Frostpunk 2 was announced a week ago with a teaser smile, a brief synopsis of the new setup: coal is out, oil is in and no release date. 11 Bit Studios warned that the game is still "fairly early in development," and will probably be a long way off. That hasn’t stopped online retailer Kinguin from offering “preorder Steam CD keys” on sale, prompting a very strong 11-bit response that urged fans not to buy them.
Actually, the keys are being sold by G2Play, which is part of Kinguin, both merged in 2020, and on the pages of both sites it is notified that the purchase is strictly prior and that the keys will not be delivered until the game is published, as long as it is. Currently, they will go for a CDN price of $ 47, which would seem to be about $ 40, which is perhaps not reasonable, but also totally arbitrary, as the official prices of Frostpunk 2 have not yet been set.
11 Bit Studios took note of this point in their response. "We still don't know the price of our game, we don't have a key," the study said. "Some SHITTY SCAMMER sell Frostpunk 2 on pre-order under the umbrella of another CROOK Kinguin ?! Retweet and make noise to stop it."
"As an added addition to our ad about scammers: they have a PEGI rating while we don't know it yet! , but that's ridiculous. "
ANNOUNCE! We still don’t know the price of our game, we don’t have any keys. Are some SHITTY SCAMMERS selling Frostpunk 2 in advance under the umbrella of another CROOK Kinguin? Media people? @Gameinformer @pcgamer @eurogamer @gamestar_de pic.twitter.com/sx7uX6sciqAugust 19, 2021
For the record, the trailer indicates that Frostpunk 2 will be available on Steam, Epic Games Store and GOG.
Kinguin is a “key dealer,” which is essentially a digital marketplace where everyone can sell game keys. Resellers can be a bit wild: they offer people a way to make a few bucks in excess of keys collected, for example, in a humble package, but they are also open to less scrupulous behavior. G2A is probably the most famous of the group: it has been accused of fraudulent behavior by studios like Gearbox, TinyBuild and Unknown Worlds, and other independent developers have gone so far as to ask the cheap to hack their games instead of buying them from the reseller. .
This particular situation is, at best, baffling: the listing says the keys "will be delivered on the game's release date," but that it could be -according to 11 Bit studies- literally years, and because the price not set, it is very possible that people will end up paying more through Kinguin than they would if they ended up going directly to Steam or Epic. It’s clearly meant to take advantage of people who don’t pay attention or just don’t know anything better.
"We used bitter words but for no reason; technically speaking, they sell something that doesn't exist," 11 Bit Studios said in a statement. "We have access to the game in its current state for internal testing, of course, but we don't generate keys that can be sold, exchanged and given players access to the game."
"Most importantly, we haven't even started a pre-order campaign. This means that the false information Kinguin puts here can cause a lot of problems when Frostpunk 2 is officially available for purchase. This could include a reaction to us about Kinguin & # 39; s pre-orders and their game price taken from the space if the official price of the pre-order is different.We could also receive complaints from people who bought these non-existent Kinguin keys from time to time. both struggling to get their keys along the way. "
11 Bit Studios said they’d like to see industry-wide action against this kind of thing, and in the meantime you can try to get the Frostpunk 2 backup page removed. ”But they’ll probably just ignore us, because that’s something they do with other games, ”he said. "Any legal action can be extremely difficult, as it is probably for a reason, a company registered in Hong Kong.