Modern-fantasy dungeon-crawler Breach enters early access tomorrow

    
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After spending the last few months in alpha testing, multiplayer dungeon-crawler Breach is almost ready to make the leap to early access, allowing players who have preordered the game to get their first taste of the game’s unique flavor of cooperative/asymmetrical multiplayer RPG action. To prepare for the occasion, the folks at QC Games have released a new early-access FAQ as well as a roadmap for the coming months.

Breach’s early access will officially begin tomorrow, January 17th, but players who preordered a founder’s pack on Steam will be receiving their access codes via e-mail sometime before early access officially begins, which presumably means sometime today. In addition, players will also receive codes that can be redeemed in the Breach launcher to claim any preorder bonuses.

Early access is just the beginning of a busy year for Breach, though, as detailed in the new early access roadmap. From January to March, players can look forward to getting their hands on three new classes — the Pyromancer, the Shadow Master, and the Medic — as well as a new map, new enemies, and the game’s challenge system. Then, from April to June, the devs will be adding three yet-unannounced hero classes as well as a new veil demon, story quests, and “an entirely new 5v5 mode.”

Early access will wrap up from July to September, which will see even more hero classes, a new veil demon, and “more new features,” though we don’t yet have any details on what exactly those features may be. Of course, as with any roadmap, the plans are subject to change, but if you want to check out what Breach has in store for players as it hits the early access milestone, you can find the full roadmap over on the game’s official site.

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Tobasco da Gama

I haven’t been watching this one, but then somebody name-dropped TSW in the comments here, so I looked into previous coverage.

Looks like it’s Evolve (4v1 asymmetric PvP) with a TSW skin? I liked Evolve a lot, so this is totally on my radar now.

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Armsbend

enough people here seem to be interested in it to put on the watchlist at the least.

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IronSalamander8 .

Keeping my eye on this one. It looks like fun and I like the more active combat it appears to contain.

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Solaris

I liked Breach quite abit. Voice acting needs work, but I loved the Secret worldish theme and Global Agenda like missions. Will be playing this.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The game is fun. It has some really solid gameplay. It’s got some things I’d like to see improved like the UI and the hair textures, but it’s well on its way.

The Veil Demon is pretty darn tough, but that’s why it’s 4v1. You really need to work as a team to beat the Veil player.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of the story missions come together. Right now, with only 3 of the instances in place, the story is a bit disjointed.
Still, I’ll definitely be playing/streaming it.

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Crowe

I’ll check this out when it hits full release. I tried one of the alphas and it had some interesting ideas. But the co-op play (which is really the only thing I’d be interested in) was pretty rough as a healer. I only did two co-op dungeons and I got repeatedly slaughtered in both.

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Akagi

They are scammers and scumbags. They give keys for labrats to test the game (first test was 3 hours, second was 3 days) and then they revoke keys and expect everyone to pay money for a F2P game that’s stolen the story of The Secret World and the gameplay of Warframe…

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Greaterdivinity

Uh…what? Beta testing has never, ever guaranteed free access to the paid version of a game. Ever.

And beyond that, how did they “steal” the story of SW (did I miss the bees? the faction battles over control of the “secret” world? compelling narratives with moody atmosphere and top-notch writing/cutscenes?) or the gameplay of Warframe (I don’t see any flipping all over the place, nor do I see anything else that reminds me much of Warframe)?

There’s more to modern fantasy than just Secret World, and there’s more to third person action looter shooters than Warframe.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It certainly has some Secret World-like vibes, but that’s hardly unique. I actually found a setting for Hunter: The Reckoning (published in 2003) titled “The Secret World” and it pretty much describes the premise of the game in a handful of paragraphs.

Execution is everything.

The rest is Weilan said is inaccurate. There were no less than 12 Alpha tests just since they opened their Discord. These were just the 3 (not 2, they had one last weekend) that they basically sent everyone keys.

And yes, a good developer who is following a proper testing path will often revoke keys after moving from alpha to beta or EA.

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Adam tecnavia

yawn….

Wake me when the game is actually ready to play. Early access is crap, and the industry has become to complacent with charging gamers for unfinishied garbage.

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Reht

I was in the last tech alpha that just ended. This is more than just “unfinished garbage” – it’s in a lot better state than a lot of other EA titles. There’s a playable game. Yeah, it needs some tweaks and fine tuning as well as more content, but i don’t see it riding Early Access for years like a lot of the other titles. I think of this EA as more of paid beta than a paid alpha like most other ones.

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Adam tecnavia

There is still zero reason to release the game when its hardly finished. Early access promotes terrible game development

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Reht

It is what it is and I agree in principle. However, my point is this isn’t a “hardly finished” game like most EA titles.

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luxundae

I mean, the reason is because most studios don’t have funding to complete the game in one go. Their options are (1) don’t make the game or (2) come up with a way to make money off the game during development. Early Access is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to approach option 2. Much better than selling spaceships or land deeds for systems that don’t exist yet.

I would certainly agree that, in a perfect world, all studios would have the funding necessary to just make the game. But this doesn’t appear to be that world.

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Greaterdivinity

So I haven’t been able to figure this out but…is it going to be F2P at EA launch, or ever? Or are they taking the route of charging for founders packs for EA and then transitioning to F2P (or just staying B2P) for the launch?

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Reht

I think it’s founder’s pack early access then F2P at launch.

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Jack Kerras

This is correct.

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Akagi

$30 for Early Access then F2P.

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Reht

You get some perks, a few unlocked classes, etc., but for the most part, yeah.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Nope.

Early access will wrap up from July to September, which will see even more hero classes, a new veil demon, and “more new features,” though we don’t yet have any details on what exactly those features may be.

Get thee gone, curse of Early Access.

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Jack Kerras

I love playing EA games. I’m noisy and I know a lot about games (from playing and developing) and I feel like I’ve helped to make a difference. I legitimately pay to help out, not to get into a game early, because I like to be a part of things in a way that has no real requirements of me; I can just sit back and wait for the game to get better if it’s going wrong, or write some substantial article on how it’s gone wrong and what can be done to solve it.

I’ve seen real changes happen that came right out of the posts I’ve made, and been mentioned a time or two. I like it a lot, I feel like I’m helping, and I enjoy watching things grow and evolve. Fortnite STW since Alpha 3 has been fucking fascinating, frankly, before and after BR swept the country.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

That’s a wonderful reason to buy into Early Access. But from my experience, EA has simply become a crutch. Development drags on for years and years. Games evolve in strange directions and the player base disappears. I’ve been enthusiastic about some EA titles only to have their original goals pushed out by EA success until there’s no way they’ll be able to meet all their promises, they become overburdened and give up.

If Breach is any good, if it survives EA tinkering, if it matures into a whole, real game, then it will get some of my time.