Kinguin’s pre-order Frostpunk 2 last week attracted an important reflection of the game’s developer 11 Bit Studios. 11 Bit Studios issued a stern statement, “A shitty scammer, another rogue is pre-ordering Frostpunk 2 under the umbrella of Kinguin?! Let’s raise our voices to stop this”.
Saying, “We don’t even know the price of our game now, we don’t have the game code,” 11 Bit Studios didn’t like the fact that a game that had no release date, age rating or price was put up for sale. “They’re selling something that doesn’t exist,” the message said.
In response, Kinguin apologized for the “unconfirmed information” in the listing, but did not remove the game from sale in the first place. There was even the now nonexistent PEGI rating on the list, whatever page they’ve made now.
As a next step, Kinguin removed some of the information on the page and said that “edits have been made so that visitors can clearly understand that the game is only pre-ordered”.
Although 11 Bit Studios wasn’t happy with the outcome, they dropped out, saying it would be pretty strong to file a lawsuit against Kinguin. After all, it is not easy to deal with a company headquartered in Hong Kong, but when important reflections came from the players outside of 11 Bit Studios, Kinguin published a statement and removed the Frostpunk 2 page.
Kinguin didn’t mention Frostpunk 2 in his statement, but said “we will review our criteria for pre-ordering on Kinguin.net based on feedback we’ve received from the gaming community over the past week.”
The problem seems to be resolved for now.