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Dark Matter has new developers at work following mass dismissal

Interwave Studios, the company behind the much-discussed Metroid-like #DarkMatter, says that it is working on an ending to its #game — but there’s a little more to the story.

The Iceberg Interactive-published Dark Matter was #pulled from #Steam and #GOG.com this week, after it emerged that the game did not have a proper ending. Players who reached the end of the game are told “To be continued” — although no sequel is planned.

Interwave, the studio behind the game, has now said that this abrupt ending was as a result of its Kickstarter failing earlier this year, and that it would be adding an ending in a later patch.

“At present, the end of the game may cause confusion and is not satisfactory,” Iceberg CEO Erik Schreuder admitted. “We sincerely apologise for this, as it is not of the standard we would expect. We are working to offer a more conclusive and satisfying ending to the game as we speak and expect a fix to appear as soon we are able to.”

However, what the team has failed to disclose is that it isn’t working on the title anymore. After the Kickstarter failed earlier this year, most of the Interwave team was let go between July and August, and the vast majority of the original Dark Matter developers are not working on the title any more, according to Gamasutra sources.

A source close to the studio told Gamasutra that Interwave is now a “sleeping company,” with only a bare minimum of management at the studio, and insufficient developers to finish the title under current staffing levels. However, it’s unclear whether third-parties would be able to finish the game separately of the original team.

UPDATE: Another source close to the studio has told Gamasutra that an external company is now handling the game’s ending, and that none of the original developers are still working on the game.

The entire Interwave team, minus two management staffers, were let go during July and August. When the Kickstarter failed, the original idea was to package it up as Dark Matter: Episode 1 and use sales of the game to re-hire the original team and carry onwards — however, this plan fell through.

As reported yesterday, players were incensed by the cliffhanger ending seen in Dark Matter. Instead of a satisfactory conclusion, the game simply offers players an abrupt “To be continued …” despite a notable lack of current plans for a sequel. Complaints about the ending poured in so rapidly that both Steam and Good Old Games opted to give customers refunds for the game.

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Dark Matter now released Linux, Mac, and PC

Dark Matter now released Linux, Mac, and PC

Iceberg Interactive has announced that #Dark Matter is now available for #PC, Mac and #Linux for $13.49.

Veteran video #game publisher Iceberg Interactive announced today it is tapping into gamers’ inner xenophobe by announcing that the action-packed, #horror #survival side-scroller Dark Matter is available today on Steam as well as GOG.com, with other digital portals and English and German retail stores releasing the game tomorrow. Dark Matter is simultaneously launched for the PC, Mac and Linux platforms and players can pick it up for $13.49 (includes 10% launch discount).


“With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect time of year for players to immerse themselves in a dark and eerie world,” says Iceberg CEO Erik Schreuder. “With a deep, compelling storyline and deadly alien parasites threatening your every move, we hope players pick up Dark Matter and take out the bad guys!”

Developed by InterWave Studios, Dark Matter takes gamers on a tactical 2D adventure set in space and filled with vicious alien enemies. The game is set in a derelict spaceship inundated by a sinister alien presence and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, players must explore the adrift spaceship Endeavour through echoing, fetid hallways and facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, while expanding their arsenal and customizing their combat style against the intelligent and reactive enemies.

Dark Matter is a unique spin on the survival horror genre, set in deep space, with a heavy emphasis on hard-hitting tactical combat and exploration in a beautiful 2D/3D setting. This unique side-scrolling action/survival horror game presents players with heavy tension, as they must decide whether to use environmental resources to prevent an unknown alien presence from ravaging them to pieces, or skillfully wield upgradable weapons one bullet at a time to stay alive.

Dark Matter Game Features:

  • 14 levels set in a gritty tale of deep space survival
  • Four weapons, each with four ammo types
  • The ability to collect scrap and alien resources to craft tools and health packs
  • Specialized weapon upgrades that enable players to develop their own combat techniques
  • Complex enemy AI that reacts to player actions and tactics
  • Non-linear exploration and storytelling
  • Elemental ammo effects enabling gamers to freeze, dissolve, electrocute or set fire to their enemies
  • Light and darkness are integral parts of gameplay, not just visual touches
  • Uncompromisingly real-time light and shadow casting for spine-tingling moments of pure, darkness-fuelled terror
  • Clean, hand-painted textures and custom-shading techniques are combined in a unique visual style
  • Dynamic soundtrack that adapts to gameplay circumstances

For more information on Dark Matter, please visit the official Steam page .

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Dark Matter survival horror comes to PC, Mac and Linux

Dark Matter survival horror comes to PC, Mac and Linux

Side-scrolling #survival #horror #game Dark Matter is now available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux through Steam and Good Old Games, developer #InterWave announced.

The alien riddled title is priced at $15; however, those who purchase the game during its launch window will receive 10 percent off the full price.

Dark Matter is the latest project from Nuclear Dawn developer InterWave Studios. The 2D adventure game takes place on an abandoned spaceship and introduces Metroidvania-styled gameplay to the setting.

 

New Survival Horror Game Dark Matter Announces Iceberg Interactive

New Survival Horror Game Dark Matter Announces Iceberg Interactive

Iceberg Interactive has announced that the 2.5D survival platformer Dark Matter will release soon for PC, PS X, and Linux. Fans will be able to download the game on Steam to experience a unique horror adventure within the dark depths of space. Dark Matter will feature 14 levels, four weapons, complex enemy AI and much more. Read on.

From the Press Release
Veteran video game publisher Iceberg Interactive revealed today that its love affair with all things off-planet continues apace with the action-packed 2.5D survival platformer Dark Matter, coming to PC, OS X and Linux on Steam and in Western European retail mid-October.


Developed by InterWave Studios, Dark Matter is set in a derelict spaceship inundated by a sinister alien presence and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, players must explore the adrift spaceship Endeavour through echoing, fetid hallways and facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, while expanding their arsenal and customizing their combat style against the intelligent and reactive enemies.

“After Nuclear Dawn, we dedicated ourselves to a more personal project, a revival of the Metroidvania canon, but with an InterWave twist,” said Michiel Beenen, CEO at InterWave Studios. “Dark Matter is a fantastic convergence of passion and technology, a dark world to explore, a great new story to discover. We are excited to bring it to a worldwide audience thanks to Iceberg’s great work.”

Dark Matter takes a unique spin on the survival horror genre, set in deep space, with a heavy emphasis on hard-hitting tactical combat and exploration in a beautiful 2D/3D setting. This unique side-scrolling action/survival horror game presents players with heavy tension, as they must decide whether to use environmental resources to prevent an unknown alien presence from ravaging them to pieces, or skillfully wield upgradable weapons one bullet at a time to stay alive.

Dark Matter’s key features include:

  • 14 levels set in a gritty tale of deep space survival
  • Four weapons, each with four ammo types
  • The ability to collect scrap and alien resources to craft tools and health packs
  • Specialized weapon upgrades that enable players to develop their own combat techniques
  • Complex enemy AI that reacts to player actions and tactics
  • Non-linear exploration and storytelling
  • Elemental ammo effects enabling gamers to freeze, dissolve, electrocute or set fire to their enemies
  • Light and darkness are integral parts of gameplay, not just visual touches
  • Uncompromisingly real-time light and shadow casting for spine-tingling moments of pure, darkness-fuelled terror
  • Clean, hand-painted textures and custom-shading techniques are combined in a unique visual style
  • Dynamic soundtrack that adapts to gameplay circumstances
  • Steam Cloud support for save games
  • SteamPlay, available for Windows, OSX and Linux

Dark Matter is rated PEGI 12 and is expected to release mid-October on Steam.

To learn more, visit the official Dark Matter website.

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