Posted on May 6, 2014, Ron Whitaker 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.