Solely Up! Is a brutal janky platformer that blew up on Steam earlier this summer season after turning into a success with Twitch viewers. Plenty of controversies later, its creator has eliminated the sport from Valve’s digital storefront seemingly without end, saying they made quite a lot of errors and wish time to heal earlier than making their subsequent sport.
“The sport has saved me underneath quite a lot of stress all these months,” the sport’s developer, Indiesolodev, wrote in what seems to be the final update for Solely Up! (by way of PCGamesN). “Now I wish 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 sport about consistently ascending to new heights, Solely Up! launched again in Might and rose to recognition 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, nevertheless, 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.
Successful 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 pointed out on the time, the sport additionally gave the impression to be loosely affiliated with NFTs, from images of Goblintown tokens showing in ranges to the title itself which is a typical rallying cry amongst crypto scammers.
“What I would like now could be peace of thoughts and therapeutic,” Indiesolodev wrote in right this moment’s replace. “I plan to take a pause, and proceed my schooling in sport design and additional with new expertise and information to direct my energies to my subsequent sport.” They’re sophomore venture is presently titled “Kith,” which suggests pals or acquaintances, although it’s additionally the identify of a preferred streetwear model. Indiesolodev describes it as utterly totally different from Solely Up! with an emphasis on “cinematography.”
“This time I hope the venture shall be created by a small group,” they wrote. “This can be a difficult venture on which I wish to considerably enhance my abilities in sport design.”
Some gamers are already mourning Solely Up!’s sudden disappearance, asking why Indiesolodev didn’t simply resolve to provide it away free of charge. However many of the feedback on their replace are simply congratulating them for making a viral sport out of nowhere. “You probably did a unbelievable job with this sport and ought to be nothing however pleased with your self,” wrote the_drummernator. “I’ve had an ideal expertise with it up to now, and at last attending to the highest after many setbacks was very fulfilling.”