Indie Game Ends Abruptly Because Devs Ran Out of Cash
When you buy a game, you expect to get a complete product. Sure, sometimes that product is garbage, but it is nonetheless a complete piece of garbage. Indie title Dark Matter released on Steam October 17, and while the overall feedback has been positive, this promising title ends abruptly — as though the devs ran out of money and tossed up a screen saying, “you win!” completely at random.
A few hours into the game — reports indicate approximately four to five hours — upon opening a door, players are met with a screen of text that describes the remainder of the story. No boss battle, no narrative climax. The game just ends.
On the Steam forums, the developers responded to confused players, explaining that they had to shorten the game due to insufficient funds and time. They wrote:
“No, the full story is indeed not complete yet because originally we wanted a longer game (12-16 hours) but couldnt finish it completely due to time and money (and Kickstarter failing). So, we choose to go with a 6-8 hour game instead to bring something out to the world and show everyone the world of Dark Matter.
“We are going to change the “to be continued” text to something else, to make sure this will be the end of the game as is in a clear msg to everyone.”
They later clarified that, while the story is incomplete, the game itself is:
What I meant is, with a successful Kickstarter we could have made a longer game, expanded the story. But then it would likely have been more expensive too. The current Dark Matter on Steam is a complete game in itself though.
There are many things to explore and many ways to go through and many things to discover. If people just run through it then yes it will be less then those 6 hours.
In the game’s description, nowhere does it suggest to prospective customers that they may be buying a product that is, in one way or another, incomplete.
You can watch a dismayed player’s reaction to hitting the ending screen right here:
“This game went from really cool to… what the hell was that?”
How would you feel if you would have purchased this game?