Dungeon Travelers 2 Steam Release Apparently Blocked By Valve
It looks like a potential Dungeon Travelers 2 Steam release has been banned by Valve. While no official announcement has been made, a SteamDB listing suggests the game might have been kicked from the platform, though we’re not entirely sure why.
What do we know of the Dungeon Travelers 2 Steam ban?
Sometimes Valve will deny approval for a game seeking to be listed on Steam. It happened to the infamous Richard La Ruina super seducer 3 due to what Valve perceived to be objectionable content in this game, as well as older indie titles like You must be 18 or older to participate. Although we don’t have definitive proof, it looks like something similar could have happened to Dungeon Travelers 2a PlayStation Vita dungeon crawler from 2015. If a SteamDB list is to be believed, it looks like the game was listed for inclusion on Steam and then rejected by Valve.
The listing was originally spotted by Redditor bad_spot, which explains that when a game has multiple art assets listed in the SteamDB backend but no store page or community page, it usually indicates that it has been banned or rejected. SteamDB only displays data that is in Valve’s own Steam backend, so there’s no stated reason for Steam’s rejection of the game. However, given the history of Dungeon Travelers 2we can make some educated guesses in this department.
Why was Dungeon Travelers 2 rejected from Steam?
In 2015, when Dungeon Travelers 2 initially launched, Western publisher Atlus has confirmed that the game would have four of his images censored. These images include sexually suggestive material and illustrations that come dangerously close to depicting underage girls. The Western launch of the game contained cleaned up versions of these images (albeit still quite suggestive), so Dungeon Travelers 2 is a game that is no stranger to censorship.
A few possibilities come to mind here. Either the publishers submitted the uncensored version of Dungeon Travelers 2 to Valve, which scared them off, resulting in Steam’s rejection. Alternatively, the editors submitted the censored version, which further spooked Valve because it still contains a lot of very sexually suggestive material, especially from characters who appear to be young. There are plenty of hentai shovels on Steam, of course (as well as a lot of classic shovels), but Dungeon Travelers 2 is a higher-profile release, so it’s possible it’s come under more scrutiny than your average 99-cent match-three puzzle. We contacted Valve and Dungeon Travelers 2 Aquaplus editor to comment on this story and will bring you more as soon as we have it.