Kindred Spirits on the Roof is a game about two ghosts who are eternally bound to a school—and the only way they can finally rest in peace is if they get to bone each other. Really.
Steam has gotten a number of erotic games like this over the past year, many of which have been tweaked so they don’t show nudity on Valve’s service. Valve has not only pulled sex games from Steam, they’ve also straight up said that “Steam has never been a leading destination for erotic material.” But according to game developers Liar Soft, Kindred Spirits will have zero censorship. It might be the first erotic game on Steam that can claim this.
“This is monumental news for the industry as a whole,” Kouryuu, translator on the title, wrote on Manga Gamer. “Everything will be open and up-front with this release; no off-site patch or workarounds.”
Here’s how the game is described on its Manga Gamer page:
Kokonotsuboshi Girls’ Academy of Commerce, a school built on the site of an old castle, nicknamed “Shirojo.” One day, the timid Toomi Yuna, who had been living a quiet life at this school, suddenly met two ghosts on the roof during lunch:
Enoki Sachi, who died in an accident before the war, and Nagatani Megumi, who died of illness 30 years ago. The two “kindred spirits” died with unrequited feelings in their hearts, met, and fell in love. They ardently wish to experience their “first time” together before their eternal rest.
...But they don’t know how.
The two who are bound to the site of the school enlist Yuna to help them create more “yuri” couples at the school so that they can glean some sexual insight from observing them, and to assist the girls struggling with their hidden feelings.
Yes, it’s a yuri game.
“Seeing frank depictions of same-sex relationships welcomed on such a major gaming platform is a true testament to the open-mindedness of our society and the growing desire for mature entertainment that people of all walks of life can enjoy,” Kouryuu wrote.
While doing away with censorship is good news, it’s unclear whether or not Valve has actually changed its policy on erotic games, or if Kindred Spirits is simply an exception to the rule. We have reached out to Valve about this, and will update this post if we hear back.