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Paul Tozour
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27/09/2016 5:36 pm  

We've received some inquiries regarding our policy of not offering or promising Steam keys to our itch.io customers.

A few customers have insisted that since other developers offer Steam keys to their non-Steam customers, that we should do so as well -- or that we should at least promise Steam keys in the future for our existing itch.io customers, once Aven Colony goes live on Steam.

However, Steam's terms of service are very clear that it's not acceptable to issue or even to promise Steam keys for a game that's not currently available for distribution on Steam.

Additionally, we've received direct clarification from Valve regarding this matter and have been assured that we CANNOT promise future Steam keys with a purchase.

From a Valve representative: "We have some exceptions for this with regards to crowdfunding, but if a customer is making a retail purchase for your game with the expectation of receiving a Steam key, it’s not okay to not also have the game available for Steam customers."

In short, we will release on Steam in 2017, and we recommend that customers who want to play the game on Steam wait for the full Steam release of Aven Colony in 2017. In the meantime, we will comply with Valve. Whether or not Steam keys become available for our existing itch.io customers at that point is Valve's decision and not ours.


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alien410
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26/11/2016 6:46 pm  

Just a quick question, I have been waiting for a game like this forever, anno 2205 is the closest thing in going to space but this game is the one I have been waiting for as far as city building games in science fiction form, and looking at the video and pictures this is perfect for what I am looking for, I want to purchase it, but I also purchase things on Steam, so my question is, if I pay for this now, is there a chance I might have to pay for it again in Steam or will the full version be available without going through steam since the game is bought, I am anxious to play this game, but I just want to make sure of what my options are. Thank you so much for responding


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Paul Tozour
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28/11/2016 8:26 pm  
Posted by: alien410

 

Just a quick question, I have been waiting for a game like this forever, anno 2205 is the closest thing in going to space but this game is the one I have been waiting for as far as city building games in science fiction form, and looking at the video and pictures this is perfect for what I am looking for, I want to purchase it, but I also purchase things on Steam, so my question is, if I pay for this now, is there a chance I might have to pay for it again in Steam or will the full version be available without going through steam since the game is bought, I am anxious to play this game, but I just want to make sure of what my options are. Thank you so much for responding

   

Heya Alien410!

Yes, right now we urge you to think of itch.io and Steam as two separate platforms.  So, if you want to play it on Steam, the best thing to do is wait for the full Steam launch.  There's always a chance Valve could allow us to give our itch.io customers Steam keys at some point in the future but right now, they have explicitly requested that we NOT do this or even promise it, so the best thing to do is wait for the full Steam launch.


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refflexx
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30/11/2016 4:22 am  

Hey there,

Super excited for this game, I heard/read somewhere it will cost more when released on steam. Is this true? If so, could I get an idea on how much more? Thanks!


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Paul Tozour
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05/12/2016 5:57 pm  
Posted by: refflexx

 

Hey there,

Super excited for this game, I heard/read somewhere it will cost more when released on steam. Is this true? If so, could I get an idea on how much more? Thanks!

   

The final price point on ALL platforms is expected to be $29.99.  We're currently offering a lower price on itch.io during the beta since the game is still in beta.


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smartmonkey777
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18/12/2016 8:29 pm  

I'm waiting for this to come out on steam , faster it comes out, the faster ill add this game to my collection, looks awesome so far .


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Wilendar
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25/12/2016 1:55 pm  

any news about steam keys ? I would buy it when it becomes on steam.


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PopeQ
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26/12/2016 1:35 pm  

Without steam key I will not purchase this game, but I will buy it with steam key! Why don't you guys release the game on steam as early-access game? Personally I don't understand why you guys have so much issues with this. Frontier had Planet Coaster released on the Frontier shop, once they released it on steam, we all received a steam key. 


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chcl011a22
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05/01/2017 2:15 am  

without the steam key, would i still get the updates from you but not steam?


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cTrix
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16/01/2017 9:50 am  

Similar games which have launched with different ways of distribution had never much issues getting onto steam eventually. There shouldn't be an issue getting steam keys later on for people who already bought the game. Steam wants people to use their platform.


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