According to a Gamasutra report, many of the developers working on the indie title Dark Matter were laid off after the game's Kickstarter failed this summer. But that didn't stop an abbreviated version of the game hitting Steam and GOG last week. This week, the game has been yanked from those digital download services after complaints that the adventure title didn't have an ending.
CEO Erik Schreuder defended the game, saying that it was meant to be part of an ongoing episodic series.
"Any further episodes would, however, need to be dependent on the success of the previous installment. The first installment is what has launched recently on Steam and is simply called Dark Matter," he wrote on the Steam Forums.
"We would like to stress that the game is exactly as described on Steam (including that it contains 14 levels)–it is simply not true that the game is unfinished, or unplayable. Some people have misquoted the developer as having admitted that the game is incomplete; we should reiterate that what was meant was that this is not the $30 full-priced game, but the episodic budget version (currently selling at $13.49 at 10 percent off)."
Schreuder went on to apologize to consumers who felt that the end of the game caused confusion or if they found it be "not satisfactory."
"We are working to offer a more conclusive and satisfying ending to the game as we speak and expect a fix to appear as soon we are able to."
"Notice: Currently there is a known issue at the end of the game. The developer is aware of the issue and they are working on a patch as a solution," reads Steam's current description for the game.
We will have more on this story as it develops.