Closed Alpha, New Logo and Steam Early Access
Today we would like to announce that Jagged Alliance: Flashback is officially in Closed Alpha, which means that backers at $250 Tier and above, as well as backers who paid for the Alpha as an add-on, will get access to the game. We will launch with a Windows version and then make a Mac and Linux version over the next days.
We have chosen to run the Alpha on Steam, as this is the least time consuming approach for us, leaving us more time to develop the game. For the Alpha we will be sending out the keys through email, so keep an eye out for mails from Full Control. If you haven’t received a key please check your spam filters before contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We will start sending out keys manually once we have everything setup on Steam sometime today.
As an added bonus, Alpha backers and Modders will gain access to the level editor sometime next week, which means they will be able to get a first look of the “engine behind the hood”. We are focusing heavily on moddability for JAF as we think this is what has been keeping the old games alive for all these years.
Alpha, Beta and Early Access Clarification
For those of you who haven’t seen that we are going on Early Access on Steam in Q2 2014, we would just like to officially state it here and also clarify what it means for the Alpha, Beta and Early Access backers we have on the Kickstarter.
When we ran the Kickstarter back in April 2013 we had no idea we would be going on early access on Steam or if we would hit our funding goal, which is why we ended up with Alpha, Beta and Early Access. It was communicated back then that Early Access was a Head Start to play the final version of the game minimum 1 week before everyone else. This is still the case, but to make sure there’s no confusion we have chosen to change the setup to. Alpha, Steam Early Access and Head Start.
As explained in the part about Alpha, we chose to go with Steam as it leaves more time for us to develop the game, facilitates community involvement and also makes the game visible to potential new supporters of the game. We will go on Steam Early Access with a price point of $45, which is the same as the base game + Beta as an add-on.
The community hub will first be made available for Steam Early Access.
We have been considering changing the logo for a while, as a lot have changed for the game story wise. With the release of the Alpha version, it feels like the perfect time to make the change. Our concept artist Jesper, who made the first logo, got the task once more and after many iterations and a lot of discussion within the team, we ended up with this:
Dev Diary 3: Explosions
Since it’s not everybody who has access to the Alpha, we decided to make Dev Diary, that shows off the Alpha and explains what is currently possible and what is to be implemented, in broad terms.
New Shop Options
We have updated the shop on our website, so it is now possible to upgrade to alpha for $40. Furthermore, we have added a digital deluxe edition for late comers priced at $80. You can find more info on the shop page HERE.
Until next time!
The Full Control JAF Team