Remember No Man’s Sky and all the furore surrounding its release compared to the vast expectations heaped upon it? Well Valve are taking a step that should help reduce some of those feelings in future.
They’re revising their guidelines so that once Discovery Update 2.0 is released in the near future, all store pages should feature in-game screenshots, as opposed illustrations or concept art. They’re leading the charge themselves, updating the DOTA 2 page to reflect the changing rules.
“We haven’t been super crisp on guidelines for screenshots in the past,” Valve note in their guidelines, “so we’d like to take this opportunity to clarify some rules in this space. When the ‘screenshot’ section of a store page is used for images other than screenshots that depict the game, it can make it harder for customers to understand what the product is that they are looking at.”
The important next step is to ensure that these screenshots are updated in the run up to a game’s release. You could quite easily argue that the screenshots on the Steam page for No Man’s Sky were indicative of the game and where it was heading early on during development, but weren’t properly updated as planned features changed over the course of development. That’s what sparked so much of the anger and resentment towards the game when it was released. Still, it’s a good and positive step by Valve.