Controversy over poor ending may never be properly resolved.
By Tim Colwill on October 24, 2013 at 11:11 am
The developers of Nuclear Dawn, who were trying to get their Metroid-inspired sci-fi game Dark Matter off the ground, are now reported to have all been let go from Interwave Studios following controversy over the game’s abrupt ending.
People who purchased the game on Steam and GOG found that the game ended suddenly and what was promised to be 12-16 hours of gameplay was instead 6 or maybe 8. Both GOG and Steam have now been offering refunds, with the game’s publisher appear on Steam to apologise and explain that they were working on a better ending as a patch.
That better ending may never eventuate: Gamasutra is reporting now that Interwave is a “sleeping company” and that the entire Interwave team were laid off well before Dark Matter was even launched. The hope was to use funds raised from the sale of the game to re-hire them, but that is now not going to happen. An external team has been contracted to handle development of the better ending.
There’s some good in-depth coverage of the Dark Matter saga over on IndieStatik.