Earth: Year 2066 Removed From Steam, Valve Issuing Refunds

The much-vilified Earth: Year 2066 has been booted from Steam, and Valve is offering refunds to those who purchased it.

The disdain for Earth: Year 2066 has been pretty much universal. Filled with bugs and barely playable, the game was nonetheless selling for $20 on Steam Early Access. While this isn’t the first Early Access title to have issues (a problem we’ve discussed before), it is one of the more egregious offenders.

Steam has now taken action against the game, removing it from their service. Furthermore, they’re offering refunds to anyone who may have bought in up to now. In a post in the game’s Steam forums, a Steam rep had this to say:

“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.

“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.”

You can head over to the game’s Steam store page to claim your refund.

It’s nice to see Steam stepping up to protect users from fraudulent marketing. It happened once before with The War Z, and it will no doubt happen again down the road, as developers continue to try to push out incomplete games onto Early Access. While Early Access does have its advantages, we caution you to be very selective on what you spend your cash on.

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4 Comments on Earth: Year 2066 Removed From Steam, Valve Issuing Refunds

SweetPea

On May 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Good to hear. Paranautical Activity should get the same treatment. It’s being marketed by the false promise of a co-op mode coming “in the very near future”. The game has seen one single update in 9 months, co-op is admittedly cancelled and game-breaking bugs remain to be fixed. Also, no Linux support either, despite being displayed as compatible.

Meanwhile, the main dev has threatened to kill someone who dared complain about it.

Red Menace

On May 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

How much is Valve really “protecting” us when games like War Z are still, albeit under a different name, on Steam? Valve is not being proactive, it is simply being reactive about protection. I like Steam and Valve as much as the next guy, and they may be better than most, but that isn’t saying much with the way gamers are treated in this industry.

Bob

On May 7, 2014 at 6:40 am

@Red Menace “WAR Z” really come on now the only problem that that game should have said is early access. and Sweet Pea things take time serious why don’t you try to develop? oh wait what’s that you can’t oh then stop talking out of your arse!

Steam did a good job with an actual evidential scam, steam being a platform that is getting left behind in some ways compared to competitors seems to finally be capable of joining legality around the world in the current climate. They do have a long way to go and learn though.

SweetPea

On May 7, 2014 at 9:16 am

@Bob
Developement takes time? Dude, co-op has been cancelled, they’re not working on it. But the game is still being marketed as getting co-op in the “very near future”. Can you not see what’s wrong with that?

Ahh, I guess not. Using the “if you don’t like it, do it yourself” logic suggests you’re not a very intelligent person.