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Submitted by Shacks 278d ago | opinion piece

Early Access is No Different Than Games Released on Time

As we waltz into 2015, it seems that 2014 is shaping up to be known as the year of Early Access when everything is all said and done. Early Access is something indie game developers started doing to make money off their video games while still working on the game. When it first started, there wasn't much said about it. Just like anything else in the world, the more popular it became with game developers, the more criticism it started to receive and not just by the gaming public, but by the gaming journalists as well. However, when you look at it, how is it any different than when games come out on time “finished”? (Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Dev, Don't Starve, Double Fine, Fallout 3, Industry, Prison Architect)

levian  +   278d ago
The problem with Early Access is playing an incomplete game. The temptation is HUGE to buy a game that has had your attention for a while, knowing it's on Steam to buy right now, even though it's early access.

Take a game like Lichdom. It looks amazing, and is totally my type of game. I'd love to get it now, but I know the game isn't done. There will be additional levels and powers and I don't want to play through the game before it's finished, because chances are I won't replay it if I beat it in early access. That's just an issue with single player, linear games, more so if they're story driven.
3-4-5  +   278d ago
One is finished, one isn't.

How doesn't this human being comprehend this ?

It's a perfect example of a DIFFERENCE.
MonstaTruk  +   278d ago
"Early Access", huh? Let's get COMPLETE/NON-BROKEN GAMES, first. And...of all publishers...EA is leading the charge of charging gamers for access to unfinished games? Pshyeah...lol.
DaleCooper  +   278d ago
I'm not one to purchase early access games, though prison architect is tempting me.

Still, I think people should think of an early access game purchase the same way they think of any other game purchase. You're getting what you paid for at the time. If the creators do fulfill their promise, then great, but don't expect that to always happen.
BattleTorn  +   278d ago
I'm not sure comparing Early Access games, that get released unfinished, to games that become broken years after release, as in the case of Fallout 3 having no patches for Windows 7, is fair.
LordMaim  +   278d ago
To be fair, Fallout 3 was pretty broken at release as well.
Macdaddy71  +   278d ago
The bottom line is you can get it or NOT!! Lease it's not like Ps4 n X1 to play online you have no choice but to get it, we should worry if it goes that way!!!
Like if you bought Madden n only way to play your friends are to pay the access
dota2champion  +   278d ago
Early access is an incompelete game and acording to vavle, developers don't have to finish th e product
itisallaboutps  +   278d ago
If you think about it. All early access does is delay a game for everybody else but you get it on time and its considered early. Ea subscription is crap.

So called early access
6 dollars off digital purchases. Digital titles don't have manufacture cost for cds shipping and a cut the distributer gets. So technically they are getting richer. And who buys more than 1 EA tittle a year. It's like a rewards program. Just crappy

The consumer is getting tricked here.

Ea and microsoft still have that contract that failed miserably so they are coming up with things like these

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