EA not doing Early Access…yet

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Utilising the Early Access model, developers put out alpha versions of games and have the community act as testers, giving developers feedback and helping shape the game. They of course, pay for this privilege. We told you before how DICE was considering utilising the Early Access development model for some of its games. It looks like that may, thankfully, not happen,

In an interview with Game Informer, EA Boss Andrew Wilson said the company wasn’t considering Early Access.

“We’re not close to anything," he told Game Informer when asked about them implementing an Early Access model. "What you have seen from us is a willingness to bring gamers in early and you’ll continue to see that."

"You saw us launch a Battlefield: Hardline beta much, much earlier than we ever would before," he continued. "You see us bring players to Dawngate over the last year before the thing was ready for prime time."

EA’s recently announced a new Xbox One exclusive subscription service that allows players to play EA’s games a little earlier – but that’s not quite what Early Access is.

"To the extent that we’d run a model like the DayZ model, I don’t know," he said. "I don’t know. It’s an ongoing conversation. I would much rather do it in the context of a beta scenario where we bring people in and when it’s time to ask them for money we’re delivering them a great game, but who knows?"

"The world will evolve and our job is to listen to how players want to engage," he said. 

I’m not all to fond of the early access model – but it has resulted in some great things, like Minecraft, DayZ and Rust.

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Last Updated: September 11, 2014

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Editor. 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.

  • dawith

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  • Joe Black

    Early access takes all the magic out of games. Given it might work well for sandbox games, but I think AAA title vendors should not try to leave their laundry out to dry before they’ve even smelled the cheese. Most of these grandiose creations they push already rely almost exclusively on advertising hype to sell as many copies as possible before gamers get bored of what seemingly is inevitably droll renditions of genres which were ground breaking 10 years ago. Relying almost exclusively on the endless supply of better and better visual icing and ever more creative dumbing down mechanisms to make money.

    • “should not try to leave their laundry out to dry before they’ve even smelled the cheese”

    • Wyzak

      If you don’t like early access, don’t subscribe to it. If it spoils the game for you that’s your own problem. I’d rather be able to decide when I want to get into a game than be forced to have to wait until the very end of the cycle.

      • Joe Black

        Yeah sure of course. Whatever floats your boat.

        • Wyzak

          It’s true, if you don’t like it fine. But why deny it to others who might like it?

          • Joe Black

            I’m not denying a single thing. I gave my opinion. You gave yours. Seems square to me.

  • Why can’t they just make it a demo dammit.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Why would they make a demo when they can get you to pay for them to make a demo?

      • Because that’s wrong. Like kicking puppies and stuff…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That’s why they invented a new kind of ethics called business ethics, which basically means you can do whatever you want as long as it’s good for your own business.

          I love how people try to redefine things to suit themselves.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Actually please do, and make sure console gamers get to experience it too.

  • MakeItLegal

    i thought bf 4 was in earl access for a year now ? or is that beta or alpha ?

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