One of the more … interesting releases on Steam and GOG over the last week has been the release of indie game Dark Matter. On the surface, it appeared to be a sharp-looking and clever 2D side scroller in the vein of games like Metroid and Shadow Complex, which is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned.
There was only one real problem with Dark Matter; a little bit into it, this happens:
Yyyyeeeeaaahhh, the game wasn’t finished. According to developer InterWave Studios (via GamaSutra), they ran out of Kickstarter money and were not able to complete it in time for its release and were forced to tack on a text ending. Naturally, people who have bought the game are upset at InterWave as well as Steam and GOG for their lack of due diligence in letting this happen.
The fallout has been swift; GOG and Steam have pulled the game, with the latter posting the following message on the game’s product page:
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.
At this time it is unclear how a developer is able to patch ‘unfinished’, but hopefully we’ll find out…assuming anyone is willing to give them any money ever again. This is further complicated by the fact that apparently much of Dark Matter‘s development team had been laid off a few months ago.
Long story short; this has been a ‘dark matter’ for everyone involved.