Dark Matter Pulled from Steam over Ending Controversy
Hell hath no fury like a gamer scorned—at least, that’s how I think the saying goes. It seems to be true, since pissed off video gamers tend to make their voices heard loud and clear when stuff pisses them off. Such is the case with a recent release for the PC, Dark Matter from InterWave Studios.
According to a post on Joystiq, the game ends with a big ol’ “To be continued” message, which gamers are taking as a sign that the game was released and sold in an unfinished state. In response to the outrage, the developer is now going to be calling the game “episodic,” with the version that’s for sale right now constituting episode one.
Steam has gone so far as to take the game off of its store, with a message reading “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.” Meanwhile, GOG is simply offering refunds to angry gamers while updating the description to read that Dark Matter is the “first half” of a story.
This isn’t the first time angry gamers have incited a change on the part of developers and digital storefronts. Late last year, The War Z pissed off lots of gamers by being a buggy mess, prompting an apology from its developer, while no one can forget the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle—which seemed to prompt BioWare and EA to release the “Extended Cut” DLC to try and make everyone happy.
Have you gotten Dark Matter? Are you similarly annoyed? As far as I’m concerned, a game can end with “To be continued” without too much trouble. I mean, did people demand refunds at the end of Back to the Future? Or Empire Strikes Back? As long as the game is good and offers consumers their money’s worth, I wonder whether or not this is just gamers looking for something to get mad at. That said, I haven’t experienced it myself—let us know if it’s as bad as these disgruntled gamers seem to make it sound.