Shame. Like many artists, some indie gamedevs feel ashamed of their old work, or it brings back bad memories for them (the latter is especially common when indies go out of business).
Laziness, or at least a desire to avoid needless work. It takes additional work to get a new Steam page up under a single dev’s name if the studio disappears, or to upload the game elsewhere where it can remain available. It’s work to go through all the licences the devs have to see whether they can just make the game freely available (some licences may require additional fees based on installbase and such). It’s easier to just close your store pages and your site and not think about it. Also, if even one person on the team doesn’t want the game to stay up, there’s not much the others can do about it.
I think you hit it on the head, removing means not needing to any kind of maintenance work. So no need to patch up for newer OS or improving optimizations, etc. Which of course makes sense if a studio is shut down and the team scattered, they may not be able to go back and do fix-ups of things that are outstanding.
Ara Fell is getting an Enhanced Edition due to an engine upgrade for their upcoming game. They decided to port the game to this new engine and added a bunch of new features and are re-releasing it.
If you own Ara Fell previously, you’ll get a free upgrade. The release is set to March 26th and the price will increase to $15, so if you want now, you can grab for $10 and get the upgrade later for free as well. There has been discounts before for the game, but now with the re-release we don’t know for sure when it’s going to get discounts again.
Here’s a list of the new features
Four new major side quests with areas to explore
New turn-based battle system
Overhauled UI; completely new menu system
Each character now can acquire an Ultimate Ability
Each character can choose one of two specialization classes, once unlocked
Every skill can be upgraded
Every skill can be augmented with one of two options, based on the specialization class (there are 80 skill augmentations in total!)
Crafting/economy overhaul - all new items, treasure, shops, etc
Foraging, mining, and diving for crafting materials
New enchanting system for adding stat bonuses to accessories
Supports the aspect ratios: 16:9, 16:10, 4:3
The game will automatically change its aspect ratio as the window is resized
New difficulty modes
Can enter water from any direction (instead of using sparkles)
New graphics (including lights, weather effects and shadows)
I’ve played for around 80% of the game a couple years ago, until something took my attention out of it. It’s a good game with an engaging story, satisfactory combat, bundled with nice atmosphere and music. I will probably give it another go after I finish the current game (hopefully).
I do recommend if you like JRPGs and cute pixel graphics. One of the best RPG Maker creations out there.
I came here to post about Alien Isolation but you all are quicker than me. I did pick myself up a copy as it has been siting in my wish list forever. Nice present for myself for finishing raking my yard today.