Well I was super excited for this game. It had a nice rpg and magic twist to it. Felt nice, was nice, kept me busy a while and I loved having objects in the game. I also loved the fact that objects could auto connect and it's placement. I loved that you didn't need to be infront of a wiki for it because it taught you how to play through an extensive tutorial and what you could and couldn't craft. I loved the concept and the idea. It's look was amazing and fresh. It felt fun playing it. These guys truly have a unique and stylish way to make their games. Their work shows. They could of at least come out and offer some closure or some sort of status update on this project. I am certainly a fan of their art work and style regardless of their current progress.
However I have to change my review because its been nearly 7 months and nothing has really been done. It feels as if the devs are too busy working on other games they currently own. I will keep tabs on it because I really did enjoy it for awhile. Defense Grid 2 is eating up all of their time. Obviously they will work on what is more profitable for them. Both of these games are by "hidden path entertainment". http://store.steampowered.com/app/221540/
Probably because they have more help and money with it as it is not just like this game where they are putting it out themselves. Looks like "505 games" published their defense grid 2 game. On their other game, it looks like financially they are better since they have more help. However it is a shame because this game could of been something different to sandbox games and it had far less limitations for those creative people out there.
I do NOT feel cheated for what I paid for it because I felt the game was really fairly priced for their idea and their work they had put into it when this came to early access. Not ruling out "hidden path entertainment" as of yet even though I will not be buying their defense grid 2 because I am NOT into those types of games. Still hoping for a come back on this game. It was truly unique. They are not a fraud or lazy. Their passion and work shows on their projects. I was also looking forward to their island defense system which never came either.
I suggest just keeping tabs on it if you are interested but it looks and feels as if it might end up being a dead end project so don't purchase it just yet. :)
EDIT & UPDATE: 01-16-15, Friday.
So here is the latest from the steam community. The CEO of windborne came out and said on reddit what was going on and finally provided an excuse as to what is going on with thier early access game of windborne. http://steamcommunity.com/app/221560/discussions/0/616198623982526955/
The fans read it and quickly alerted the steam users who bought the game through steam since they were not willing to update steam as per their sales first. The reddit post can be read here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2rvl91/i_am_jeff_pobst_ceo_of_hidden_path_entertainment/
Updates will be done to the game yearly. As I predicted, it lacks investors and their defense grid 2 game has them. They will be doing what is profitable to them which is understandable. While others consider this game done, I have hope they will revive it if maybe they had financial backing. This made some steam users upset and others who wanted to buy the game, quickly changed their mind. This is just adding on to early access frustration of gamers that are being even more cautious now about when to spend their money for early access steam games.
Captain Kaboom who we saw show-casing the game recently on twitch along with their defense grid 2 game, has stated that today is her last day at HiddenPath Entertainment. That can be read here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/221560/discussions/0/616199347850210316/
Captain Kaboom will be missed.
Seems like there is some in house drama going on that is leading to more of their skeleton crew crisis for their products / projects. The issue now is the advertisement and what they said they will include in the game such as their pvp defense island verses island feature and several other features that may actually never even make it. The CEO was sure to state his background history with employment but it was a bit irrelevant to the current matter as no updates were given within 7 to 8 months. They will certaining need to revise their promises or what is offered for that game so that it markets properly due to their current financial state with the game.
In addition, I wish game devs realized that they should have some responsiblity with a game they claim to be working on when they quickly take the consumers funds and then back out of their deal. The other thing they need to realize is that if you don't do what you say you were going to do, your reputation will follow you & your fans will remember you. Last but not least, it is hurting early access devs with their products when you run into so many games that never get seen to completition. Early access is a BUYER'S BEWARE MARKET. Remember to gamble at your own risk.
With that being said, the game devs should also not take their fans for granted. Word of mouth is a scary thing that can backfire. Devs needs to know that they should be careful and a bit more considerate of their market. After all no one has forced them to make a game & market it to gamers who would of never even missed a game they didn't try or like, if they didn't know existed to begin with. No one is making them at gun point, sit for countless hours and make a game. They offer it all on their own. Many of these game devs are saying there is no money to keep funding the game, but they knew what they were getting into when they picked how to market their game and who to offer it too. I am certainly not upset about it because is always to be expected with these early access games. For this reason I do not recommend any game that feels semi-abandoned as a product and project to anyone. If anything don't be mad at the game devs that can take potentially take off with your money. Instead wonder or question steam's policies in these matters.