Gray Skies: A Story of a World War was released in November 2020 to universally negative reception, and after more than two years away, its main developer has once again apologized for releasing a bad game and tried to make things right with a free remaster free
Recently Nathan Seedhouse from developer Steel Arts Software posting update to Gray Skies Steam page “dealing with poor reception.” The key takeaway is straight up front – “a remastered version is on the way and will be available for free to all who purchased” – but the whole post is a bit odd. (If you’re confused by the IP attachment, War of the Worlds is popular.)
“After a few years of terrible personal issues that kept me away from development, I came back to find that Gray Skies has problems, and that it was reviewed very poorly,” says Seedhouse. “I didn’t know how bad it was until recently.”
For context, Gray Skies is sitting at 33% positive on Steam and 2.2 stars on the Xbox store. The negative reviews weren’t a big secret, and responses to the game have been negative ever since reveal PlayStation show soonso I have no idea what kind of rabbit hole you’d have to fall down to miss reception so far.
However, Seedhouse continues: “I came back to it with fresh eyes after more than two years and I fully understand the issues that most people took with it. I still think we made a decent game about these issues .So I’m remastering the game.with new technologies available, and my own improved knowledge of the development.I will carefully read all the concerns and address each one, paying close attention to the most common complaints, such as clunky movement and frustrating stealth features.”
“I hope it goes some way to correcting the mistakes we’ve made in this regard and that some of you might be willing to give it another try,” the post concludes. The original version of the game in particular will be removed from future sale, and some Steam users are already calling for a “final sale” as a last hoorah.
How and when Seedhouse itself – it’s unclear how large the development team was or if anyone else is returning here – will be able to remaster this entire game yet, let alone what players will consider lapsed or have not decided to try to be maligned. a combination of stealth and survival. Still, I think the sign itself is a positive sign, and a fairly rare one at that. It’s a late, out-of-nowhere, and arguably dangerously ambitious, but positive sign.
This is not the first time this year that a developer has apologized for releasing a bad game. The Lord of the Rings said: Gollum’s studio too the whole situation was unfortunate.