Warhammer 40K aiming for early access this fall

    
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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson posted a State of the Crusade letter today, saying that the team is moving forward with “a rapidly advancing schedule.”

Richardsson revealed that the team has been quiet lately because it’s been reviewing its plans and isn’t quite ready to discuss specifics (it’s noteworthy that he did mention “expansion” as one of the forbidden topics). However, Richardsson did point at “autumn 2015” as a target for early access and clarified that fans will need to be paying founders to get into the multi-month alpha and beta tests.

[Source: State of the Crusade]

 

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KiwiRed
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KiwiRed

Lethality Maybe we need a universal browser addon that replaces all occurrences of the words “Early access” with “Paid beta”, which then goes viral to raise awareness of what it actually means.

Mimiros
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Loopstah Mimiros If a game does well in Early Access then more money will be available/spent on future updates. This game already has an audience of people that are willing to pay to play, the only issue being the authenticity of this game within the established universe.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

Arktouros Loopstah A large scale tug-of-war-style shooter game where you’re spawned in the game from a lobby-like UI? Is this not what Planetside is? Either way, i believe it will be a lot more like Planetside than Global Agenda, in terms of scale.

Arktouros
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Arktouros

Loopstah I find that incredibly depressing.
Why can’t any company do something awesome with this awesome IP?

Damonvile
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Damonvile

eLdritchMD UtopianWarrior Damonvile When someone expects games to be made for free, it’s not a big stretch to include everything in the industry to be done by people just giving their time away to make “your” experience better. That is what it’s all about after all.

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

Techbot Alpha UtopianWarrior

Heaven forfend that people would have to pay for a b2p game.

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

Loopstah Gamers might be, but landlords usually are not.  Bills need to be paid before the game is finished and early access can keep the lights on and pay developers to keep going when otherwise they would need to churn out a sub-par title or lay off staff.

Sartinme
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Sartinme

Loopstah The idea of early access for a price should just be called “release”.  If it’s not ready, don’t push it on the community.  As Mimiros said below they are moving keys and making money, but it that the best thing for the gaming community or the investors.  Gone are the days of open betas for trying out a game, now are the days of paying for a beta (alpha in some cases) only to realize the game to donated $20-30 to is nowhere close to finished or what you were even looking for.

Grimfargo
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Grimfargo

IMO early access is a neat feature for developers to fund their development of a game.
I have supported several games via early access and they have been terrific.
For example Divinity: Original Sin, Grim Dawn, Lichdom:Battlemage, The Long Dark, Wasteland 2.
Some of them I regret for example: Everquest:Landmark, Shroud of the Avatar, Star Citizen.
They only one I fully regret wasnt early access but I bought a lifetime subscription of Hellgate: Londen, never wasted money so obvious.
Kickstarter and Early Access are a good way to help developers and anyone who is investing money into a game should inform him/herself about it and dont blame the Kickstarter or Early Access platforms.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

Mimiros Loopstah Oh i am fully aware that it’s more financially lucrative to do Early Access. I am talking about player retention and overall future of the game.