The Daily Grind: Do you play MMOs in early access?

    
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Playing at least one or two early access games is just kind of part of the nature of playing video games these days, especially on the PC. You’re going to play something that’s still heavily into the testing phase and that’s just to be expected.

But playing an early access MMO is something different. No, not a game that’s pretending it’s still in beta when it’s long since fully launched on multiple platforms (we see you, Warframe); I’m talking about games that both claim to be in early access and are visibly still early in development.

On the one hand, playing games like this is an interesting look at the development process through conception to execution. On the other hand, I’m currently blanking on any games that have actually managed to make it out of early access in this manner; more often, these titles languish there. Plus, there’s the amount of pressure involved in making a game that manages to successfully has both a live branch as well as its testing branch in early access… but that’s another discussion altogether. Have you ever played an MMO in early access? Would you consider it?

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Roger Edwards

I like to play an MMO or indeed any game, when it is ready. IE in working order and fit for purpose. When baking, I do not take a spoonful of flour from the mixing bowl, eat it and then complain “this cake is shit”.

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Hayn82

I am still baffled with Warframe Beta tag, look like the dev just forget about it years ago. In the matter of early access, my backlog is just too long for me to justify entering early access, so I just wait games to full release

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EmberStar

I did, a long time ago. Sort of. At the time it was called “beta access,” although this was the “you’ve bought a preorder” kind of Beta and not the really old “genuine testing Beta” form.

But now? No, I barely get any games in Early Access. There have been too many disappointments, where it seemed like something I’d really enjoy. Until the devs drastically changed direction from what I just bought, or the dev team collapses. Dyson Sphere Program is one of the first Early Access games I’ve bought in literally a couple of years now.

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quark1020

Maybe if its free and it offers something different or unique.

Otherwise, no. I’m not spending money on something that is uncomfortably likely to never be completed, and I don’t need another wow clone in my life.

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Pandalulz

Short answer: no. More philosophical answer: are they ever really out of early access?

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Dankey Kang

Depends how bored I am

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creationguru

Will not ever again hell on that same note I will not play a beta the most I will do is the early head start when the game is launching.

I will never support early access as 1 it takes all the surprise out of a game (love that FFXIV does not even have a public beta server) and 2 I refuse to support gaming keeping the early access label to avoid criticism

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Anstalt

No

In general, I avoid early access as much as possible. Why would I want to play – and pay for – an unfinished game? Doesn’t make sense to me. Why not wait until it launches and then play the whole game?!

With MMOs specifically, early access completely destroys my desire to play the game. I LOVE launch day! I love that day 1 community, it’s the most exciting time to play an MMORPG, being surrounded by 1000s of other players all learning the game for the first time.

Early access kills the day 1 community. It spreads that community out over months or years, greatly diluting the experience to the point where that launch day feeling no longer exists at all.

So, I’ll never play an MMO that has been through an early access phase again. I know I won’t enjoy it.

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Tobasco da Gama

My backlog is too big to play any game that’s not “complete” in some sense. Warframe is technically an exception due to that “beta” tag, but on the other hand it’s obviously just as “complete” as any other continuously-updated live service game.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Bryan Correll

Mark this one down for awards season.

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Utakata

Lol! :)

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