Early Access games have becoming increasingly common, with more than 250 now available through Steam. One such game, The Stomping Land, which has been available for sale since earlier this year has seen its development stall out. As of today, the game is no longer being sold, with no official word on why.
The Stomping Land is yet another game in the increasingly popular multiplayer survival genre, with this one attempting to set itself apart by being set in a world rife with dinosaurs. (Check out our Early Access review here.) It was successfully funded through Kickstarter in June 2013, receiving more than $114,000 in pledges despite only asking for $20,000. The game landed on Steam this past May, being sold as an Early Access game for $25 as developer SuperCrit (led by developer Alex Fundora) continued to work on it.
A quick visit to The Stomping Land's Steam page will reveal it can no longer be purchased. As of yet, there is no explanation from either Valve or SuperCrit as to why the game has been removed, but it would appear it's no coincidence that this comes after several months with no word from the game's developers.
None of the official outlets for the game--its Facebook, Twitter, forums, and Kickstarter page--have been updated in months. The developer's website is effectively nonexistent. The last post on the Kickstarter announced the game's arrival in Early Access on Steam on May 30, and stated, "Even though the game is available, development is still in full force." Whether or not that is the case is unclear, as the game was last updated in early June, with no word since then as to when additional updates would be coming. An online petition went live in July asking that the game be removed from the Steam store and that Kickstarter backers and Steam buyers be refunded. As of this writing, it's received 2,816 signatures.
Even before The Stomping Land stopped being sold through Steam, fans had reason for concern. In July, the game's public relations person posted on the Steam forums, saying they were done working on the game. They claimed their contract had expired on May 31, but that they continued on due to a "desire to see this game succeed." Most concerningly, they noted that one of the game's developers "is not very communicative and the Monday posts feel like I am stringing the community along. I don't want that. You don't want that. So I'm not going to continue doing that."
We've contacted both Steam and Fundora for comment regarding the status of The Stomping Land and will report back with anything we learn.
This week's Games With Gold deals for Xbox One and Xbox 360 have gone live, coinciding with the launch of an Activision publisher sale that is available whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
As is often the case, the selection of Xbox One deals is very limited, with only two games discounted this week. Child of Light, the gorgeous 2D RPG from Ubisoft, is just $10, while middling launch game LocoCycle is $6.
Xbox 360 is home to many more deals of note, including Resident Evil 4 for $6.60, Resident Evil: Revelations for $13.60, Persona 4 Arena for $10, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD and Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 for $5 each.
You can check out the full list of deals--which run from now through September 8--below. Let us know what you'll be picking up in the comments below.
* denotes a deal that does not require Xbox Live Gold
A week prior to the release of Destiny, Activision is trying something different to promote Bungie's new first-person shooter. Today it launched Destiny Planet View, a website that allows you to tour areas from Destiny with a Google Street View-esque tool.
Built using Google's actual technology, Planet View lets you explore environments on Venus, Mars, and the Moon, three of the places you'll go in Destiny. You'll navigate areas right from the game just like you would a road in Street View, complete with players and enemies standing around--almost as if you're walking around a world frozen in time. Certain areas contain hotspots that bring up images, videos, and information when you click on them, and there's enough to explore here to keep you busy for some time.
Planet View doesn't contain every area that can be visited in the game. There was some concern following this summer's beta that Destiny was not as large as some had assumed, but Bungie has insisted Destiny is the biggest game it's ever made. It recently said that players may never be able to "finish" it.
Destiny launches next Tuesday, September 9, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.