Just two months after the early access launch, developer Joy Way has canceled work on VR roguelite Outlier.
The studio shared the news on its Discord channel last week, declaring that it had “overestimated the demand for this game” and “underestimated the complexity of the roguelike genre”. The game will be removed from Steam soon.
The studio reasoned that it would take another eight to 12 months to continue working on the project with “a slim chance that the project will someday achieve at least financial self-sufficiency.” Outlier was Joy Way’s fifth game announced in two years and the second project to be completely discontinued, the other being a puzzle game called Brains vs Zombies. The other three projects, Stride, Against and Time Hacker, are all in early access as well, though the latter title has seemingly not received an update in over a year.
Joy Way said customers should “feel free” to refund the game and contact Steam support if they need help.
Outlier offered roguelite action similar to flat screen games like Hades and Returnal, as well as VR games like Sweet Surrender and Until You Fall. You fought through areas of an alien planet with firearms and super powers to defend yourself. We found the game quite good at the early access launch, but noted that the developer’s tendency to release new prototype projects rather than finishing old ones started to become a problem.
“So more cautious optimism, but as this marks the fourth major early access release for Joy Way with a full game yet to launch, it’s high time the developer started consolidating some of this potential,” we said.
Joy Way, however, continues to work on Stride and Against. The latter just got an update that improves the flow of the game. Meanwhile, Stride recently disappeared from the Quest store for over a month when Meta removed apps from developers with “financial entities” in Russia. Joy Way told UploadVR it has “very few employees” left in Russia and Stride has since returned to the store, with its long-promised multiplayer mode still in the works.
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