by Lars Simkins
Your updates and communication are very much appreciated - Thank You for that, and for taking an appropriate amount of time to develop a quality game. With these things in mind, I am in no rush to have any kind of early/alpha/beta access. Happy to hear progress is being made!
Beta when? I wanna see my name on the memorial tower!
I'm in no rush, plus I'd rather be given a bug free game. Honestly you take all the time in the world, take another year if you need it.
Good for you. Early Access is super hit and miss, and I think that it's actually usually a net negative, especially for a small team. The only potential benefit is that you get large-scale hardware testing much earlier, but that also can lead to pulling you away from *building the game* to go chase those issues.
I've bought into several Early Access games that I'm probably burnt out on the broken, incomplete version and will never really experience the complete game. Some of those games, never really feel 'complete'.
Go, build. And best of luck with the preorders.
I'm glad it won't be Early Access (although I would have had fun trying it out). I'm happy "my" baby is being kept safe. But of course I'm for whatever is best for you and best for the game.
Generally I never want to play something in beta; I'd rather wait until the creator's vision is complete. But I'm so excited for this game that I would have.
Awesome. I'd rather play the final product and see it as it was intended.
Keep up the good work, Lars. Thanks for all of the thoughtful updates.
Thank you for the update Lars. I also prefer to wait for the all singing, all dancing and full of complete goodness version of your masterpiece. :D
I agree with all you said there about early access and the like. Good to know we have smart people working on this!
This is the right decision!
I have games that were early access, and although I played them a little, by the time they were "finished" I was disillusioned and no longer interested. MUCH better to go the route you have chosen. 100% support your decision.
It sounds like you have made a sound choice and I agree with you for the reasons you have stated. Thank you for the information. I appreciate these extra lengths you go to for our own understanding.
Sounds sensible, i don't care if it is early access or not, , on the buyers side it really doesn't matter, either you understand what early access means or you'll figure it out soon enough, either way you can't blame the game or the makers for its state.
But on the developers side it obviously has far more improtant consequences.
There's another major downside to early access from the players' perspective. In many ways, it ruins a game for me. You get in way before the game is actually ready, and it sucks out all of the anticipation for the real thing. You wear yourself out on something that is really only the shell of what you wanted to begin with, and in many cases I never go back to find out if it actually gets better through further development. I only have so much time for games these days, and if my first impression of one is bad, it might not get a second chance.
"Those of you who pledged for beta access will undoubtedly keep me busy enough." Any ETA?
I agree about the decision too, but you can use the Early Acess system only for backers to help distribute the beta for testing
And what is the time limit to send the text of the in-game book?
HAAATE Early Access. As far as I'm concerned, that's just as bad as getting a Corporate Game upon retail release when those &#!%s know full well they're using the first buyers as impromptu beta-testers. And after having played many $60 bug-ridden games (and having my first impressions soured beyond recovery), I'm firmly aware of my inadequacies as a beta-tester. Even if my pledge level includes Alpha/Beta/Early Access, I will NEVER participate.
I don't even want to SEE your game before it's DONE. And I'm more than patient to wait for it.
Frederik - No dates yet, all I can say is 'soon.'
gandalf.nho - You have until about a month before the game is released, whenever that ends up being. (Though earlier is better.) So plenty of time.