DRM-Free and Steam Copies
This is important, so please read this if you do not want your copy of Dead State activated on Steam. The Early Access demo will activate on Steam and eventually become the full game, which for many backers, will be how the full game is delivered. Read carefully – everyone will get a Steam copy UNLESS you specify you don’t want a Steam copy.
The Early Access demo will ONLY be available through Steam. I’ll explain why at the end of this.
However, if you want a non-Steam version of the game, you will need to contact us here on Kickstarter. There are no current plans for the First Seven Days demo to be released separately from the Steam copy. If you backed us at the USB or box levels, you’re already getting a physical copy of the game without DRM and the Steam digital copy, so you’re covered either way.
I know there are many arguments about DRM and Steam, but here’s why we are distributing the Early Access demo through Steam.
-Aside from activation on Steam, there is NO DRM added to Dead State– if you have it installed on Steam, that’s it and there is no further authentication.
-Steam is the largest PC distribution platform in the world – most of our backers already have it installed or have asked us to release the game on Steam.
-Releasing on Steam saves us money on hosting the game privately, which is money we can use on production and that’s a pretty big factor for us.
-Steam activation is instant and we don’t have to worry about server overload or technical issues on our end.
-Backers who bought physical rewards such as the USB or box will be receiving copies of the game on physical media.
-We will most likely be releasing any expanded content we release on Steam first.
-Valve has made it clear that should anything ever happen to Steam, your copies will still be playable – at least, we guarantee we will make Dead State available should anything happen to Steam, barring any kind of robo-apocalypse where our machine masters forbid it.
“DRM” and “Steam” are trigger words for a large amount of PC gamers, but before you get outraged, note that we WILL have an option to download the full game (without the Early Access demo) eventually, but that Steam is going to be the fastest way to get your hands on the game. I highly advise anyone who is worried about Steam activation to read up on the latest information on the service. I have probably lost more physical media over the years and personally use Steam for most of my collection. We have not signed any agreements with any other distribution services yet, so please don’t ask us if we can activate your copy on another service – we don’t have that information yet and we won’t know until closer to release.
To recap: IF YOU DO NOT WANT A STEAM COPY, MESSAGE US HERE ON KS (Send a message for our records, don’t post in comments). Please get back to us as soon as possible.
IF YOU WANT A STEAM COPY, DO NOTHING – WE WILL SEND YOU A CODE WHEN THE DEMO IS OUT. If you have any additional questions about this, feel free to ask us in the comments or send us a message.
We’re working on progression testing and tracking down the last of our save/load and crash bugs. Every time we find a new showstopper, we need to fix it, create a new build, and start testing over again to make sure no other issues have been created. It’s a bit time-consuming given the demo’s length. Once we have a demo build with no major issues, we will create a Steam build of the game and upload it. We’re aiming for Wednesday, but there could be delays if testing shows any new issues. Thanks for your patience, everyone – we really appreciate it.