Want to check out titles that are currently under development? Well now is your chance as Valve launches its Steam Early Access program that lets gamers purchase, play, and offer feedback on titles that are actively being developed. Gamers are encouraged to get involved with the development process by either, giving feedback, participating in discussions, posting screenshots, or writing guides. For developers, this gives them the chance to connect with their audience early while updating the game and pricing over time.
Valve says the Steam Early Access program will be filled with both free and paid titles. Currently the program is being launched with 12 titles, such as Under the Ocean, Kerbal Space Program, and Drunken Robot Pornography from a number of developers. Only one title is being offered for free at the moment while the others range from $6.99 to $32.99. The pricing of these games may change over time as developers may offer a discount for buying early or charge a premium depending on their needs.
“We like to think of games and game development as services that grow and evolve with the involvement of customers and the community.” said the company on their FAQ explaining the program. “We like to support and encourage developers who want to ship early, involve customers, and build lasting relationships that help everyone make better games.”
Before buying the game, Steam encourages prospective buyers to check out the games first and see what the games look like in its current form, whether or not they would enjoy playing its current state. Also check out how regularly the developers update the games. If you’re interested, head on over to the Steam Early Access to check out the first dozen games available.