Opened and Closed Betas are becoming common place in today’s gaming scene. Developers want to make sure they have the best product before rolling it out to the general populace and Betas are the best way to get some free testing.
So it is no surprise that Steam has come up with the idea to release an entire library of games that do just that but on a much deeper level.
The “Early Access” library of games is designed to give players a behind the scenes look at a game’s development from start to finish, while being able to interact with the developers and providing them feedback while the title is still being created; making them a part of the development process.
To support that innovative interaction between Early Access players and developers, Steam will offer easy and automatic updating of games, letting developers quickly respond to bug reports and feedback from customers.
“There are also plenty of opportunities for players to interact with each other, making it easy to create and share screenshots, tips, and in-depth guides” notes the press release. Not only will these players become a part of the develoment but they’ll also help in growing the name and fanbase of the game at the same time.
From the Valve Press Release, said Sean Pollman of Badland Studio had this to say:
“A lot of games are already operating as ongoing services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community, Greenlight helped us raise awareness for Kinetic Void, and now Steam Early Access will let us continue the development of our game while gathering crucial feedback, input and support from the steam Community.”
You can check out the full “Early Access” list of games and the rest of the official press release here