Project Gorgon says Steam early access is coming in a ‘month-ish’

Don’t look now, but Project Gorgon could be out on Steam by the time the Easter Bunny emerges from her hidey-hole.

The project lead took to Twitter this week to inform the community that early access is aiming for February or March: “It’ll be another month-ish before Project Gorgon is on Steam early access, but it’s now in internal testing. Which means I can now play from Steam! Nobody else yet, just me. But it’s a step.”

As we digest this happy news, Linux testers also have something to brighten their day. The team pushed out an experimental launcher for those using a Linux OS on their computers. This doesn’t mean that Project Gorgon has official Linux support (it doesn’t), but it’s a nice concession to those who use the platform.

Curious about this indie MMO? Check out Eliot’s run through Project Gorgon this month in his Choose My Adventure series!

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Code of Conduct | Edit Your Profile | Commenting FAQ | Badge Reclamation | Badge Key

LEAVE A COMMENT

22 Comments on "Project Gorgon says Steam early access is coming in a ‘month-ish’"

Subscribe to:
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most liked
Reader
Boom

Only played it briefly a couple of times but appreciate the work & dedication thats gone into it so will gladly throw some money when it hits steam.

Reader
@manu

I’m sorry but in this day and age when i try to play the game the graphics are just horrible. I am sure the game is great and all that but I cant get past the way it looks. It’s like something from 2003….

Reader
Melissa McDonald

Linux is mostly just held back by graphic drivers. AMD probably does a better job than Nvidia, but with games that are supported in that OS, once you get your system working well, the games run well too. Mostly I’ve played Second Life in Linux, but there have been a couple others. And SL ran great actually in Linux, better than on a Mac, but that’s because Macs rarely have discrete graphics. All that being said, it’s a no-brainer that Windows is the premiere gaming system. The average person doesn’t want to do what it takes to successfully use Linux in such a way that it’s on-par with Windows.

Reader
Thomas Zervogiannis

OpenGL was for a long time holding Linux gaming development back as much as drivers in terms of graphics performance (not sure how things are today, I think OpenGL started slowly catching up):

https://gist.github.com/kirkegaard/1055336

Even more so though, it is:

(a) lack of critical mass of users to justify the effort
(b) absolute nightmare to support a game, due to all different flavors, release schedules of distros, shifting libraries, frameworks and protocols, and less attention to forward compatibility.

It is a matter of developers’ choice as much as driven by the gamers. Which is sad because Linux is fantastic in many ways.

EDIT: regarding NVidia vs AMD vs Intel, actually NVidia does a way better job in terms of performance, but their “well performing” drivers are binary blobs and not open-source. Intel has the best open source drivers, and AMD provides both, sitting in the middle in both cases (at least that was the situation last time I checked).

Reader
Knox Harrington

Linux is like voting for a third party in America. You want it to work but the two-party oligarchy will never let it.

Reader
Thomas Zervogiannis

Voters of the 3rd party are also fine in sabotaging one another :P : https://xkcd.com/927/

Reader
Knox Harrington

Just what Steam needs! Another “early access” game!

/snark

Reader
Marc A.

You clearly don’t know about Project Gorgon.
Check it out.

Reader
Knox Harrington

I don’t need to know anything about it to rage against early access games on Steam. If Project Gorgon is somehow the exception, then they should find a less cancerous label because when I see “early access”, I hear “unfinished garbage still asking for money”.

Reader
Marc A.

thematically pointless rage is pointless
pg was free to try for everyone like 4 years iirc so the people buying into this know where they put their money, I could now start defending the game and tell you why its different and all but I missed you at the station, you were allready on the hatetrain to Mt. Sadness

*wave*

Reader
Knox Harrington

I don’t specifically hate Project Gorgon. I don’t know enough about it to hate it. But I have had enough experience with “early access on Steam” shit to not like it in the general sense. It’s more of a branding issue. Philip Morris could be giving away kittens and I’d still be wary of accepting one. Given their track record, those kittens probably have cancer.

Line
Reader
Line

Never a good idea to release that early on Steam.
I started playing the game like what, four years ago now? And as charming as it is, it will suffer massively from being a WIP, on top of having some severe issues like combat that’s not… quite modern.

Once your game is on Steam, that’s it, it’s on sale.
You can’t just claim that it’s still cooking and that massive changes will happen, people will spend money on it, and they are perfectly right to criticize what they feels is not worth the price.
Steam is not a charity or dubious crowdfunding, it’s a store.

I just hope that they’ll manage to make a fun game… and in a timely manner, because it’s already been playable fro a long time now.
A lot of work went into it, but a stable, complete product is more important than fast progress on a billion “nearly finished” elements.

You can’t launch twice.
Except if you change the name but that’s not usually a good sign…

Reader
rafael12104

Cool. This game was made for early access if any game ever was. Devs can experiment, tweak, and rewrite, to their hearts content. We will give them feedback, they will incorporate what we all learned, and the game will evolve.

It will be like magic to those that don’t understand a real partnership between devs and players.

I’m looking forward to it!

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

I am a member of their Discord channel. Such good folks. It’s a pleasure to read.

Reader
rafael12104

Great idea! I’ll do the same.

biophazer242
Reader
biophazer242

I really respect and admire what Gorgon is aiming to be but I fear what kind of ‘reviews’ Steam will bring. This game is not meant for wide player consumption and I can only imagine how people will respond to the graphics, lack of hand holding and complete freedom this game offers.

Reader
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
agemyth 😩

I assume this will be the point at which they add the $40 price tag, at least to the Steam version. That means you at least have to front $40 to write a review then request a refund :P

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

I think it will be kinda safe … most people who would be interested in the game, already know about the game, and even if they didn’t know about the game they would be the types who would know better than to trust steam’s user reviews on a indie mmo.

Reader
Russell Hunt

Please, please, please devs STOP with the Early Access and just release good games.

Estranged
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Estranged

Russell, these are good people. They aren’t trying to get rich or raise 150 million. It’s basically an incubator and everyone involved understands it is labor of love.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

90% of the time I am right there with you an the “Early Access being used as an excuse for shitty games” opinion … but this game is more of just a living experiment in “fuck it, lets do that” and it is never going to be “finished” or every really “good” (since the functional chaos is what makes it fun).

Reader
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
agemyth 😩

Don’t play it.

wpDiscuz