Steam has removed the controversial game Earth: Year 2066 from Early Access. The game has met a lot of overwhelming criticism from disgruntled players because of its shoddy quality as well as misleading marketing. Valve, makers of Steam, is also offering customers who paid for the $19.99 game, a full refund.
The game launched three weeks ago and Earth: Year 2066 was supposed to be set as an open world post-apocalyptic first person game and that concept enticed gamers a lot, making them very excited for the game?s release. When the game came out, however, things were nowhere near what they were expecting. It was met with harsh criticism from both critics and irate players alike. Many of these people took to Steam and Reddit to express their frustration, with how the game?s original promotional materials misled them into buying the game. They also complained about Valve?s service itself, saying that they thought they could trust the company into protecting them from dishing out cash against poorly made games.
As if that?s not enough, the game?s developer, Killing Day Studios, has also been accused of stealing artwork from other sources on the web, and even using them without the permission of the creators. They were also accused of deleting negative comments or feedback from the game?s Steam page. The studio doesn?t even seem to have an online presence as they have no website or any ?sort of portal for users to look into. The game?s description and updates on the Steam Greenlight page are even written in broken English.
According to a Valve representative, users will be able to claim refunds until the 19th of May. The representative mentioned that: ?On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication?. Also adding that: ?However, Steam does require honesty from developers in the marketing of their games.
This can be a double edged sword because giving freedom to developers gives them the ability to think outside the box, and foster creativity, but on the other hand, it can also give rise to instances like these, that basically scam the users for paying for a low quality game.
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