April 15, 2024

Solely Up! Is a brutal janky platformer that blew up on Steam earlier this summer time after changing into successful with Twitch viewers. Numerous controversies later, its creator has eliminated the sport from Valve’s digital storefront seemingly without end, saying they made numerous errors and wish time to heal earlier than making their subsequent recreation.

“The sport has saved me below numerous stress all these months,” the sport’s developer, Indiesolodev, wrote in what seems to be the ultimate replace for Solely Up! (through PCGamesN). “Now I need to put the sport behind me. And sure. the sport gained’t be obtainable within the Steam retailer quickly, that’s what I made a decision myself.” The sport now reveals as “not obtainable” on its retailer web page, although gamers who already bought it nonetheless have entry.

A parkour recreation about consistently ascending to new heights, Solely Up! launched again in Could and rose to reputation in June with over 10,000 concurrent gamers and 90,000 viewers on Twitch. Critiques of the sport’s precise high quality have been blended, nonetheless, with some gamers praising the surreal and capricious 3D platforming whereas others critiqued its glitchy physics and hasty design stuffed with what gave the impression to be low cost asset flips.

Picture: Indiesolodev

A success amongst Twitch streamers who discovered viewers have been drawn to it as a form of voyeuristic failure porn, Solely Up! was nonetheless briefly pulled from Steam for a day in July after it was accused of stealing one other developer’s copyrighted 3D anime mannequin. As PC Gamer identified on the time, the sport additionally gave the impression to be loosely affiliated with NFTs, from photographs of Goblintown tokens showing in ranges to the title itself which is a standard rallying cry amongst crypto scammers.

“What I would like now could be peace of thoughts and therapeutic,” Indiesolodev wrote in right now’s replace. “I plan to take a pause, and proceed my training in recreation design and additional with new expertise and data to direct my energies to my subsequent recreation.” They’re sophomore challenge is at the moment titled “Kith,” which suggests associates or acquaintances, although it’s additionally the title of a well-liked streetwear model. Indiesolodev describes it as utterly completely different from Solely Up! with an emphasis on “cinematography.”

“This time I hope the challenge will probably be created by a small workforce,” they wrote. “This can be a difficult challenge on which I need to considerably enhance my expertise in recreation design.”

Some gamers are already mourning Solely Up!’s surprising disappearance, asking why Indiesolodev didn’t simply determine to provide it away without cost. However a lot of the feedback on their replace are simply congratulating them for making a viral recreation out of nowhere. “You probably did a incredible job with this recreation and must be nothing however happy with your self,” wrote the_drummernator. “I’ve had an ideal expertise with it to this point, and at last attending to the highest after many setbacks was very fulfilling.”