Don't expect that Early Access game to get finished, says Steam's quietly updated FAQ

June 4, 2014Article

That Early Access game you got on the Steam digital distribution service may be in development for a while after you buy it. In fact, it might not get finished at all. And game publisher Valve is now being clear about that fact.

The Early Access portal — which enables Steam customers to buy games still in early development  — has seen some remarkable successes. Just look at the open-world zombie game DayZ, which made $5.1 million in its first 24 hours. Until recently, the FAQ for the Early Access portal implied that all games in the program would progress to full release.

The FAQ now has a clear statement included that says the opposite. It reads: “You should be aware that some teams will be unable to ‘finish’ their game. So you should only buy an Early Access game if you are excited about playing it in its current state.”

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