Please see the images below. I am on a Windows PC, and pre-purchased the alpha version of the game via Steam the first day it was available. Later on when the game "went live" I purchased the full version of the game, updated everything, played obsessively for a while, then left for a good time. At the time, the DLC was not available, survival/sandbox modes were not live, etc. From time to time I would come back, if new content like DLC was announced, and download/update with the new stuff. Eventually I collected all available updates, all DLC, etc., went through another round of playing obsessively, then left for a while, again.
Now I am returning to We Happy Few after a long absence. When I log into the game, I get the message, below, that I am running an alpha version of the game, and the first game page indicates there is a new update available. If I start a new game, my saves show as "sandbox mode" and I cannot access the skill tree.
I uninstalled the game, renamed the "we happy few" folder under steamapps/common, and completely re-downloaded and reinstalled from scratch. However, I still receive the "alpha version/new update available" messages.
(1) How can I make sure I am running the most current version of the game? If there is a new patch or other downloadable content, where do I find it? Shouldn't it update automatically from Steam?
(2) Why do my saves say "sandbox mode" and why can't I access my skill tree? My goal is to play through Story Mode again, start to finish. I no longer have options for different modes after the fresh reinstall, which in theory ought to mean I am in story mode, but the save files still say "sandbox mode."
I appreciate any clarity you can give me. Thank you in advance for your assistance.