Quite possibly one of the worst-received games ever made, independent title Earth: Year 2066 has been taken down from the Steam store. Although Steam does not discriminate on the basis of quality (which with Early Access games it feels is to be forgiven given the early state of development) the game was removed because Valve felt it was misrepresented in its promotional material. The company’s Chris Douglass said on the Steam Forums: “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.”
Earth: Year 2066 purported to be a post-apocalyptic survival shooter, but its $20 Early Access version consisted of a small world with easily breached boundaries, populated only with robots and pre-packaged Unity models. When users took to the game’s forums on Steam to complain, the creator (who goes by the name of Muxwell) responded first by responding in accusatory terms, then supporting himself with sockpuppet accounts, before finally removing the entire forum. The incident was handily summed up by games journalist Jim Sterling on The Escapist.