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

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News Posted: Wed, Mar 20 2013 3:33 PM
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.

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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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semitope replied on Wed, Mar 20 2013 4:29 PM

smart idea to make money on unfinished product. I wonder if u then have to buy the finished game later.

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RWilliams replied on Wed, Mar 20 2013 4:44 PM

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

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sackyhack replied on Wed, Mar 20 2013 9:05 PM

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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timaeus replied on Thu, Mar 21 2013 9:46 AM

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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Dorkstar replied on Thu, Mar 21 2013 8:28 PM

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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