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Crypt of the NecroDancer boogies on Early Access July 30

Break out the shovels, swords and dance pads; roguelike/rhythm hybrid Crypt of the NecroDancer is zombie-shuffle-dancing its way to Steam Early Access on July 30. It will be available for PC, Mac and Linux.

Not everyone will have to wait until the…
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Adventurzator: When Pigs Fly coming to Steam Early Access

Brazilian developer Pigasus Games will be releasing its premier title: Adventurzator: When Pigs Fly on Steam Early Access on July 23rd. Adventurzator is an adventure-game-developing game that seeks to cut out the middleman of complicated technical knowledge for users by offering robust tools for emergent design. Characters, levels and campaigns can all be created and shared between players/creators, along with cutscenes to tie together their original narratives. One of the big selling points is the ease of interaction between objects in the world- in the words of the developers, “Objects dynamically interact with each other – no need to manually make a cup and a water fountain find what they can accomplish together.”

The When Pigs Fly portion of the title refers to the pre-made example campaign, only six levels (out of twelve) of which will be released during early access “to avoid spoiling too much.” To summarize, on July 23rd you will be able to buy part of a game in which you make games, only part of whose toolset will be released, which features- within it- a game that is intentionally incomplete. And you won’t get the whole campaign until that murky early access “end date” is reached, regardless of whether or not you paid the full price. To be fair, Pigasus seems to be trying to manage consumer expectations as fairly as possible; they recommend waiting out the early access unless you’ve got a “mid-range video card or better (GF450+/HD5750+).”

I don’t want to call a game bad before it releases, and there doesn’t seem to be any info to suggest that Adventurzator, when it’s officially released as a full game, shouldn’t at least be decent. However, for gamers who don’t want to throw $ 15 (early access buyers get a 25% discount from the promised $ 20 at release) around on a hopefully-decent product that has had content intentionally withheld* I urge you to stay your wallets. Adventurzator could provide a lovely platform for user-friendly, shareable game-creation. When such a product is released, be sure to check back.

* Currently only levels 1-3 are finished, but assuming that the rest are developed during the course of early access then 6-12 will be withheld until full release.

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ID@Xbox devs would like early access too, please

Xbox developers are requesting the ability to participate in a Steam-style early access initiative, according to Chris Charla, director of the ID@Xbox program. In a recent interview with Develop, Charla said the issue was one he and his team think…
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Adam Boyes would like to give Early Access to the PS4

Sony Computer Entertainment of America VP of Developer and Publisher Relations Adam Boyes (man that business card must be long) is interested in making an Early Access-style program for PS4 developers, according to a recent interview with…
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Heroes and Generals beta now available through Steam Early Access

It has been announced that the beta version of Heroes and Generals, the free-to-play WWII from Reto-Moto, is now available to download through Steam Early Access.

Heroes and Generals blends FPS with RTS, and lets players take on the role of an Infantryman, Tank Gunner, Fighter Pilot, Recon, Paratrooper, or General in a persistent war being fought on the European front between Axis and Allied forces.

The release date for the completed version of Heroes and Generals is yet to be determined, but more information on the title can be found at the official Steam page.

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Habitat finds life on Steam Early Access

Habitat, the Kickstarted space-physics strategy game from 4gency, is now on Steam Early Access for $ 15 on PC, Mac and Linux, published by Versus Evil. This is the game that lets you fight with the Eiffel Tower in space. Now we all remember.

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‘Why not’ release Planetary Annihilation Early Access at retail, says dev

Early Access is in something of a delicate situation right now; a pickle, if you will. A dill, kosher, crunchy pickle, with some people excited over the pickle and some people disgusted. Either way, pickle juice is leaking out of the digital world…
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Super Joystiq Podcast 101: Destiny alpha, Titan Souls, indie pubs, early access

This week’s Super Joystiq Podcast self-modulates so its performance doesn’t sound out of place.

E3 2014 is done, over, finished. We had our episode 100 spectacular from the show, so if you missed that, go and catch up on every single staff members’…
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Origin offers free time-limited access to games, starting with Titanfall

Titanfall will be free to download and play for 48 hours this weekend as part of Origin’s new Game Time service. Unlike Steam’s Free Weekend program, Origin is making select games free for a set period of time that starts once you begin…
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Secret Ponchos now slapping iron on Steam Early Access

Strap on your six-shooters and sharpen your spurs: Secret Ponchos has officially made its Steam Early Access debut.

Officially described as a blend of fighting game character diversity and the more intuitive action of an arena shooter, Secret…
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