Dark Matter pulled from Steam over abrupt ending

Dark Matter went up on Steam and Good Old Games last week. This week, the survival-horror sci-fi platformer was pulled from both services for its abrupt and, to many players, unsatisfying ending.

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder said in a Steam Community post that it is working on a "a more conclusive and satisfying ending" for the InterWave Studios game. But Gamasutra reports that almost the entire studio was laid off in July and August after a Kickstarter for the game failed, with only a skeleton crew of management remaining.

Schreuder said Dark Matter was meant to be converted to an episodic series after the Kickstarter fizzled, with sales from the first episode used to cover development of future episodes. That plan evidently never came to fruition, as the game was released with no mention of an episodic structure--and there may be nobody left to make more.

Gamasutra's source said an external developer is now working on the game's ending.


  • DarthPunk - October 23, 2013 2:31 a.m.

    If they're pulling games for having abrupt unsatisfying endings then surely they should pull Half Life 2 from Steam as well
  • TheonlyWolf - October 23, 2013 4:44 a.m.

    By abrupt ending, they mean the game ends in the middle of a mission with a paragraph of text of how the story is supposed to end, then it takes you to the main menu.
  • DarthPunk - October 23, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    Wow that is bad. Half Life 2 and Halo 2 were positively sewn up in comparison
  • Shnubby - October 22, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    Wow, what a mess!
  • Redeater - October 22, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    This is why you should always research your games before you buy them kids. Red flags everywhere leading up to the release.
  • slimjim441 - October 22, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    It looked cool, but you're right. There was too much that felt off about it. By the time it finally released, it felt more like a beta test. It just wasn't ready. I'd like to see them finish it proper though. It could still come back.
  • larkan - October 22, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    I doubt it at this point, the damage has definitely been done, and the CEO has opened his mouth on Steam forums, and people are picking apart his statements left and right. Some of the comments citing facts on there are truly devastating to him and his company in terms of the lies they have manufactured over this incident, and at this point their best bet is to stop while they've gotten some money from it before everyone gets a refund.
  • slimjim441 - October 22, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Damn shame, that is.

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