The release date for Kerbal Space Program 2 has recently become known – the sequel to the space simulator should be released in early access next year. And today, publisher Private Division has released an update that adds a new launcher and Kerbal Space Program to keep fans up to date on KSP 2 news, as well as allowing them to leave feedback after the game launches.
However, as you can imagine, the players did not like this decision. On the game’s official Steam page, recent reviews have been negative. Fans are accusing Private Division of using this launcher to “slip DRM into an eleven year old game” and collecting additional data from players in highly negative discussions.
Fans have also pointed out problems with the launcher, such as mod support not working and not being able to close the launcher after shutting down the game, though we haven’t experienced any issues ourselves with it left open. Disabling the launcher via the GUI is also not possible; you need to add a custom command to the Steam shortcut that points directly to the game, bypassing the launcher.
Over the past few months, this is not the only example of adding a launcher to a game on Steam that has caused the ire of fans. 2K recently released a “quality of life update” for BioShock Infinite that added a new launcher with a “store to buy new content.” 2K then commented on the update, acknowledging the “potential implications” associated with it and reiterating that “the player experience is paramount.”
It’s worth noting that Private Division is, of course, owned by the same parent company as 2K, Take-Two Interactive. This issue is similar to the one that fans of Civilization VI encountered when launching the game, which resulted in similar requests to 2K to uninstall the program, as well as fans detailing how to uninstall the program themselves. Looks like Take-Two doesn’t learn from their mistakes when it comes to launchers, huh?