Valve has removed Steam Early Access title Earth: Year 2066 from the Steam store, offering refunds to anyone who purchased the title for a limited time.
The pulling comes following mounting criticism that the title was released in a disastrous state – with the game being repeatedly labeled as broken,” and its $20 price tag described as a scam.”
Valve is offering a refund period running over the next two weeks for anyone who purchased the game – not because of the current state of the game, but instead for dishonest marketing in the game’s store description.
"On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication," Valve’s Chris Douglass stated on Steam’s community pages.
"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."
Multiple reports also suggest developer Muxwell took down several critical posts in the game’s Steam community hub, as well as used an artist’s copyrighted work without permission for the cover art.