Prior to launch, developer Madmind Studio had to cut some content out of its ultra-violent and gory first-person horror game Agony to avoid it receiving an Adults Only rating. It then promised to release an uncensored content patch for the PC version of the game, only to back down on those promises due to unspecified legal reasons. Then Steam changed its policies, and the uncensored patch was back on, only to once again be cancelled, this time due to both legal and financial reasons.
Unfortunately for Agony fans and crowdfunders who would like more information, Madmind Studio didn’t offer any other details about the uncensored patch’s second cancellation. However, it did say that “part of the team” will continue developing patches to improve the version of the game that already exists, with a patch this week adding a “highly refined lighting system,” despite the studio’s apparent financial struggles.
Madmind citing financial troubles as one of the reasons why Agony is no longer receiving its uncensored patch on PC could be an indication that the horror game has not sold well. This may not come as a surprise to those who have been following the game, as it suffered an abrupt delay right before its intended launch, and then it finally released to overwhelmingly negative reviews.
For horror fans, Agony‘s poor reviews and apparently weak sales may be disappointing. After all, the game looked rather promising in the months leading up to its launch, with various gameplay trailers showing off its disturbing environments and legitimately terrifying enemy designs. Agony‘s ultra-difficult mode also sounded appealing, as it was set to make the game even more nerve-wracking.
It’s unfortunate that Agony has seemingly failed to live up to the hype, and that the uncensored patch has been cancelled yet again. However, it’s worth pointing out that this is the second time that the uncensored content patch has been cancelled, so there is a possibility, though slim, that Madmind Studio will reverse its decision yet again. Fans of Agony will just have to wait and see what happens, and check out the quality of life patches the studio releases in the meantime.
Agony is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Madmind Studio