Reader Discussion – How Do You Feel About The State Of Early Access Games?

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Early Access, for as long as its existed, has been derided for many reasons. The notion of paying a developer for an unfinished game has often rubbed consumers the wrong way, especially in the early days, when there were precious few games that serve as a testament to how useful the release format could be, allowing developers to let players play a key role in the formation of the game.

Fast forward a few years, and we have a few great titles that have emerged from Early Access, like PUBG and Subnautica. PUBG in particular has become one of the most famous (and perhaps influential) games of its time. So, reader: how do you feel about the state of Early Access in a post-PUBG world?

For my own part, I'm pretty comfortable giving money to a game that's being developed in the public eye that way, if I have faith in the vision and the talent behind the game. A rarity, for sure, but I've never scoffed at the idea of buying an Early Access title.

What about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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