Valve Opens Steam "Early Access" For Pre-Release Titles and Game Play - HotHardware
Valve Opens Steam "Early Access" For Pre-Release Titles and Game Play

Valve Opens Steam "Early Access" For Pre-Release Titles and Game Play

Valve’s Steam has historically embraced and even cultivated the gaming community around it, from creating the Steam Community to Steam Greenlight to the recent Linux beta for more experienced users. To that end, Valve announced an Early Access section to its gaming library where players can poke around with titles that are still in development.

For gamers, this is a lot of fun, as they can both watch the evolution of various games as they develop over time and also participate as beta testers, giving developers their input and ideas. For developers, this gives them a host of players to help them test out features and create new ones.

Kenshi

Starforge Alpha

Prison Architect
Top to bottom: Kenshi, Starforge Alpha, Prison Architect

Steam will make it easy to update games as bug reports and other feedback rolls in, and players can communicate with each other, as well. There are a dozen titles coming to Early Access, which include the following:
· 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
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smart idea to make money on unfinished product. I wonder if u then have to buy the finished game later.

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Uhh, no thanks. Buying betas was bad enough, now we're buying alphas...

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RWilliams:

Uhh, no thanks. Buying betas was bad enough, now we're buying alphas...

I made the mistake of buying into an Alpha once.

 

Once.

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Yeah, this is kind of a hard one to get on board with if it's gonna be pay-only. What if you buy one and it gets cancelled? Or what if it's a complete mess when you get it? I can imagine my excitement quickly wearing off and never finishing a game if my first encounter with it is a disaster.

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It's a buy-in thing? Not what I was expecting from the articles "Valve announced an Early Access section to its gaming library where players can poke around with titles that are still in development." I don't think of buying an alpha as "poking around."

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