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Indie dev offers $100 hack bounty for Early Access game Ark

One of the developers of Early Access game Ark: Survival Evolved is offering to pay players $ 100 for reporting reproducible exploits and hacks that can negatively impact official servers for the game. …


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Defense Grid studio halts development of Early Access game

Hidden Path, a studio best known for its work on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the Defense Grid tower defense games, has halted development of its Early Access title Windborne due to lack of funds. …


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WB Games Latest To Use Steam Early Access As Lego Worlds Joins Program

WB Games announced today the arrival of Lego Worlds on Steam's Early Access platform. The game is touted as a "limitless collection of procedurally generated worlds," bringing Minecraft and Lego one step closer to becoming a singularity. 

Tt Games, which is also developing two standard Lego titles and the upcoming Lego Dimensions toys-to-life game, is also working on this new title. Early Access players can unlock digital representations of some of Lego's physical building sets. More are planned in the future.

Lego Worlds will eventually support multiplayer and sharing features, though those are not available yet. WB Games anticipates the title remaining in Early Access until early 2016, at which time it will finalize a release candidate.

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Currently the game features the following items:

  • Procedurally Generated Worlds
  • Terrforming and Building tools
  • Discoveries and Unlocks
  • Rideable Creatures and Vehicles
  • Day/Night Cycle

WB Games anticipates the final version will also include:

  • Like/Dislike system for tailoring World Generation
  • Procedurally Generated Underground Cave Networks
  • LEGO ID integration to allow for sharing and uploading of in-game builds
  • Additional Biomes
  • Painting Themes
  • Pre-Generated Towns/Villages/Settlements relevant to the Biome
  • Updated AI Behaviors to provide organic feeling to free-roaming creatures and characters
  • Red Brick Extras
  • Full liquid behaviors
  • Additional Minifigure Characters and Creatures
  • Additional Vehicles and Pre-Built Models
  • Additional Weapons
  • Cut/Copy/Paste chunks of landscape
  • Underwater Gameplay (including Vehicles, Creatures and additional sea life)
  • Character Customizer
  • Online Multiplayer

With the release of Lego Worlds, WB Games joins Daybreak, Ubisoft, and Square Enix as a major publisher taking advantage of Steam's Early Access program. For more, you can check out the trailer above and the screenshots below.

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EA Kicks FIFA 15 Into EA Access On Xbox One

Electronic Arts has added another title to its EA Access membership program. FIFA 15 is the latest full title to become available to members of the program.

The latest entry in the annual soccer series is the tenth one on the roster. The full offerings include:

  • Battlefield 4
  • EA Sports UFC
  • FIFA 14
  • FIFA 15
  • Madden NFL 15
  • NBA Live 15
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • NHL 15
  • Peggle 2
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

For more on EA Access, including pricing and other benefits, check out our previous coverage.

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Our Take
EA seems to be adding its games to the Access service at a fairly reasonable clip. Nine months or so isn’t too long to wait for games you might not want to put on the must-buy list. It’s been less than a year since the service was announced, and EA hasn’t spoken much about its financial success or subscription numbers, just a comment in October that the service is surpassing expectations.

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How Codemasters surprise-launched Dirt: Rally onto Steam Early Access

We talk to Paul Coleman, lead designer on Dirt: Rally, about how Codemasters took its triple-A console franchise to Steam Early Access. …


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Shadowrun Chronicles Leaves Early Access, Offers Online Campaign Co-Op

Cyberpunk fans are likely already familiar with Harebrained Schemes' excellent Shadowrun Returns reboot. Because the role-playing world featuring cybernetic elves and orcs is too big for one studio, developer Cliffhanger Productions is officially releasing Shadowrun Chronicles – Boston Lockdown today on Steam. The game lets distant shadowrunners team up to take on the co-op campaign.

Cliffhanger released a new trailer for Shadowrun Chronicles, offering a glimpse of the game's bleak vision of a tech-infused fantasy future. 

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Shadowrun Chronicles was recently announced back in 2011 as Shadowrun Online. It entered Steam Early Access last year. For more information on Shadowrun Chronicles, and to pick up the game yourself, head over to the game's Steam page.

Our Take
Since Shadowrun Chronicles was first announced, Harebrained Schemes announced their Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter, got it funded, released the game to positive reviews, and funded another campaign on Kickstarter. That's a lot of Shadowrun since Cliffhanger Productions first announced its game (both games are officially licensed via rights holders Topps and Microsoft. Hopefully the several ongoing Shadowrun products don't confuse fans, and some folks check out Chronicles' intriguing online co-op.

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Beat Back The Hordes In Killing Floor 2 Early Access Trailer

If you enjoyed the expanded Horde Mode-like gameplay of the original sci-fi horror FPS Killing Floor, then you might want to nab Tripwire Interactive’s sequel, which hit’s Steam early access today.

Using weapons like the Double-barrel Boomstick and the ruthless Pulverizer, players can team up with up to 6 friends an try to survive an endless onslaught of monsters. Killing Floor 2 is available now for PC via Steam Early Access for $ 29.99. Check out the new screens and trailer below.

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Watch a Dev Diary on the guns of Killing Floor 2, or check out this video on zombie dismemberment.

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Killing Floor 2 Gets Steam Early Access Date & Details

Developer Tripwire Interactive has announced that Killing Floor 2 will hit Steam Early Access later this month, with a hopeful full release by the end of the year.

The Early Access version (out on April 21 for $ 29.99) contains three levels, four perk classes, 27 weapons, 11 Zeds, seven playable characters, a boss, and level creation.

Tripwire says that the final game will contain 10 perk classes and more weapons and levels, the balancing will be tweaked, and other features are being planned as well. The studio also says that this build of the game contains no game-breaking bugs and can be played solo or co-op.

For more on the game, take a look at this recent dev diary covering perks, animations, and more.

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Our Take
Developer Tripwire states very sincere in its Early Access notes that this version of the game is a fully functioning version of the game, and that this period is for balancing and testing. The studio won't commit to a firm release date, but given how clearly they've explained where the game currently is, what they believe Early Access is for, and what else needs to be done, it is confident the title will not be mired in Early Access forever.

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Early Access Version Of Victor Vran Introduces Four Player Cooperative Multiplayer

Victor Vran has been in early access on Steam for some time now and has seen multiple improvements and additions such as new levels, weapons and private stashes. Now four player cooperative multiplayer has been added so you can truly get a feel for the Diablo-like action RPG.

Coinciding with this update, Victor Vran will be discounted for a short time. You can check out the 4 player co-op in action below and get a look at the new scythe, rapier, and lightning gun weapons in the second video.

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Looking at their development roadmap on Steam, you can expect more content to be added to the early access version over time. Additionally early access Mac and Linux versions of Victor Vran are planned before the final launch. If you want to learn more about Victor Vran check out our preview from the initial reveal.

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Sunless Sea sales and funding data: From Early Access to final release

Rich data on the indie game: “On 1st July, we launched on Steam. Across all channels – our website, Steam and the Humble Store – we sold 28,423 copies in July. Of those, 72% were in the first week.” …


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