‘Only Up!’ Permanently Removed From Steam Due To Creator Stress

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Only Up! took the world by storm when it debuted on Steam towards the end of May. As one of the most simple (and irritating) games ever seen, the sole premise of Only Up! was to climb a cacophonic, haphazard stack of random items as high as possible, ultimately reaching the top of the pile and finishing the game as fast as one could.

It became the centre of attention because almost every content creator in the game was jumping on it, resulting in some hilarious results. Now, it has been sadly revealed that Only Up! has been permanently deleted from Steam after less than four months on the market, with the game’s creator citing a need to ‘put the game behind them’.

Gone For Good

If you already grabbed Only Up! before it was removed, then you’re in luck – you’ve secured a piece of gaming history. However, for any users looking to get involved with Only Up! now and start climbing that heap of detritus, the game simply doesn’t exist on the Steam launcher anymore.

With 13,004 ‘Mostly Positive’ reviews on Steam, there’s no doubt that Only Up! was a roaring success. It was priced at around $6 and it was estimated that during its relatively short lifetime, it racked up around $2.6 million in revenue.

In the most recent update before the game was delisted from Steam, the developer wrote:

I’m a solo developer and this game is my first experience in Gamedev, a game I did for creativity, to test myself, and where I made a lot of mistakes. The game has kept me under a lot of stress all these months. Now I want to put the game behind me.

It’s not the end of the road for the solo developer, though – there’s an all-new game in the works named ‘Kith’, which ‘Indiesolodev’ stressed will be an all-new experience and a new concept with realism at its core. There’s also a note that suggests this next game will be built with a team, hopefully with the goal of avoiding the crushing stress of running a project like this as a solo operator.

Did you ever manage to get to the top of the pile in Only Up!?

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