Valve Reveals Steam Early Access

Valve Software today revealed a new feature for Steam users called "Early Access" which allows consumers to roll the dice and buy a game still in development and play it early. Valve calls this an opportunity to "go behind the scenes" and experience the development cycle of games first-hand. They'll also be able to interact with game developers and provide the feedback that could potentially make the game better.

The concept of paying for and playing a game early is not unheard of, but this is the first time that a platform has gotten together with a group of developers to offer it to the general public.

The first 12 games available via Early Access are 1… 2… 3… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby), Arma 3, Drunken Robot Pornography, Gear Up, Gnomoria, Kenshi, Kerbal Space Program, Kinetic Void, Patterns, Prison Architect, StarForge and Under the Ocean. No doubt more will be added as the program gets more popular.

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    Left4Dead says:

    Early Access = future Game reviewer portal?  I can see this being useful to giving developers the ability to push out their latest beta build via Steam to game reviewers in advance of the actual release.

    -- Left4Dead --

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    Wymorence says:

    Kerbal's coming to Steam? I'd lost track of it after my system's PSU fried one day while it was in open alpha testing. Absolute blast to tinker around in if you like building rockets and seeing how they fare in action.

    Interesting idea too, although I'd think the average gamer would be wanting some really bad ideas in game 'x' because it doesn't remind them enough of game 'y', despite game 'y' not having anything to do with game 'x'…

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