Posts Tagged ‘Steam Early Access’

Surviving Warcraft 3: The Red Solstice Hits Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on July 11th, 2014.

Zap-o!

Warcraft III‘s mod scene is underappreciated. It brought MOBAs to the world with DotA, crystallised the modern tower defence, did a lot for wave survival modes, and had dozens of other weird multiplayer ideas and genres I’d still like to see brought back and expanded. So huzzah for The Red Solstice, a game unashamedly inspired by the old WC3 Night of the Dead mods.

It’s a top-down co-op survival shooter with co-op for up to eight players, about scavenging for supplies and exploding floods of awful monsters on Mars. And it’s now out on Steam Early Access.

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Steam Early Access: Games May Never Be Finished

By Nathan Grayson on June 5th, 2014.

Steam Early Access has been a contentious subject over the past many months for a number of reasons, but it really boils down to an unsurprising truth: the games aren’t finished. How should those games be treated? Should they be reviewed? Should they get prominent store placement? How much should they cost? And most of all, what happens if they never cross the finish line? What if they get caught up in the grinding gears of game development’s ashen hell forever? Can anything be done? For now, Valve seems to be erring on the side of “knowledge is power.”

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GOG Looking Into Its Own, Better Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on May 20th, 2014.

It is the year 2014, and the concept of Early Access has gone from outlier to institution. I’m hardly even surprised anymore when a game is announced one day and then I can play it the next. I can only imagine that Super Early Access will come next, with developers sending us napkin doodles and hastily scrawled out brainstorms they had while on the toilet. For now, though, the likes of Steam and Desura may soon have some company. GOG seems to have come down with its own case of alphamania, though it’s utterly adamant that it plans on doing things The GOG Way.

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Don’t Get Lost Along The Forest Trail(er)

By Craig Pearson on March 21st, 2014.

Not shown: naked and angry people attempting to skewer you.

Name a horrible situation you could find yourself in and I’ve almost certainly sat through a Discovery channel recreation of it. Les Stroud, Ray Mears, I just recently rewatched all of Bush Tucker Man. Yup, there’s now nothing I don’t know about watching other people tying to make fire in the bush*. It’s for that reason that I’m intrigued by The Forest, a game about surviving after a crash into an island and using the elements to keep you alive. Plants grow, the tide comes in, and the inhabitants of the island want you dead. To keep them at bay you build traps, which is something I’m incredibly excited about. Super grim trailer is below, and I’d suggest you watch it with a parent or guardian. Preferably both.

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Frozen Endzone Thawing Out On Steam Early Access

By John Walker on March 10th, 2014.

Mode 7′s Frozen Endzone has just an hour ago made its way onto Steam’s Early Access. Not that early, eh Steam? The game’s beta came out at the beginning of December, and Alec has already had a mighty good poke around with it. To celebrate their arrival on the big grey rectangle, there’s a new super-chilled out trailer, below. A trailer than also includes a full-length game being played.

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Uproariously Glorious: Divinity Now On Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on January 18th, 2014.

We’ve been eagerly watching (and, on some occasions, playing) Divinity: Original Sin ever since it launched a turn-based assault on Kickstarter, growing its already grandiose vision of a classic RPG world into one worthy of having its praises sung. Now it’s finally available to everyone, whether old and grizzled or so young that they think Baldur’s Gate was a middling action-RPG on the PlayStation 2. That said, this one traces its roots more to Ultima VII than anything else what with all its systemic complexity and obsessively detailed interactivity. There is, in other words, much to dig into here, even in Early Access form. But should you? Well, that depends on a few factors.

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Ubisoft Launch: Ghost Recon Online Comes To Early Access

By Graham Smith on January 15th, 2014.

Look, that guy's invisible! This *is* buggy.

Steam Early Access is for games that are unfinished and in beta. Or alpha. Or games that are finished but need a little bit of testing before the developers feel comfortable saying that. Or for games where the developers have run out of money and need the extra funding to keep going. Games that are broken outright, games that are updated regularly, games that might never be finished. Indie games. Mainstream games. Games by Ubisoft that first launched into beta in 2012. Games like Ghost Recon Online.

The free-to-play shooter has been in beta since launch and available only through uPlay thus far, but is joining Steam’s Early Access service this Spring. If you live in Canada, it’s already there, which makes Ubisoft the first major publisher to get involved with Early Access.
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Overgrowth Leaps On To Steam Early Access, Slices Price

By Graham Smith on December 18th, 2013.

A whole world for punching.

Its rabbit characters are not the interesting thing about this game. Overgrowth is interesting because this indie project from a small team has physics-driven kung-fu, destructive and satisfying swordfighting, environment-hopping wall-running, stealth, RPG mechanics, local multiplayer, and a level editor that allows you to construct your own scenarios.

The game has been in paid-alpha since 2008, a time when “paid-alpha” wasn’t really a thing we understood. Now it’s available on Steam Early Access. There’s more detail and videos below.
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DayZ Completes Its Million Mile Shamble Onto Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on December 17th, 2013.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Earlyaccessmas, which is the sort of buzzword holiday title that I probably deserve to be crucified for. But honestly, between Starbound, Wasteland 2, Elite: Dangerous, Blackguards, Dungeon of the Endless, and now DayZ, this is getting ridiculous. We are figuratively getting our Christmas presents early during actual Christmas. Someone must have planned it this way. That is the only possible explanation. Or everyone was just trying to capitalize on the December Dead Zone, because you can’t spell capitalize without capitalism. Wait. Never mind, just go below for a trailer and foreboding words from the DayZ team.

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The Wait For Dungeon Of The Endless Is At An End

By Nathan Grayson on December 12th, 2013.

If they had waited for the final version of that ship instead of picking up the alpha on Steam Early Access, I bet it wouldn't have crashed.

I’ve had my eye on Dungeon of the Endless ever since its mysterrrrrrrrrious “what’s behind the door” reveal campaign (which actually ended up being rather clever). The randomized roguelike-like dungeon defender is about preparation and exploration, with players defending a generator using all sorts of tools and emplacements while cautiously edging through doors that hide writhing horrors of increasing power. You also meet and team up with all sorts of deranged sci-fi/fantasy prisoners along the way. Basically, it’s RPS Advent Calendar: The Game, only less fatal. Oh, and it’s a really pretty, highly unexpected offshoot of Endless Space, a wonderful 4X strategy. I can play it right now via Steam Early Access, and so I shall.

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Give It A Trya: Maia Lands On Steam Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on December 4th, 2013.

The Maian Prophecy came true after all! Just as was foretold by a news post I wrote a couple months ago, so shall it be. Maia is now available on Steam Early Access, and I’m aching to worm my futuristically gloved hands into its steaming, ropey gut pile of systems and AIs. The Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress-inspired colony sim is, however, currently not working for me, as it launches at a weird, choppy resolution and I can’t find any way to fix it. Boo. Maybe you’ll have better luck, though?

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Retroesque FPS Wrack Puts Up Its Dukes

By Alec Meer on November 13th, 2013.

I'm wracking my brains for a funny caption here HAHAsnurk

“I write you in regards of the puppy Advert I want to run in your Office, Its an English Bulldog pup 10 weeks and 2days old puppy a male and I have him for adoption to any good person willing to Take proper cares of him show him love and give him a good home. I will like that the Ad is run for 3 weeks only. Gorgeous Male English Bulldog Pup for free Adoption to a good home where he will be proper taken care of. The Baby is only 10 weeks 2 days old, the puppy is absolutely gorgeous! beautiful markings, nice big head and chest, perfect tail and a personality that can’t be beat! Boss is Registered/registrable, Current vaccinations, Veterinarian examination, Health certificate, Health guarantee, Pedigree. Interested persons that can provide him a good home should please email me at (redacted) for more information about him.”

Sorry about that, I couldn’t think of anything new to say about jolly, ultraviolent, cel-shaded, Doom’n'Duke-esque FPS Wrack on top of what I wrote last year, so I thought I’d share some spam I was sent instead.
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Project Zomboid Shambles On To Steam Early Access

By Graham Smith on November 11th, 2013.

These guys must really like hot dogs and banana milkshakes.

Project Zomboid is up on Steam Early Access now. Project Zomboid is a zombie survival RPG with a grim tone, and it has been in development and paid-alpha for ages.

That’s it. That’s the news. It was in the title. I’m always a little wary, though, of posting things like this, which are just straight-up, matter-of-fact pieces of information about a thing you can now buy in a new place. So to prove that I’m a hard-hitting journalist, I reached out to Will Porter over the weekend to ask him about the game’s launch into Early Access.
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