'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another day, another cautionary tale for consumers eager to plunk down their hard-earned money for early access games on Steam and for Kickstarter funding. Today Valve has pulled the action survival game The Stomping Land from Steam Early Access. While no reason was given by Valve for the removal of the game from Steam, the angry user reviews do a nice job of spelling out the situation: the developers haven't spoken publicly or updated the game in at least two months.

But the other wrinkle is the successful Kickstarter for the game, which raised $114,000 last June. The developers have been mostly silent, except for a report in early August where they assured those who backed the game that it "wasn't dead." Since talking to Kotaku, developer SuperCrit has returned to radio silence, much to the chagrin of backers.

Apparently Valve wasn't too pleased with all the user complaints, SuperCrit's silence, a Change.org petition demanding a refund, and user reviews that say that the developer has been out to lunch ever since it launched on Steam Early Access.

No word on if a refund is being provided by Valve to Early Access backers.

Source: Gamasutra


Comments

Re: 'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

So... it got taken down just cause people left reviews saying it didn't get any updates lately?

That seems extreme if that is the only thing going on.

If it's cause they haven't implemented any promised features since the last update, (haven't looked into this situation,) then it should be pointed out that it can take months for some features to get implemented in games, especially with less experienced developers.

 

edit: As for being silent for a few months, it's possible they just needed a break from the public side of things, or something was going on.

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Re: 'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

I don't know for sure, but I'd think Valve would have repeatedly tried to communicate with the company before making the step of removing them from the system. I have to assume that either they got no response from them or the response they received wasn't satisfactory.

Re: 'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

Even if they didn't update for awhile they probably could have avoided being removed with a little transparency. If they had something going on, then they really needed to have said that. Vague assurances of future update do little assuage the fear of having bought into an abandoned project or the devs taking whatever funding and sales they can get with a buggy prototype and disappearing. If one takes money for a game and releases it on early access, a break from the public really isn't a luxury they can afford, especially not for months at a time. If updates aren't something the developers are able to handle, it's time to get someone on the team who can do it.

Re: 'The Stomping Land' Pulled From Steam

The problem with that is they've released an Early Access Game, something that they're pretty much required by definition to provide updates and information on what's being worked on in a timely manner to the people who've given them money. By acting as if the forums are dead to them for whatever reason (and especially having to reassure people the game "isn't dead"), they're in essence breaking with how an EAG should be done and making those who've essentially invested in their game extremely angry.

Don't get me wrong, I have a tenancy to hate EAGs due to the fact that stuff like this happens way too often. I don't preorder games any longer either simply because it's just way too risky with how the game ends up (Colonial Marines anyone?). But there has been good that's come from the system.

 
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