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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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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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