Now this really interesting. Steam has announced an early access program for a number of upcoming games, with which players can interact with the developers and influence the development of a game. Contrary to pre-order, early access is an immediate purchase of a game and gives the ability to the player to immediately download its latest build and experiment with it. This is precisely what is currently happening with Bohemia’s military sim, ArmA 3, and there are currently 11 more games supporting this new access program.
Needless to say how excited we are for such a thing. You see, one of our dreams (back in the days when we were simply PC gamers) was to talk with the developers, share our thoughts, inform them about bugs or performance issues, and influence the development of our favourite game. Naturally, this is a ying-yang thing as mainstream gamers can ruin such titles, but that’s a risk we’ll have to take.
Sean Pollman of Badland Studio said:
“A lot of games are already operating as ongoing services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community. 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.”
You can find more details about this program on Steam.
And here are all games that currently support Steam’s Early Access:
-1… 2… 3… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)
-Kerbal Space Program
-Under the Ocean