Valve has made the decision to pull Earth: Year 2066 from its Steam Early Access store and refund users who had purchased it because of what it claims to be dishonesty from the game's marketing materials. The game launched on the service, which allows players to support games during their development by buying early and helping to fund developers while also providing important feedback on the direction and quality of the game, last month, and almost immediately saw a deluge of negative comments from players about the game's quality.
While it's made very clear to shoppers that Steam Early Access games are not the finished product, and that issues should be expected, the company expects a certain level of honesty from developers and publishers, and believes that early adopters should be made aware of major issues or problems before they purchase.
In a statement released by Steam, the company said:
On Steam, developers make their own decisions about promotion, features, pricing and publication. However, 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.