Hidden Path Entertainment has pulled their game Windborne from Steam Early Access and shut down further development on the game. It can no longer be bought, although those who did purchase the game will still be able to play the unfinished sandbox game.
Announcing the decision on the Steam community, Hidden Path said: “We have attempted to secure the needed funding to finish the game in various avenues and unfortunately what was once a not-so-completive market has now been flooded with games of this style. Windborne has been a labor of love for this studio since its inception. We have spent countless hours designing and creating a striking world to share with everyone. We have decided that after much business development around the title with no positive movement in funding that we will be delisting Windborne on Steam.”
For anyone who bought Windbourne, there will be no refunds. All the money from the game (which was $30 for the standard edition and $45 for a deluxe) was used as part of the development process, and thus Hidden Path are unable to refund players. The company will not release the source code to allow the community to complete the game either, as Hidden Path hope one day they can return to the project. “We still actively talk to publishers and investors about this game weekly because we love and believe in it so much. If it becomes possible to finish Windborne we will make sure that the community receives finished copies as well,” explained the developer.
All Windborne players will be gifted five copies which they can trade or gift to friends, however. Hidden Path hope this will keep Windborne active, meaning the game isn’t a total wreck and players can still have fun with the unfinished product. People who bought the deluxe edition will be provided with three copies of Defense Grid 2 Steam Special Edition, and three copies of Defense Grid: Containment bundle, too.
Thanks, PC Gamer.