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Fractured Souls arrives on PC today despite “Greenlight limbo”

Tuesday, 25th February 2014 03:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Fractured Souls hasn’t yet made it past the gatekeepers at Steam Greenlight, but the 3DS platformer is releasing on PC anyway. Developer Endgame Studios will release a DRM-free version on Desura, GOG and through a Humble Bundle checkout for $10, kicking off when February 25 hits the US. “We’re stuck in Greenlight limbo,” the team wrote in an update on Steam. “With such a niche hardcore game as Fractured Soul, we don’t have the audience size of more mainstream titles, and we don’t have zombies in our game.”

Thanks, CVG.

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3 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Greenlight is odd, since the gatekeepers are the community, and it’s prey to popular appeal. The gatekeepers are, essentially, everyone. You, me, everyone who votes. Of course, this also means that what gets through is based upon popular opinion rather than any other kind of merit.

    That in and of itself may be why Valve are looking to change it into something better. Then again, thankfully these are only Steam problems. The PC in and of itself doesn’t have omnipresent gatekeepers. Don’t like Steam? Okay! There are way too many other distributors out there.

    And some, like the Humble Store, are willing to sell anything.

    I think that Greenlight is Valve showing that they’re trying, but they’re not really trying hard enough, yet. I’m going to be interested in seeing what they replace it with. As it is, Greenlight feels like a massive social experiment in making everyone gatekeepers.

    I’ve often expressed my opinions about gatekeepers — I don’t like them. Thankfully the gatekeepers of Steam only extend as far as Steam. Even when those gatekeepers happen to be all of us.

    Though I will say that it is perhaps the most democratic system of gatekeeping, but again, what’s popular isn’t a valid metric of quality. So, yeah, despite being less insidious, it’s still a thing that could be better. Honestly, I think that Valve would be better off going for Humble Bundle’s approach and allowing anyone to stock through Steam.

    And instead of voting for something to get on Steam, perhaps they could use a system of votes and purchases to decide upon front page advertising priorities, maybe.

    Thankfully, this isn’t a problem I have to solve. 8D

    And it’s not really an issue, either. I remember one bundle proudly being a ‘Not Greenlit’ bundle, and that did really, stupendously well. I think that if people handle their own promotion properly, they don’t even need Steam. Steam is for those who don’t want to do that.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. LordSkyline

    @#1

    Thankfully Valve also knows that Greenlight is flawed and needs to go the way of the dodo, we’ll have to see how long it will take them to implement what ever better System they have in the works. Let’s hope that one does solve the issues without amassing a huge set of new ones.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Stardog

    The Humble Bundle doesn’t allow anyone in, they are like pre-Greenlight Steam just with a lower quality threshold.

    Greenlight must die. Open up, Valve.

    #3 9 months ago

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