It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on with Confederate Express and yesterday’s change in business model isn’t helping much. To recap, just over a week ago, the alleged Kickstarter scam Confederate Express returned after around three years of silence on the part of its developers, who were also accused of being Airbnb squatters. A new build featuring one playable character and three levels was made available, with backers receiving keys for exclusive access in the days following its return. Oddly, it was Mac-only at first, but a Windows build was made available on September 4th, the game was made available for purchase for $20, and the game’s development progress was detailed, with programmer Dennis Pashanin seemingly implying that all that was left to do was put together the content that was already made. Previous announcements had stated that the team would work quickly, with new content set to be added to the build regularly until it was finished in late 2017.
Yesterday, Kilobite reduced the price of the backer-exclusive, then not backer-exclusive preview build to free and relabeled it a demo. It’s unclear whether this version will receive updates or if a new, backer-exclusive version will be made available in the near future. Ultimately, it’s an odd move, all things considered, and I’m inclined to say that it doesn’t bode well. However, for the time being, you can, in fact, download the game and play it free of charge, even if there isn’t much there yet.
We’ll be sure to update this post if any further information is made available.