Dark Matter Pulled Off Steam Due to Controversy
Published by Iceburg Interactive and developed by Interwave Studios, Dark Matter is a side-scrolling exploration/shooter that’s been causing some customers to rage lately. After so many hours into the game, the player does not receive a proper ending, but a text explanation followed by “To be continued…” However, no sequel is currently planned at all. Interwave explained this is the result of their Kickstarter goal having not being met.
Iceberg CEO Erick Schreuder had this to say. “At present, the end of the game may cause confusion and is not satisfactory. We sincerely apologise for this, as it is not of the standard we would expect. We are working to offer a more conclusive and satisfying ending to the game as we speak and expect a fix to appear as soon we are able to.”
But the bigger problem is what he doesn’t say. Interwave Studios actually isn’t working on the game whatsoever. After the Kickstarter for its funding failed, the entire team at the studio, save two management staffers, were laid off between July and August. They had considering chopping the game into episodes and using the sales to re-hire staff members, but clearly this plan didn’t work out.