was first unveiled several years ago, the promise of a free-to-play open world winter sports title sounded intriguing. Like a lot of free-to-play titles, the game first entered Early Access in October 2013 where players could gain early access to the title by purchasing one of the Founders Packs. The game changed to a full free-to-play title in 2015 while still remaining in Early Access. Unfortunately, a recent blog post by developer Poppermost Games seems to suggest that this situation might not ever change.
The picture painted by Poppermost's CEO and game director Alexander Bergendahl isn't pretty. Put simply, the game struggled to reach profitability since its release as a free to play title. Last winter, the team even tried to implement Ski Passes on the platform to increase revenue, despite knowing that this might upset their fans. The move wasn't successful.
With funds starting to run short, the team resorted to third party consulting work temporarily. There did seem to be a silver lining on the horizon when a larger game developer showed interest in acquiring the developer and the game, but then that fell through in April and resulted in the unfortunate redundancy of almost all staff at the studio.
The future of the game now looks uncertain. The remaining two employees at the studio don't want the game to die, but unless new talks with various developers and publishers are successful, the game doesn't seem to have a future. Unless things change, the game will never leave Early Access on Steam. Here at TrueSteamAchievements, we sincerely hope this isn't the case and that Poppermost Games manages to find themselves a successful resolution in the future.