Battlefield developers considering Early Access

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Early Access is one of those new things in videogames, where the devout can spend cash to get access to a game well before its completed. For some reason, people actually want to pay a premium to play broken, unfinished games. It’s something that the DICE is considering doing for future Battlefield games – though that exactly what they did with Battlefield 4.

“We have nothing to announce, but we are having discussions when it comes to [early access],” DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson told Gameinformer.

Of course EA and DICE don’t need the cash injection that smaller developers gain from paid early access. Their reason for considering it would be to help make their games better at launch.

“It comes not from a business perspective, but more from a perspective of if it would help us have a stable launch of the game.”

It’s a little different from a public or even semi-public beta though, like the one that they’re currently running for their Cops and Robbers simulator in which people will level entire cities because somebody stole something, Battlefield Hardline.

“We probably wouldn’t open the floodgates for everyone, but we might do it for geographical territories or people who bought the last game,” Troedsson said..

“It is something we are considering, not from a business standpoint, but from one of creating quality in our products.”

In short, DICE Is contemplating charging people to play unfinished games. Business as usual, then.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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