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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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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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