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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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74. Re: Planetary Annihilation's $90 Alpha Jun 15, 2013, 17:44 Krizzen
Ozmodan wrote on Jun 15, 2013, 13:50:
This is the little guy using MAJOR shenanigans to scam money out of people for a alpha. Do you know how many games never make it out of alpha, many of the indie games never do.

If you want to be an outright fool and support them, go ahead, while the rest of us laugh at you.

Not really. I don't think this is a case where folks have pledged an absurd amount of money to some random Joe's Game Dev Shack. These guys atleast have some history in the genre. From the Kickstarter: "Total Annihilation, Command & Conquer, Supreme Commander and Demigod"

I agree with your notion that there's a possibility all the Kickstarter funds and now Steam funds they receive may completely go to waste. The consequences if Uber Entertainment fails are very, VERY grim. I think the whole Kickstarter (and early alpha/beta) path is high risk, high reward for both parties. In the end, folks can only hope the developer delivers on their promises. If not, then their next round of crowdsourced funding probably won't happen.

I think participating in early alphas/betas is something lots of people do mostly for the experience, and the thought that they somehow participated in the development of (hopefully) one of their favorite games. It has less to do with actual early access to the final game, since that's not what it's all about. So, if you think it's a scam, you might want to read the fine print.

This comment was edited on Jun 15, 2013, 17:53.
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