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.
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