Valve has removed indie developer Killing Day Studios’ virtual reality (VR) compatible first-person shooter (FPS) Earth: Year 2066 from Steam following complaints from customers. The title, which launched on Early Access in mid-April 2014 for £19.99 GBP, was removed after accusations of the developer changing user comments to look positive, taking art assets without permission and a range of other claims. Valve has pledged to refund those that purchased the title.
“On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication,” Valve employee Chris D explained 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.”
The title had been subject to a Reddit campaign calling for the title’s removal. Users cited numerous accounts of the developer profile being used to edit comments and even in one case take art from Google images to use as the title’s Steam cover without permission from the original artist. Further comments on the title’s page list the experience as ‘broken’ and ‘terrible’. The page for the title remains live, though the link to purchase the Early Access version no longer exists.
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