The lights are on
Double Fine’s Broken Age will arrive for backers tomorrow, and the studio has revealed that the game will be skipping Steam Early Access. The developer says that part one of the Kickstarter-funded title will be ready for a traditional release when it’s made available for purchase.
The public release date will be announced tomorrow, and those that will be buying part one will be purchasing the whole game up front. Part two will be included in a format similar to Telltale Games’ season pass.
“You may recall that at one point Broken Age was planned for release under the Steam Early Access program,” the announcement reads. “This is no longer the case. For various logistical reasons, and because we believe Act 1 is a polished and satisfying piece of content in its own right, Broken Age will be a standard Steam release that includes a “Season Pass” granting access to Act 2 once it is complete. Anyone who has Act 1—either by being a backer, or by buying the game separately—will receive Act 2 as a free update when it’s ready.”
Our TakeBroken Age has been a long time coming, and I’m eager to play it. The move away from Early Access assuages some concern I had about the financing of the title, which is over budget. Given that part one is polished and the episodic model (while not originally intended) works well, Double Fine is now speaking a language average gamers understand.