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DoubleFine Ceasing Spacebase DF-9 Development, Releasing Code For Modders

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DoubleFine has announced it will cease development on Spacebase DF-9 and release their Lua code for modders to carry the dream on.

The game had rather a lot of planned features listed that have been removed, but hopefully this won't be too hard on fans of the game with their plans:
QuoteWe’re also pleased to announce we’ll be releasing the game’s full Lua source code a short time after 1.0, which will allow the community to create potentially far-ranging mods that add content, new features, and change some fundamental game behaviors. We’ll of course be sticking around a bit for bug fixing and support, but any new content for the game will now be in your hands. We’re eager to see what people do with this game!


It does make me wonder what happened internally for them to scrap their future roadmap. They are however putting in a tutorial and smoothing the game out to be less like an early access game, and more what you would expect from a finished game. There will also be goals to work towards to make the game feel more complete too.

No need to fret though as the game is already pretty damn fun as it is even when I played it a while ago, and these things can happen in development.

Their roadmap page has removed all previously announced possible features and replaced it with a small 1.0 release information section, but they did always state this:
QuoteNothing on this list is carved in stone, and we can’t promise any date for when it might go into the game. We may decide something isn’t worth it, or an idea may mutate into another thing entirely. We’re sharing this with you because we want to give an idea of where the game is headed!

There were always pretty open that nothing was "carved in stone" meaning none of their previously noted features were confirmed to be heading into the game. You can see that section using the way back machine.

They also noted on their big picture that Linux sold 2.37% for them.

See their official post on it here. You can also check it out on Steam. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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ba7a7chy 18 Sep, 2014
Thats really not cool ! I paid for this game to have it open sourced a few months later ?
Segata Sanshiro 18 Sep, 2014
I don't know whether to be annoyed or pleased. I'm pleased that a very promising looking game wil be community-driven, but I'm very annoyed at the fact that I paid for a game which the devs have given up on and will now never finish.

Their reasoning must be that they have a lot of other projects right now (Grim Fandango, Massive Chalice, Costume Quest 2) but that's still no excuse to just abandon development mid way through a game when people paid money with certain expectations for it. But then again, maybe they should do the same with Broken Age and it may cease to be the travesty which it currently is and becme a decent adventure game rather than casual crap for infantile iPad users who don't like anything more challenging than jabbing at a bright rectangle with pretty colours on it from time to time.
Maokei 18 Sep, 2014
I guess this is the real problem paying for unfinished games, good thing I didn't buy the game.
Beamboom 18 Sep, 2014
Steam should just remove Early Access from their network. it's not a good idea.

At the very least there should be an option in the client to filter out anything not properly released yet.
seven 18 Sep, 2014
i'm never buying early access again, way to go double fine.....u can keep your crap
seven 18 Sep, 2014
Quoting: BeamboomSteam should just remove Early Access from their network. it's not a good idea.

At the very least there should be an option in the client to filter out anything not properly released yet.

i totally agree with that

btw there is a real sh*tstorm on the steamforums right now about the game. i hope DF will come back on their decission
Segata Sanshiro 18 Sep, 2014
QuoteSteam should just remove Early Access from their network. it's not a good idea.

I have to completely disagree with this. While DF and others clearly abused the system, Early Access is a great initiative as a whole if you take into consideration some of the games it made possible:

Kerbal Space Program
Wasteland 2
Rust
Planitary Annihilation
Starbound
Prison Architect
etc.

In fact, if you look at the vast majority of early access games, they are brilliant and made possible thanks to the life line that is alpha funding. It's just a shame that companies like DF have to ruin it for the rest of them and cast doubt on their otherwise fantastic projects.
EKRboi 18 Sep, 2014
Man.. great couple of weeks we have had with indie developers straight up going in no lube style on the game community. Either complaining or not doing.

I didn't like the idea of crowd funding online from day 1. Luckily the only game I have ever bought on early access was Kerbal Space Program. It IS what early access should be. Some do it right, most don't. I agree that Greenlight needs to go away. Or fork steam and create a totally separate greenlight version. Only when the game is complete can it move to steam. At the very least, like someone else said. Allow me to turn greenlight off.

I can't help but feel that the indie devs have figured out that us linux users WILL pay usually above the average of other platforms, and simply use the word "linux" to take advantage. This might not fit with this particular game.. but it sure does fit with other 2 big screw ups over the last couple of weeks.
Baemir 18 Sep, 2014
Quoting: Segata Sanshiro
QuoteSteam should just remove Early Access from their network. it's not a good idea.
I have to completely disagree with this. While DF and others clearly abused the system, Early Access is a great initiative as a whole if you take into consideration some of the games it made possible:

Kerbal Space Program
Wasteland 2
Rust
Planitary Annihilation
Starbound
Prison Architect
etc.

In fact, if you look at the vast majority of early access games, they are brilliant and made possible thanks to the life line that is alpha funding. It's just a shame that companies like DF have to ruin it for the rest of them and cast doubt on their otherwise fantastic projects.

Rust is still unplayable on linux.
Hyeron 18 Sep, 2014
Is this World Customer Anal Treatment Week or what? Jesus Christ, this horsedung almost beats L0's. Their big picture thing makes it look like they're actually PROUD of having scammed everyone who bought the darn game.
Well played, DF.
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