Google ‘Miscreated on Steam’ and you’ll see a link to a multiplayer online hardcore survival game set in a post-apocalyptic future. Click through, though, and you’ll be redirected to Steam’s front page. Miscreated has been wiped from the store - a victim of a copyright claim by one of its former developers.
Entrada Interactive announced on Monday that Miscreated was no longer on sale. They were “shocked and saddened” to explain that one of the studio’s contractors had filed a take-down notice under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
Valve offer a DMCA notice form on their community site, for use by anyone who believes that their work has been reproduced on the store in a way that constitutes copyright infringement.
Steam are required to remove the game from the store until Entrada are able to file a counter-notice under the DMCA - although existing buyers can continue to play the game through their libraries.
Entrada said the move “came without warning” while they were engaged in “promising negotiations” about future work from the contractor in question - and pledged to "vigorously fight to keep our game online for our customers”.
Development of Miscreated will continue in the meantime. Have you ever played it?