Eternal Crusade preps for Steam early access launch

Eternal Crusade is preparing for Steam early access, says Behaviour Interactive Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson.

“We are now preparing to fully move over to the Early Access program on Steam, where you can easily get into our Closed Alpha with all the payment options they offer and the ease of use of the Steam platform. We’ll be communicating more about our Early Access launch in the coming weeks and our servers will of course remain open.”

Richardsson says sales of packages under the current Founders program will come to an end on January 25th when retail prices take effect. “We will strive to offer similar early adopter and influencer programs for our other platforms (Mac, Consoles etc) as we want other platforms to have that opportunity as well,” he explains.

The game had a rocky 2015, losing multiple key devs, canceling early game access modules, and reducing scope to release sooner. The studio also migrated the game to a new engine last year. Closed alpha has been underway since September.

Source: Press release, official site
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A Dad Supreme ennstamatic Oh and I just realized I didn’t answer your other question. Moving to Early Access is more moving to their framework, not starting to ask for more money again. It’s a continuation, just in a different place. And our Founders program simply doesn’t fit into that framework, so we have to adapt. We know the stigma, but we believe in ourselves and what we’re creating will overcome that :)

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A Dad Supreme ennstamatic Thank you! Much appreciated :)

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Joseph C chriskovo We were never on Kickstarter and we had a full refund policy for those that didn’t like the changes to the initial scope of the game I announced early 2015 and out that year.

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chriskovo Joseph C To clarify for everyone, I wasn’t here a year ago so all the promises from the 2 years before regularly pop up. My job here is going from “impossible” to “fucking awesome and achievable”, it’s what I’m good at and why I’m here. That required drastic changes I announced very early after my arrival.

During those years before and during 2015, we had a full open refund policy and some people utilized that option but few actually did, because we all share a common vision of a great game in the end.

So to reiterate, there was a full refund policy in place for those that disliked the change in the scope of the game which we honored.

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Joseph C chriskovo Actuallly they were selling it directly off their website it wasn’t even a kickstarter, with no warnings on their website about it.   So its on them.   Its also on them that they did not develop the infrastructure back end first before making all their promises.   They wasted money on a front end client that they then dropped for  a new engine instead of you know actually developing the servers themselves.

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Alien Legion DugFromTheEarth erm, planetside is about the most contrary to a lobby shooter that exists.

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chriskovo Joseph C Then those people should be granted money back. Or learn that kickstarter isn’t a place for finished products. You are essentially taking the place of a the companies that produce these games, and now we see what they see. They promise you something, but they owe you only what they are capable of creating.
At least try to be happy with having something rather than absolutely nothing, and happy with the fact you put no money down. To the others, well, that’s business, and this is the sort of crap that the companies we yell about being such pieces of shit have to go through. When it happens to us, Gods are we pissed, but we expect miracles and wonders from the promises of devs and the producing companies who try to hype those games to get their money/investment back.

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Alien Legion why didnt u just pay 10 bucks and get space marine its basically teh same game now

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Joseph C No they are pissed because they were promised a planetside 2 world with a warhammer theme.   They sold the game like that like snake oil salesmen.   Then changed the entire scope of the game.   Why should they not be pissed?   They were enticing people to spend money for a year before they admitted their own incompetence and then did not offer to return anyone’s money.   IM sorry its bs and i am so glad i waited to invest in the game.    I would have loved a warhammer ps2 game.   I hate now that they are basically selling me Space Marine the game again and expect me to give them money.

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Spiffy, was going to get a founders pack this month till stupid bills popped up but glad its going to be on the early access so probably pick it up in February sometime. The streams have been looking fun and hopefully at some point down the road they get the orks in there and I can yell waaaagh as I take out space marines