News: Mike Bithell, the developer behind indie puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone has explained why his game isn’t yet available on the PC’s largest digital games platform, Steam.
Thomas Was Alone is a rather good indie puzzle platformer – in fact so good that Jeremy Peel gave it 8.5 in the BeefJack review – which was released yesterday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t released on the single largest games distribution service on the PC, Steam.
In a very interesting Reddit AMA (well worth a read in it’s entirety), developer Mike Bithell explained the simple reason why: “I think there’s one big reason: I submitted too late.”
“So I submitted about 2-3 months ago, despite every indie out there telling me that it would take longer and several tries. They’ve not turned it down, but they’ve got a ridiculous backlog, so I imagine my application is sat in a spreadsheet somewhere.”
“Hopefully, with the reviews and coverage it’s getting someone at Steam will check that spreadsheet, I’d love to get on there.”
When a commenter mentioned the possibility that it may be being held back till after the upcoming Steam Summer sale, Bithell said: “Haven’t been told that personally, but yeah, I’m sure they have a structure to work around.. which is absolutely fair enough ”
The game is however available right now on Desura and IndieCity, and you can find out more and try out a free demo over at the official Thomas Was Alone website.