@Hinterland releasing a gimped demo doesn't mean you've released the game. The game is over a year behind schedule I believe. The only people you're fooling is yourself. Your backers are very aware that no game has been released.
GOG provides all the same and much more (and it's DRM-Free) - so it's better. :)
You don't need to install dozen of services and clients to run games, you only need one. Steam, the one true gaming platform, embrace it! :P
... but more seriously, please try to understand that Steam is used by developers because it offers a genuine, massive advantage to developers by providing an automatic distribution network to deploy updates. While still building up a game, this a huge advantage as developers can now push out updates more frequently to add content or fix bugs. Pushing out a steam update might be a 20 minute job for them, while preparing a standalone installer might take a whole day. (Yes, really, I'm a software dev and have plenty of experience preparing release packages of software.) It's no co-incidence that a feature like Early Access only appeared after the Steam platform matured - it is simply not viable to do this kind of gradual release of new features without a platform like Steam to support it.
We promised non-Steam distributions at full Story Mode launch and we intend to live up to that promise. We'll have more to say on that shortly.
I don't want to install dozens of services and clients just to run games.
GOG or standalone installers - this is DRM-Free. Steam - not DRM-Free.
If the game is DRM-Free - then we want to see it on GOG. How about this? :)
I for one am stoked you've opened this store; looking forward to ordering a hoody and an extra large Hinterland mug to keep me warm while playing my DRM-free TLD.
Keep up the phenomenal work Hinterland! You folks are amazing!
@lokoracer, @benjamin: All backer goods -- posters, prints, t-shirts, etc. -- were sent out long ago. If you backed for any of those goods and didn't receive them, please contact us so we can sort it out.
In fact, we gave all backers who ordered t-shirts an *extra* shirt as an extra thank you.
All the store items are new items, completely different than the ones offered to backers during our Kickstarter campaign.
Re: DRM-free: The game is currently DRM-free. You download it from Steam (for distribution only) and then can run it any time you like. You only use Steam to get the updates. In the future, we'll likely offer non-Steam distros, but as far as the game being DRM-free, it has always been so.
Yeah, I generally like these updates, but this is gross. The public can buy the game via Steam before we get our DRM-free copies, and now they can get the t-shirts before us.
This is a punch in the junk to your backers. Where the hell are our pledges?