It’s a common practice for developers to sell access to unfinished games on Steam. Sometimes all parties know exactly what they’re getting into like with Don’t Starve, but there are other times when gamers aren’t told they’re buying into what’s essentially an alpha or beta. Towns and The War Z both come to mind in this regard. That kind of confusion will become less common now that Valve has created a new section in Steam dedicated to games that are playable, but still in development.
Steam Early Access currently contains 12 games. Their prices range from $6.99 for Under the Ocean to $32.99 for Arma 3 Alpha. Players who purchase early access to these games will receive every update as they become available. They can also help developers determine the direction of the game in terms of features and tweaks.
Buying into these games can also be a bit of a risk. Game development isn’t easy or cheap. Some games may seem promising, but could end up abandoned for a multitude of reasons. It’s up to each individual to research the game they want to check out and determine if it’s something they want to support over time.
Here is the current selection of early access games:
- Arma 3 Alpha – $32.99
- Kerbal Space Program – $22.99
- StarForge – $19.99
- Kenshi – $15.99
- Prison Architect - $29.99
- Kinetic Void – $19.99
- Under the Ocean – $6.99
- Gnomoria – $7.99
- Patterns – $9.99
- Gear Up: Premium – $9.99
- Drunken Robot Pornography – $9.99
- 1…2…2… KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) – $9.99