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Steam Opens Early Access

Steam announces a new Early Access games on Steam program, highlighting games being offered in prerelease form:

March 20, 2013 -- Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the addition of an Early Access section to Steam's library of over 2,000 titles.

Steam Early Access titles allow the community to get involved early and play select titles during their development. The goal of Early Access is to provide gamers with the chance to "go behind the scenes" and experience the development cycle firsthand and, more importantly, have a chance to interact with the developers by providing them feedback while the title is still being created.

To support the interaction between Early Access players and developers, Steam offers easy and automatic updating of games, letting developers iterate quickly to respond directly to bug reports and feedback from customers. And, like all Steam games, Early Access players will be able to interact with other players, making it easy to create and share screenshots, tips, and in-depth guides.

"A lot of games are already operating as ongoing services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community," said Sean Pollman of Badland Studio. "Greenlight helped us raise awareness for Kinetic Void, and now Steam Early Access will let us continue the development of our game while gathering crucial feedback, input and support from the steam Community."

The first titles coming to Steam Early Access are:

  • 1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)
  • Arma 3
  • Drunken Robot Pornography
  • Gear Up
  • Gnomoria
  • Kenshi
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Kinetic Void
  • Patterns
  • Prison Architect
  • StarForge
  • Under the Ocean

For more information, and to see all Early Access titles, please visit www.steampowered.com/earlyaccess

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24. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 17:11 ASeven
 
People talk about the price of Prison Architect but they don't know the story behind it. The price is purposely high because, not unlike Minecraft, they are funding their own game this way. They decided not to go to Kickstarter and do it their own way and they succeeded in selling more than $1M of alphas in 8 months. Also, they made the price high to ensure those coming to the alpha would stick to the alpha and offer feedback.

Hence, if this title fancies you and you want to support the devs, go ahead and get the alpha. Otherwise, wait for release day where the price will be cheaper.

Here's a let's play video of Prison Architect:

http://youtu.be/ESDr8jNpkQM
 
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23. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:59 Dev
 
yuastnav wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:55:
Kerbal Space program also looked interesting (at least judging by this article from Christopher Livingston on PCGamer, guess I gotta try the demo).
Thanks for the link! I agree, it looks interesting, and fun!
 
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22. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:55 yuastnav
 
It has been probably half a year since I've last played Starforge and there was not much to do back then. You could shoot at some monsters and there was very basic building implemented. So how is it now?

Also, is Prison Architect that good? Like others said the price is a bit too high but then again I spent 25 Euros on the Arma 3 Alpha and the game turned out to be really good (if you find a decent multiplayer server that is; also the performance deteriorates after some time and it runs poorly no matter what graphics settings I use).

Kerbal Space program also looked interesting (at least judging by this article from Christopher Livingston on PCGamer, guess I gotta try the demo).
 
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21. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:53 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:33:
Kickstarter appears cheaper, but here you get early access. These probably have a higher chance of being completed as Valve are going to be careful who they let on.
I agree that they have a higher chance, but its NOT because valve is more careful. They will let anyone/anything on (see war z).

The main reason these have a higher chance is because they have a playable product. Even if the indie ones sell to a publisher, they have a higher chance to since they can display a working product, and one that has interest and purchases on steam.
 
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20. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:33 Quboid
 
Dev wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:22:
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:18:
If the full version doesn't come out for whatever reason, I imagine Valve will have to refund you.
Unlikely, that would basically put them into position of financially guaranteeing the final finished release of every single game they have. They only refund pre-orders (which for AAA games are typically already finished and gone gold, or nearly so), and they could make the case that this is termed early access, not pre-order and that you get to play the game in advance so you got your money's worth.

Actually, thats probably yet another reason why they are doing this early access program.

It wouldn't be Valve, it would be the developer - but if the full game doesn't come out, the chances of them still existing would be minimal. I suspect that money would be gone, which is why I'm not keen on spending 20 on Prison Architect. I doubt the finished game will cost more.

Kickstarter appears cheaper, but here you get early access. These probably have a higher chance of being completed as Valve are going to be careful who they let on.
 
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19. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:33 KTR
 
Kerbal Space Program is a must.

I have been eye-balling Prison Architect since its debut, but I am a bit hesitant at $30. I will wait till it fleshes out more.
 
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18. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:30 Dev
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:12:
That does look like fun and Introversion are cool.
Introversion? Neat, I own I think all their other games.

I'm not sure I want to pay $30 though.
 
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17. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:30 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:17:
Gipson wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:15:
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:12:
ASeven wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 15:25:
Prison Architect is shaping up to become the best tycoon type of game on the PC in a decade. Strongly recommended, even in alpha.

That does look like fun and Introversion are cool. It's not the first prison sim for what that's worth (zilch). I'm tempted. The price seems pretty high for an alpha, 20 would be steep for the full game and what happens if the project never gets that far?

I like how for just an extra 7, they'll let me do some of their work for them. Bargain!

it seems the games are priced such so that the people who buy now fully understand what they're getting into and won't complain about bugs, etc. ie. no kiddies


I pity any dev who solicits feedback from the steam boards...there are some nice folks there, but then the rest will make you realize how truly fucked humanity is.


The same is true about the developer boards, too.
Some people here tried to flay me when I said it about some game (I think ME3), but, man, video game based boards tend to get the dregs of humanity screaming on top of each other and... why yes, I've used all caps in a political thread on this board today, why do you ask?
 
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16. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:22 Dev
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:18:
If the full version doesn't come out for whatever reason, I imagine Valve will have to refund you.
Unlikely, that would basically put them into position of financially guaranteeing the final finished release of every single game they have. They only refund pre-orders (which for AAA games are typically already finished and gone gold, or nearly so), and they could make the case that this is termed early access, not pre-order and that you get to play the game in advance so you got your money's worth.

Actually, thats probably yet another reason why they are doing this early access program.

This comment was edited on Mar 20, 2013, 16:28.
 
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15. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:21 Efflixi
 
I already own Kerbal Space Program (my favorite game of the past SEVERAL years...) and I am seriously considering buying it on a steam because it's that awesome. I want to give them more money! I remember seeing starforge a while back and it looked cool. If Prison Architect is as cool as Aseven is saying, it's worth looking into as well.  
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14. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:18 jacobvandy
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:12:
That does look like fun and Introversion are cool. It's not the first prison sim for what that's worth (zilch). I'm tempted. The price seems pretty high for an alpha, 20 would be steep for the full game and what happens if the project never gets that far?

Unlike their crowdfunding that launched development, you are actually entering a purchasing agreement from a rather large corporation here... If the full version doesn't come out for whatever reason, I imagine Valve will have to refund you.
 
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13. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:17 nin
 
Gipson wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:15:
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:12:
ASeven wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 15:25:
Prison Architect is shaping up to become the best tycoon type of game on the PC in a decade. Strongly recommended, even in alpha.

That does look like fun and Introversion are cool. It's not the first prison sim for what that's worth (zilch). I'm tempted. The price seems pretty high for an alpha, 20 would be steep for the full game and what happens if the project never gets that far?

I like how for just an extra 7, they'll let me do some of their work for them. Bargain!

it seems the games are priced such so that the people who buy now fully understand what they're getting into and won't complain about bugs, etc. ie. no kiddies


I pity any dev who solicits feedback from the steam boards...there are some nice folks there, but then the rest will make you realize how truly fucked humanity is.

 
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12. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:17 NegaDeath
 
Its not even a steam sale and my finger is hovering over the "buy" button for three of these.

Wallet give me strength!
 
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11. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:15 Gipson
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 16:12:
ASeven wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 15:25:
Prison Architect is shaping up to become the best tycoon type of game on the PC in a decade. Strongly recommended, even in alpha.

That does look like fun and Introversion are cool. It's not the first prison sim for what that's worth (zilch). I'm tempted. The price seems pretty high for an alpha, 20 would be steep for the full game and what happens if the project never gets that far?

I like how for just an extra 7, they'll let me do some of their work for them. Bargain!

it seems the games are priced such so that the people who buy now fully understand what they're getting into and won't complain about bugs, etc. ie. no kiddies
and yes, this is a notch over other DRMs like EA/Origin and uPlay!
 
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10. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:14 Dev
 
I have a feeling that War Z fiasco helped pushed this into happening. Also probably all the greenlight things and other games that come onto steam as pre-order with alpha/beta access.

Glad to see it though, it hopefully will help make it clear to people when/if they aren't playing a finished product.
 
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9. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:12 Quboid
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 15:25:
Prison Architect is shaping up to become the best tycoon type of game on the PC in a decade. Strongly recommended, even in alpha.

That does look like fun and Introversion are cool. It's not the first prison sim for what that's worth (zilch). I'm tempted. The price seems pretty high for an alpha, 20 would be steep for the full game and what happens if the project never gets that far?

I like how for just an extra 7, they'll let me do some of their work for them. Bargain!
 
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8. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:11 SpectralMeat
 
Kinetic Void looks interesting too.  
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7. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:02 Techie714
 
See EA THIS is why you SUCK! As well as a long laundry list of other reasons....

Thanks Valve!!
 
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6. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 16:00 Beamer
 
This is unexpected.  
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5. Re: Steam Opens Early Access Mar 20, 2013, 15:43 ASeven
 
Also, Gnomoria is a great Dwarf Fortress-lite game, perhaps the best.  
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