Towns Cancellation And Earth: Year 2066 Fraud Cause Steam Upset

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, May 7, 2014 2:00 PM
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Valve is having a couple of bad days on Steam, yesterday being forced to remove Earth: Year 2066 for deceitful marketing, and today Steam Early Access title Towns has ceased development.

The post-apocalyptic sci-fi game Earth: Year 2066 launched last month on Steam Early Access but users who have coughed up for the game have claimed it is completely broken and unfit for sale, forcing Valve to completely remove the title from the Steam store and offering up full refunds until May 19th…

While many developers offer up promises of better things to come, developer Muxwell reportedly went one step further, delivering promotional material from other games and feigning it was from Earth: Year 2066. Users were incensed when they realised their $20 had been wasted, forcing Valve to act following a campaign from journalist Jim Sterling.

On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication,” said Valve in a statement on Earth: Year 2066 community. “However, Steam does require honesty from developers in the marketing of their games. We have removed Earth: Year 2066 from Early Access on Steam. Customers who purchased the game will be able to get a refund on the store page until Monday May 19th.

Earth: Year 2066 was reportedly a scam that played nothing like advertised

Today the state of play on Steam got even worse, after Towns’ solo developer Moebius admitted that development of Towns had ceased, despite many PC gamers splashing out on the Early Access version. Towns is a city building and management game that has been lurking on Steam since 2012, when it was one of the original ten titles to ever be Greenlit.

Originally pushed out by Xavi Canal, Moebius took the reins of Towns in February this year, but he wasn’t prepared for how little money it was going to make. “To be completely honest, I can’t work for that little amount,” he said yesterday. “I have to pay for the rent and food and this doesn't really suffice for any of it. I also settled for the 15% of the minimum of x copies which is already well below my normal salary.

It’s currently unknown what’s going to happen for those who’ve already splashed out for a copy of Towns on Valve’s store, but users are unsurprisingly displeased that it’s looking like they’ll never get the product they paid out for.

Since Valve has slowly but surely been lowering the barrier of entry of games wanting to hit Steam, the quality of some titles has of course been lowering right on with it.

Do you think Valve needs to tighten up its rules?

Should Steam users be entitled to refunds if a game never leaves Early Access?

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02:08 May-08-2014

Anyone ever hear of Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing? :D Purely horrendous advertising.

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19:27 May-07-2014

It's like when Alien Colonial Marines was released it was on steam and the trailers looked awesome but steam didn't make those trailers they just showed them on steam. The developers make the game what it is so ultimately they are to blame. You can not promote something in a trailer and give something completely different. Totally off topic the summer sale will soon be here, oh steam how I love thee

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21:06 May-07-2014

cant wait for summer sale too :D

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15:16 May-07-2014

One World: QUALITY CONTROL


Not only some early acces games are a problem, but some regular games aswell, just look at this junk

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16:08 May-07-2014

I loled with the video

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16:34 May-07-2014

I wouldn't pay 0.00000001 cents for that game :D

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19:08 May-07-2014

I wouldn't even waste time and space downloading it for free!

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19:28 May-07-2014

"One worlD"? :P I can add 'segregation of functions' to that...

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14:57 May-07-2014

Well no harm as refunds are issued...

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14:29 May-07-2014

those early access games are a big risk. steam should have very strict rules about the stage of the games that are allowed to be sold as early access. or else this could happen.

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14:14 May-07-2014

yes for need of tightened rules and yes for refunds even for early access,dissatisfied customer is friend of no1 :P

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