Apparently, it’s your own fault that Dark Matter had such an anti-climactic ending. Fans of the Metroidvania-style sci-fi title were surprised when – after hours of gaming – they were faced with a simple black title card describing the final scenes. Now, fingers are being pointed at the game’s failed crowd-funding drive.
No, the full story is indeed not complete yet because originally we wanted a longer game (12-16 hours) but couldnt finish it completely due to time and money (and Kickstarter failing). So, we choose to go with a 6-8 hour game instead to bring something out to the world and show everyone the world of Dark Matter.
Developer Beastman also jumped in on the forums in an attempt to clear up any confusion, explaining that Dark Matter was “originally planned to be a self-funded game”, but the team wanted to elaborate more on the immersive storyline. This “larger, more epic title” would be a fully-fledged game, selling for $30.
…but then, the Dark Matter Kickstarter failed, raising only around 12% of the game’s £50,000 goal. The team considered releasing the game as a budget-priced episodic series, where each new instalment relied on the success of the previous one.
What actually emerged was a sort of hybrid of both these ideas. There are currently no real plans for a sequel or futher episodes, but Beastman claims the game is “a finished project”.
We would like to stress that the game is exactly as described on Steam (including that it contains 14 levels) – it is simply not true that the game is unfinished, or unplayable. Some people have misquoted the developer as having admitted that the game is incomplete; we should reiterate that what was meant was that this is not the $30 full-priced game, but the episodic budget version (currently selling at $13,49 at 10% off).
Fans, understandably, are less-than-impressed, despite the developers promising to release a patch to “improve” the ending.