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Planetary Annihilation's $90 Alpha

Steam News announces that Planetary Annihilation is now available as an early access title. This is causing quite a stir thanks to the $89.99 price it carries, which is steep for a finished game, much less a pre-beta. They include a note somewhat addressing this, explaining that this is the price they told their Kickstarter backers that early access would command:

Our pricing for this stage of early access was determined by our Kickstarter. The stages of our early access for ALL users, which was determined during our Kickstarter, is:

June through August: $90 for early alpha access, during the time where we're still locking down features and making tweaks to the flow of the game. This access is permanent access - you will be able to play through alpha, beta and on through retail. (Galactic Edition Equivalent with all addons)

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70. Re: Planetary Annihilation's $90 Alpha Jun 15, 2013, 15:05 Beamer
 
Why would people want access to an alpha of a game like Torrent, or any RPG? Everything would be broken, you'd hit gamebreaking moments, you'd likely have to start all over a few times, and you'd definitely have to start all over for the actual launch, but you'd be doing a lot of repeat things to begin.

Sounds tedious.

For action games, though, and particularly for multiplayer games, it makes some sense. When the full game hits you're already a veteran.
 
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