam moderators reason to pause.

When Steam banned the extremely dark hentai game Taimanin Asagi, the game director assumed it was removed not for content, but suspected a character was underage. Since all of the character’s physiques were “adult,” fans speculated that this was due to one of them wearing a school uniform at some point in the game and being a student (their exact age or level of education is not indicated).

Source: Akira via Steam

In a bizarre twist, Chaos;Child, the aforementioned sequel, is available on Steam since 2019. It warns against the presence of Gore in its user-defined tags (scenes again including suicide and torture of schoolgirl characters) and, as seen in screenshots uploaded by the user, a girl in a schoolgirl uniform is shown without any underwear.

The same thing happened with the dark hentai game Evenicle 2. It was rejected from Steam in February last year, despite the original game always availableand presenting similar content.

In June 2018, adult game developers learned that Steam was temporary stop adult game submissions. Later, it was revealed that Steam can officially implement adult games on its website. Valve announced that they would “allow all on the Steam Store, except for things we deem illegal or trolling. As Google Doc reports, several anime games with adult themes have since been banned.

Source: Chaos; Head Noah (2009), Spike Chunsoft

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