First off, before anything
else is said, I'd like to state that we are absolutely not stopping development on Centration. In fact, we’re ramping it up. Every single person who has Centration will continue to have Centration; will continue to be able to play it, and will continue to be able to update and test new builds.
We are not however prepared to continue selling an unfinished and unplayable product on Steam; even in Early Access.
Everyone Keeps the Game
As stated, everyone who has already bought the game will keep it. Nobody will lose the game, and you’ll have the updated version of the game once it goes back on the store. It may disappear from your Library, but you will still own the game.
Everyone who’s already got the game will receive a new product in their Steam Library. The Centration Closed Alpha. This product will stay in your inventory until the game is more playable and we are comfortable selling Centration again.
You are absolutely free to install this version and help us test. We ask, however, that if you do, you agree to a testing agreement with us, provide regular feedback and take part in bug testing.
We intend to build a small testing community based on our forums and bugtracker that’ll allow us to better observe and control the development with as much community feedback as possible.
Further information on testing and getting access to the Closed Alpha will be available within the next week. Please note, as a requirement, in order to access the Closed Alpha, you’ll need the following:
- Centration Forums account
- Ownership of Centration prior to its removal from the Steam Store
- To agree to the closed alpha testing agreement and non-disclosure agreement.
We believe that Early Access is a platform for developers to deliver their games at an early stage of development and improve and expand upon them with feedback from the Steam community. With that in mind, we as a team feel it is unfair to deliver Centration on that platform in its current state.
While we do require a source of revenue to keep our services alive, we fully acknowledge that selling an unfinished and unusable product is not the way to do it.
Secondly, we would like to take a step back from worrying about pushing out regular stable updates and delivering content to the public and focus our full attention on making an amazing game.
How long will Centration be off the Steam store?
For as long as it takes. Our current development plan leads us into having playable features towards Q4 of 2015 but as anyone who knows us is aware, we don’t do deadlines. It may take us up to a year to push Centration to a playable level and we don’t want to continue selling an unfinished product in the meantime.
How will we follow development?
With the focus on delivering content through stable updates taken away, we’ll be able to put our community team towards delivering you weekly devblogs, regular developer streams and you are all welcome to join our forums and Teamspeak and chat with us whenever you like. (Details below)
When will this happen?
We anticipate the change to happen sometime between now and the next 48 hours. We’re making a few internal changes to our website and backend to support this action.
How can I contribute financially to the project?
As we mentioned above, we’re not comfortable selling a product at such an early stage without a playable level of gameplay. If you still feel you want to contribute to the project, you’ll be able to pre-purchase Centration on our website; and even apply to join the closed testing groups.
To conclude, we’ve all learned a lot from this project so far and made more than our fair share of mistakes along the way. We hope to rectify the situation and improve the way we work and develop over the next few months, in order to produce the game we’ve been envisioning for nearly three years now.
I’d like to thank every single one of you for your continued support and patience with the Centration project and hope that you support us in our decision today.
See you on the other side!
Angry Engineers Entertainment
Teamspeak URL: centrationgame.com