The Stomping Land was removed from Steam in September after developer Alex Fundora went silent and didn’t update the game for several months.
The once-super-popular dinosaur survival game is now available again on Early Access for $25 on PC.
While Fundora seems to have returned to active, public development, there are still some things you should know before jumping in.
1. Fundora made almost no attempt to communicate when it was most important
When the game was presumably switching to Unreal Engine 4, Fundora went almost completely silent. He never responded to any of our emails, he never posted in the game’s forums, he never wrote anything on the game’s Kickstarter page, and he never updated the game’s Twitter account. He did email Kotaku, but that was still three months after going silent. The most we got out of him was from a second-hand source: an artist’s DeviantArt comment thread.
When you raise $114,000 on Kickstarter and release your game on Steam Early Access promising frequent updates, people expect you to communicate. And there’s a chance he could drop out again.
2. And we’re still a year out from the game being finished
If you’re worried about Fundora going silent again, it’s important to remember that the game isn’t going to be close to finished until the end of 2015, according to the Steam page.
As with any Early Access game, you have the option of waiting until it’s further into development. This might be one of the game’s worth really considering that, because, not only does it have a way to go, there’s also a chance it might go stagnant again.
The game is dependent on an online community to take part in its multiplayer survival action, like DayZ, and it’s since dropped out of being one of the top 100 most-played games on Steam. It might be a good idea to give it some time to get more players back.
3. The recent updates have been consistent
On the plus side of The Stomping Land’s return is Fundora’s consistent updates since his return late last month.
The game has been getting updates almost every week with additions like new dinosaurs, crafting items, balance fixes, and user interface changes. Fundora even has a roadmap for the rest of the year, which includes tribes, development on the game’s “longterm gameplay”, and cosmetic changes.
This is how Early Access development should be, but lets hope Fundora will keep at it.