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  • Blog Post: GOG Launches Curated Early Access Program With Consumer Protections

    GOG has announced that it is getting into the Early Access business. The platform has detailed plans for today’s launch, which includes five games. Like the rest of GOG’s offerings, the early access games will be offered without DRM. They will support the platform’s Steam app competitor... More
  • Blog Post: Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Expansion Sails Into Steam Early Access

    Don't Starve's latest expansion, Shipwrecked , is now available to play on Steam Early Access. Normally priced at $4.99, players can begin their new survival tale at a 10% discount beginning now until December 8. Co-developed by Capy Games, Shipwrecked finds Wilson marooned on a island in the... More
  • Blog Post: Dungeon Defenders II Comes To PS4 This Month In Paid Pre-Alpha

    Both Sony and Microsoft are now experimenting with versions of early access. This morning, Trendy announced that eventual free-to-play Dungeon Defenders II will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this month in paid pre-alpha. Dungeon Defenders II, an action-oriented tower defense game, has been in early access... More
  • Blog Post: Deep Silver Is Shutting Down Its Early Access MOBA, Dead Island: Epidemic

    Another Steam Early Access game is about to die on the vine. Earlier this month, Undead Labs pulled the plug on the Pokemon-like RPG, Moonrise . Yesterday, Deep Silver announced its zombie-flavored MOBA, Dead Island: Epidemic only has a month left to live. The announcement was made on the game’s... More
  • Blog Post: Black Mesa, A Community-Created, Modernized Half-Life, Goes From Free To Early Access

    Crowbar Collective, a third-party team of developers, is in the final stages of launching its long in-development update to Half-Life on Steam. Black Mesa was built on Valve’s Source engine and originally released for free in 2012 . Now it’s on Early Access. According to the Steam store page... More
  • Blog Post: Killing Floor 2 Gets Steam Early Access Date & Details

    Developer Tripwire Interactive has announced that Killing Floor 2 will hit Steam Early Access later this month, with a hopeful full release by the end of the year. The Early Access version (out on April 21 for $29.99) contains three levels, four perk classes, 27 weapons, 11 Zeds, seven playable characters... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Online's H1Z1 Hits Steam Early Access

    You can now get an early look at Sony Online's upcoming zombie survial multiplayer game. H1Z1 is now available as a Steam Early Access title. There are two tiers of Early Access: Standard ($19.99) and Premium ($39.99). Standard gets you three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while Premium... More
  • Blog Post: Racing Platforming Hybrid Distance Enters Early Access Today

    Distance, one of the highlights of my indie booth exploration at PAX earlier this year , enters early access today. Distance recalls the aesthetic and gravity and speed defying physics of games like Extreme-G and F-Zero, with the addition of flight and a jump button. I enjoyed my time with the game at... More
  • Blog Post: Limbo, Threes, And Boom Ball Kinect Releasing This Week For Xbox One

    Limbo made its way to Xbox One early adopters for free before Thanksgiving, but it, along with Threes and Boom Ball Kinect, will officially release for everyone this week. All three games will be available on Xbox One on Friday December 5, according to the official ID@Xbox twitter account . Shipping... More
  • Blog Post: DayZ Will Not Be Finished Until 2016

    Bohemia Interactive has notified Early Access buyers that DayZ, its zombies survival game, will not be finished until the first half of 2016. The developer shared with us its plans for 2015 and beyond today, including final price points for when the game is released. The standalone version of DayZ entered... More
  • Blog Post: Dragon Age: Inquisition Now Available To EA Access Members

    If you are an EA Access subscriber, you can jump into Dragon Age: Inquisition immediately ahead of its November 18 release date. EA Access subscribers get discounts, free games, and access to Electronic Arts games a little early. In the case of Inquisition, subscribers can play up to six hours of the... More
  • Blog Post: Habitat Enters Early Access On PC

    The bizarre in-space engineer sim is availble to play now on PC before it makes its way to Xbox One. In the game, astronauts put together space stations with whatever they can find. Sometimes that means using traditional space parts. Sometimes that means you use giant dinosaur heads and military tanks... More
  • Blog Post: Double Fine Gets On Board With Gang Beasts

    In the most recent Double Fine-published indie game, you take control of anthropomorphic blobs and fight similar blobs until you are the last one standing. The game, developed by Boneloaf, features silly ragdoll physics and equally silly combat levels. Gang Beasts has been in alpha for quite some time... More
  • Blog Post: Developers Have Been Asking Microsoft For Early Access

    If there was any doubt that Early Access was here to stay, it should be fading away at this point. The concept of paid alphas popularized by Minecraft has spread to Steam, with some large publishers already taking advantage of the process. Ubisoft has offered multiple titles with associated purchase... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Considering Early Access On PlayStation Platforms

    At the beginning of 2014, we posited that Early Access (the fancy term for paid alpha testing) would be a hot button topic this year . So far, we’ve seen “founder’s packs” upwards of $450, EA has told us that it’s considering a pre-complete sales model , and now another... More
  • Blog Post: Evolve Accepting Applicants For Alpha

    Evolve is preparing to enter into a closed alpha and a recent tweet from developer Turtle Rock's community manager could be your ticket in. Jess Damerst tweeted out the link and password which you see below. http://t.co/xEKhmPVNsB password: happyhunting referral: JoinTheHunt :D pic.twitter.com/7n0GvqQm6L... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Comments On Kickstarted Planetary Annihilation Being Sold At Retail As Early Access Title

    Early access is moving beyond the world of digital download and Steam, and into the world of retail. This post on reddit , highlighting the image below, has been gaining popularity this morning. It showcases the successfully Kickstarted title Planetary Annihilation being sold as an early access title... More
  • Blog Post: EA And DICE Considering Early Access For Future Battlefield Titles

    As the video game industry continues to broaden its business models, the concept of early access (paid alpha and beta testing) continues to spread to new genres and developers. Large publishers, including Ubisoft and Square Enix are testing the process out, too. We spoke with DICE general manager Karl... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Admits That Some Early Access Games Might Never Be Finished

    It used to be that when you purchased a game, you were bringing home a finished product. As online connectivity has grown for PC and console gamers, the relationship between developers and their products (and the consumers that purchase them has changed). The most recent alteration to that traditional... More
  • Blog Post: Psychedelic Racer Krautscape Launches on Steam Early Access

    Krautscape is surreal-looking multiplayer racer with a few twists, namely gliders and tracks that you create as you drive. It's one of the latest titles published by Midnight City , and you can play the game now via Steam Early Access for $7.99. The racer in the lead makes choices on the upcoming... More
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