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DayZ hits 3 million sales after 13 months in Early Access

The popular standalone version of DayZ has hit 3 million sales in just over a year — as the team works to rebuild its engine from the ground up. …


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Armello enters Game of Early Access Thrones

Digital board game Armello is available now on Steam Early Access. Developed by Australian studio League of Geeks, the strategy-RPG hybrid delivers eye candy, with analog gameplay mechanics like cards, dice-rolling combat, along with digital aspects …
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Early Access zombie survival hit DayZ tops 3 million sales

Publisher Bohemia Interactive has revealed that DayZ, the cult-hit, open-world zombie survival game, has attracted more than three million sales since its debut on Steam’s Early Access platform.

DayZ arrives at this milestone only a year after reach…
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EA Access offers first look at Battlefield Hardline

General PSA for EA Access subscribers, and likely to be similar to the Dragon Age: Inquisition promotion, Battlefield: Hardline will also be available early through the service.

“Yes, you will be able to get early access to Battlefield Hardline thro…
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Sony Online’s H1Z1 Hits Steam Early Access

You can now get an early look at Sony Online's upcoming zombie survial multiplayer game.

H1Z1 is now available as a Steam Early Access title. There are two tiers of Early Access: Standard ($ 19.99) and Premium ($ 39.99). Standard gets you three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while Premium gets you 25 event tickets, three airdrop tickets, six crates, four crate keys, and an Aviator Hat crafting recipe.

SOE is very keen on getting feedback from players during this early access. It's posted a blog entitled "What You Can Expect From H1Z1 Early Access," which is a pretty detailed – and frank – evaluation of the game and its most notable flaws and areas for improvement at present time.

The developers are also encouraging Early Access players to leave feedback about the game on the game's official Reddit and the offiicial H1Z1 forums.

The H1Z1 Early Access is now available on Steam.

SOE has also released a new Early Access trailer for the game, which you can watch below.

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There's no denying how popular Early Access passes are in video games today. On the one hand, it's great that developers are actively involving the community in the development process. It's obviously something gamers want. Still, the more cynical part of me thinks companies have basically just convinced everyone to pay to be in their public betas. Oh well, it's your dime.

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Natural Selection 2 dev’s ‘Subnautica’ dives into Steam Early Access

Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds launched its latest game on Steam Early Access this week, Subnautica. In it, players submerse themselves in an “alien underwater world” with brightly-colored creatures and environments, such as coral reefs…
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EA Sports UFC kicks back on EA Access next week

The full version of EA Sports UFC will be available through EA Access starting next Thursday, December 18. The mixed martial arts game will enter the Xbox One streaming service’s “Vault,” allowing subscribers to play the game as much as they like. EA…
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Don’t Starve Together Enters Early Access December 15

Don't Starve has been a big success for Klei Entertainment, and the company continues moving forward with its plans for a standalone multiplayer add-on, Don't Starve Together.

Klei is opening up Don't Starve Together in beta form on Steam Early Access, and you can get a taste of what to expect by watching the trailer below.

According to the game's site, Don't Starve Together enters early access on December 15 as part of the "Frontier Pack." The pack includes Don't Starve and two copies of the beta version of Don't Starve Together for $ 20. If you already have the base game on Steam, the pack only costs $ 5. 

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EA Sports UFC Is The Next Free Game On EA Access

Attempting to keep pace with PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Games With Gold services, Electronic Arts continues to add titles to its EA Access game subscription service. The latest title in the lineup is EA Sports UFC, the first entry in the UFC franchise since EA acquired it from THQ in 2012.

The inclusion of EA Sports UFC on December 18 will bring the total count of games free with EA Access to seven, joining including titles like Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Unlike Sony and Microsoft’s offerings, EA’s service never removes games from its collection, meaning that no matter when you subscribe, you’ll have access to the same games enjoyed by longtime members.

EA Access is currently only available on Xbox One at $ 5 per month or $ 30 per year. Along with the host of free games, subscribers get to play EA games five days before their general release and a 10-percent discount on digital content by EA.

EA Sports UFC is coming to EA Access on December 18. To find out what resident GI editor Ben Reeves thought of the game, check out his review.

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Our Take
For many gamers, the viability of EA Access will depend on the publisher continuing to add new games to its fledgling library. UFC may not be a big draw for most subscribers, but it's still another free game, and shows a continued dedication on EA's part to improve the service.

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H1Z1 brings the zombie apocalypse to Early Access in January

Publisher Sony Online Entertainment has announced that its upcoming, open-world zombie apocalypse MMO H1Z1 will debut on Steam’s Early Access service on January 15.

Normally this is where we’d warn you that Early Access games are, by definition, not…
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