Otherland is temporarily borked on Steam

    
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What is the world.

If you’re trying to play Otherland through Steam today, you might be noticing the store page is offline.

Drago Entertainment dev Lucjan told concerned fans on January 28th — through the Steam community page that is still up — that it was intentional, sort of.

“We have requested for Otherland to be moved to a different Steam Account.
Looks like Steam just got to do it and that’s why Otherland is temporarly unavailable.  While I’m not directly involved in that process, I would guess that is should become available again by tomorrow.”

He doesn’t explain why the move was necessary, why the move was conducted in the middle of a Steam sale of Otherland that ends February 1st, or why it’s still not up several days later.

Dev Alpha posted again this morning, but didn’t shed any more light on what’s up except to say it will “take some time”:

“We are having some changes in the way Otherland is published (we have always told you that we are looking at ways to publish the game with publishing partners once we leave Early Access since it is simply to much for an indie developer) and we are working both to bring the game back to Steam as well as launching outside of it with said publishers. However, it will likely take some time and please understand that I cannot go into details at this point. For those that are playing the game, AFAIK nothing will change for you. For everyone else: there is always another sale ;-)”

The game entered early access on the platform back in September.

Source: Steam forums. Thanks, Hyd!

 

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Serrenity
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Serrenity

I bought it when it was up and I enjoyed the game, though as I said below not very far in.  However, you need to have realistic expectations for it.  Keep in mind, the game has been ‘hot potatoed’ around to a few different developers, was thought cancelled at one point, only to peek it’s head above water.  It doesn’t have super-high production value, the dialogue is a bit contrived / forced, and the combat needs some loving.  
But really, it’s not a bad game.  I loved the books, and this is an interesting take on the books.  It’s definitely worth a look, and I’ll check it out more in coming weeks.

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Azimn I bought it too and played for about 1/2hr before the siren’s call that is FFXIV lured me back.  But it wasn’t bad in the time I played. It’s not a triple A game, but it’s not terrible.

Serrenity
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Serrenity

Pepperzine Serrenity cursedseishi It’s this whole “this destroys trust because reasons!” That’s what the eyeroll was for.  If your trust in a game company is predicated on whether a game is available during one short period of time within a significantly long period of time, I don’t want know what to tell you. 
This has absolutely nothing to do with ‘Trusting’ a developer, and hyperbolic to suggest otherwise.

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aboomwithaview

I actually picked up the collectors edition the day before it vanished off the steam store. Now to be fair the game was actually a lot better than i was expecting, the visuals for an indie game were something else & anything thats trying to be a little bit leftfield so to speak deserves some support.

That all said I had just decided after a few hours gameplay that It was a keeper when it vanished from the store, so after not seeing anything from the devs I feared the worst so hit refund. Alas it wasnt until post refund the devs responded =/
Tis a shame really as with a bit of work this could be a fun niche mmo for some but the way they handled this current scenario has probably cost them dear & doesnt leave me with any warm fuzzy feelings about their future.

Malorey
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Malorey

Is it coming back to Steam or have they ditched it? Never played it but it never really seemed to take off like other MMOs and they had that huge fake review scandal thing too.

Apollymi
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Apollymi

I was going nuts trying to find this thing on Steam.  Glad to know it wasn’t me, for a change.  lol.

Azimn
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Azimn

I bought this game during a sale and liked it. The game is a bit generic but the setting and style is so different that it made it pretty fun. I haven’t gotten that far in it but I hate to see this game go away. I think that it has real promise as the setting is so cool/ unique.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
TheKingInYellow
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TheKingInYellow

They are doing this to clean fake reviews. Im rather sure about this. Games dont usually dissapear from Steam and timing coincidence with case of Raven’s Cry (game removed due to fake reviews that Topware publisher produced by themselves). is too much to me to ignore. 
They was accused on fake reviews before. And they connections to Topware and Reality Pump is rather obvious.

Otherland Has Hundreds of Fake Paid Reviews on Steam


 There was also threads about this on mmorpg and games subreddits.

btw, whoe even play this? 30 second look on their main website is enough to walk away very fast lol.

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blackcatcrosses

Jack Pipsam Yeah, it’s too bad Neocron didn’t survive for longer. That game had extreme potential.