Earth: Year 2066 pulled from Steam over 'dishonest' marketing

By Steve Watts, May 06, 2014 10:00am PDT

Valve has once again had to step in to satisfy customers displeased by misleading claims. Earth: Year 2066 from Killing Day Studios was offered as an early access game for $19.99, but players found it broken and said the product page didn't accurately describe the game.

In a post on the Steam forum (via Eurogamer), Valve employee Chris D explained why the game had been pulled, and seemed to agree with the disgruntled customers.

"On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication. However, Steam does require honesty from developers in the marketing of their games," he said. "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."

More than a year ago, Valve had to pull another game that gained notoriety for its poor launch. The War Z was similarly called misleading and spurred Valve to intervene. The executive producer later apologized for the launch and his response to complaints, and the game was renamed due to trademark issues.

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