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[STEAM] Planet Explorers is free to play now @ Steam for PC, Mac and Linux
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[STEAM] Planet Explorers is free to play now @ Steam for PC, Mac and Linux

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Devs make Planet Explorers free after accidentally deleting all multiplayer code.

In a blog post on Steam, Panthea explained:
Without the multiplayer, Planet Explorers will not be the complete package that we originally envisioned. Thus, starting next week, we'll make the game free. We'll also try to make the game code available online (we're still looking into the how part).


Steam description:
Planet Explorers is an open world sandbox adventure RPG game set on a distant planet. The game uses a new OpenCL calculated voxel system to allow players to change the terrain in any way, create new objects such as weapons, vehicles, objects, and do it anywhere.
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How do you "accidentally" delete multiplayer, and how on earth do they not have any backups that they could restore from?

Quite a few comments about the devs just cutting losses - run out of Early Access money but the game isn't finished, dump the game, then leave with a "please buy our next game - it will be much better, promise"

Sadly looks like another Early Access game that fails to complete and the devs do a runner
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How do you "accidentally" delete multiplayer, and how on earth do they not have any backups that they could restore from?

Quite a few comments about the devs just cutting losses - run out of Early Access money but the game isn't finished, dump the game, then leave with a "please buy our next game - it will be much better, promise"

Sadly looks like another Early Access game that fails to complete and the devs do a runner
Avenger132403/07/2019 21:12

How do you "accidentally" delete multiplayer, and how on earth do they not …How do you "accidentally" delete multiplayer, and how on earth do they not have any backups that they could restore from?Quite a few comments about the devs just cutting losses - run out of Early Access money but the game isn't finished, dump the game, then leave with a "please buy our next game - it will be much better, promise"Sadly looks like another Early Access game that fails to complete and the devs do a runner


Actually - you'd be surprised how often it happens - storing data costs money. Another famous example of lost code is Diablo.
Avenger132403/07/2019 21:12

How do you "accidentally" delete multiplayer, and how on earth do they not …How do you "accidentally" delete multiplayer, and how on earth do they not have any backups that they could restore from?


It's insane how often this excuse gets used. "Accidentally lost". How?! It's the 21st century. You don't even need physical storage for back ups.

I remember when Project Zomboid did it, claiming their laptop got stolen in a "break in" -- though nowadays, they don't even need to make excuses for why they're not making any progress.
aLV42603/07/2019 22:12

Actually - you'd be surprised how often it happens - storing data costs …Actually - you'd be surprised how often it happens - storing data costs money. Another famous example of lost code is Diablo.


Yeah and I seem to recall there was a lot of trouble with the Homeworld series with files missing when they came to the remaster.
this wasn't too bad a game for the kids, but i appreciate its not great. thx.
Edited by: "chimpee" 6th Jul
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