“Early Access does not disavow developers of responsibility, de Waubert adds, and they should still be prepared to offer something worthwhile to their players, along with the guarantee that improvements are to come. He says he’s also concerned that many use Early Access as a way to shore up development costs, to tide themselves over.”
While we talked about his new game, the creative lead behind Endless Legend had some fair points to make about Steam Early Access and direction the games industry seems to be going in.
Endless Legend looks promising. A couple of years back, I wrote about how I missed Master of Magic and how I felt like fantasy 4X games never really had that sort of scope again. Or even took off. We were always more invested in setting those sorts of things in space instead.
Well, now we’ve got our new Age of Wonders and Eador and Warlock and all sorts, but Endless Legend is the one that might appeal to me the most. Possibly. There’s still a lot to be done and strategy games like these need more than just a test drive. I demand a lot of replay value from my 4X titles, you know.