Co-op sandbox Windborne is closing down on Steam

    
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You’re in for some disappointment today if you were hoping that Windborne would ever emerge from early access. Developer Hidden Path announced this morning that it’s “closing down” the co-op sandbox.

We have attempted to secure the needed funding to finish the game in various avenues and unfortunately what was once a not-so-[competitive] market has now been flooded with games of this style. Windborne has been a labor of love for this studio since its inception. We have spent countless hours designing and creating a striking world to share with everyone. We have decided that after much business development around the title with no positive movement in funding that we will be delisting Windborne on Steam.

Refunds will not be forthcoming. Folks who already own the game will still be able to play it through Steam and will be given additional copies to spread around to their friends. The devs say they will not be releasing the source code to the community and have not ruled out the possibility that the game might someday be finished in the future.

We looked at Windborne last year on Massively-that-was; columnist Matt Daniel wrote that the game had potential at the time but advised gamers looking for a more feature-complete experience to hold onto their cash.

Source: Steam via GamePolitics
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josefreaksalem
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josefreaksalem

The ol’ early access burn. Letting people play (and review) your game that’s still in development can be a double-edged sword.

tanek_09
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tanek_09

breetoplay tanek_09 Armsbend JesLyck Like I said, evidence.  ;)  http://fyre.it/2C7wpD.4

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Snky The events of the last few years in the industry have me moving away from trying to be in it, and more into thinking about being a more generic (as in flexible) computer programmer that doesn’t necessarily have to deal with its BS.

zoward
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zoward

This game sat on my Steam wishlist for a long time, while I waited to see if it was going to firm up or go belly up.  I took it off my wishlist last month.  Looks like I called it.

agemyth
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agemyth

Sometimes games get cancelled.
Sucks to see Hidden Path have this problem though.

goldstariv
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goldstariv

kgptzac Madda Tell that to “Douchebag Todd” who sees Ark raking in the big bucks, decides that Dinosaurs must be the new trend, and schemes to build a leech game that can deceive players long enough to rake in a little dough before running off in laughter.. 

They don’t care what negative things happen to other developers. Many of them have ego issues and say “Pfft, I bet I could make some money off that!”

Then you have generic dinosaur games 1,2,3 and 4 clogging up and confusing gamers.

dLinden
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dLinden

early acess love

kgptzac
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kgptzac

Madda Provided the players aren’t stupid. Every failed project means all the other projects out in EA loses a little bit of faith.  This isn’t good to anybody, including the potential fraudulent developers who are looking to make some quick bucks.

ClassicCrime
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ClassicCrime

thats kinda sad, it looked adorable

breetoplay
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breetoplay

tanek_09 Armsbend JesLyck They know, they just believe that “this time will be different” and cry foul when it isn’t. :P