Valve has yanked early access tittle Earth: Year 2066 after a sea of complaints claiming the developer was using misleading marketing to sell their broken game.
“On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication,” said Valve’s Chris Douglass in a post on the Steam forums. “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.”
Muxwell’s Earh: Year 2066, after making it through the Green-light process, launched as an Early Access title in April. The game was pitched as a survival sci-fi apocalyptic first person shooter.
While “broken” games are to be expected with a game sporting the “Early Access” badge, bugs were not the only problem people had with the survival shooter. A group of redditors found that negative posts on the steam forums were quickly deleted or edited to sound favorable. They also found that the developer was using an artists painting of Manchester after an apocalypse as the cover art without their permission.