I’ve now played a good number of Early Access titles, and while overall I like the system and how Steam runs it, I do have a personal problem with playing EA games; sometimes by the time the game is fully released, I’m already bored with it, or have played it enough to not be all that excited when it finally hits version 1.0.
The best example of this is Prison Architect. It’s a great game, and has been in EA for a long time. I didn’t jump in until about a year ago, and played the game a good amount. Between that time and release, a few new features were added, but overall Prison Architect still felt/played mostly like the version I played before, which in turn didn’t lead me to push past the samey stuff to see the new stuff. For all I know the new stuff is really awesome, but I just can’t get to it or really enjoy it because I feel like I’m just playing the same game I’ve already played.
ARK is a little bit like this too. Since the group I had been playing with stopped, I’ve had a tough time diving back in. All the while ARK is getting new content, which sounds great, but the core game is still the same, so again I’m having a tough time pushing through the samey stuff to get to the new stuff.
I like supporting EA games I think show promise, because I think without EA some of these games either never get started or don’t make it to the end, but I’m going to have to seriously consider how I actually PLAY the EA games I buy into. Age of Deception was in early access, I played it a little bit, but stopped once I figured out I liked it and waited until full release. That worked, so this will have to be the approach going forward.