Devs May Never Finish Steam Early Access Games, Steam Warns

By   /   Jun 5, 2014

Here is a little word of warning from Steam for those who, metaphorically speaking, like to taste a fruit before its fully ripened. What I actually mean is related to games on Steam Early Access which might never get completed by their developers.

Steam Early Access

According to updated Steam Early Access FAQ, in response to a question asking, ‘When will these games release?’, Valve has stated that not every game gets completed for some reason and players should only buy an Early Access game if they are too eager to play it.

It’s up to the developer to determine when they are ready to ‘release’,” Valve said. “Some developers have a concrete deadline in mind, while others will get a better sense as the development of the game progresses. You should be aware that some teams will be unable to ‘finish’ their game. So you should only buy an Early Access game if you are excited about playing it in its current state.

Allowing players to play games while they are under development is what Steam Early Access offers which was launched back in March 2013. And although players get updated version of the game, it is nowhere near the final product and never ends up getting one.

A similar case happened with Earth: Year 2066 which many people bought only to find it plagued with so many bugs and glitches that it was practically impossible to play. Moreover, it also contained stolen art and music design.

Speaking to Venture Beat, Valve’s director of marketing Doug Lombardi stated:

The changes to the FAQ are intended to help set customer expectations of what may or may not happen over the course of development of an Early Access game. We frequently iterate on Steam features as we gather feedback and find areas for improvement.

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