Steam Early Access brings you games before they’re finished. GamesBeat takes a look at games that are stuck in development limbo and investigates your rights as an Early Access consumer.
I doubt I'll ever buy an Early Access game because of the risks involved.
I'm not sure how I feel about paying to be an alpha/beta tester, especially if the game may not even come out.
On one hand I like you can support development of a game and get the creators over the financial hump. On the other hand it's a gamble. Buyer beware.
Good to see that at least some of the developers were open to talking about the issue. At least they own up to it. I'd be wary of the ones who didn't respond...
There is nothing wrong with supporting an early access game as long as you think you can get your moneys worth from the current build. If the game currently has enough content there to entertain you then go for it. Always assume that this is all you're going to get, never assume you will get some amazing finished product later on. It might happen sure but don't count on it.
Yeah, I agree. You almost have to look at it like you're backing a Kickstarter project.
I don't think I'll get anymore early access games. So far I have dayz (cause of hype) and I have lichdom which I couldn't wait to play and delivers a true fps rpg. That said I like that I can help with development and not have to pay more later when it releases, but if it never makes it out I will be totally pissed off knowing I can't get my money back.
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