Following Early Access games, especially smaller indie games, is both fascinating and very frustrating. On the one hand, you get to see a game shape up in almost real-time, as well as see how they are learning and adapting their game. On the other hand, since the games progress is at the mercy of a small group, if not one person, that sometimes leads to large gaps in progress, uneven development velocity, and sometimes a game going in a very different direction than you initially expected.
I’ve mentioned Rimworld here before, and when I was playing it earlier in the summer, updates were pretty frequent. However the last update/news was back on 6/3/2017. That’s… not great. Is Rimworld dead? Is a huge update coming? Did the guy making it just take a little break? The joys of small-time early access…
I posted about Castle Story, another EA title, a few days ago. Having now played it, I can safely say its about 30 minutes to maybe an hour of fun before you see the whole game. How the hell do you spend 5+ years working on something that simple and small? Just makes no sense, especially because the foundation (or in this case, the whole game) is pretty solid. Building stuff is fun, the resource gathering isn’t terrible, and the animations/graphics are cute. But if you have beaten back one wave of enemies, you have beat back all of them. Very strange, and kinda disappointing.
On the other hand you have a game like PUBG, which is also in EA, but at the same time is one of the most popular games out. Such an odd dynamic. And who knows how long PUBG will be popular. Will it be like LoL or CS:GO, where it becomes a staple of gaming? Or will it be a game like DayZ, massively popular while in development, and then dies before it even makes it out for official release?
Humor corner: Just watched a PUBG eSport event, where in the final game, the eventual winner of a best-of-three series won despite just looting meds, sitting in a rock, and eventually dying to the circle. Guess Gevlon was right all along!
Oh wait, he also outright won the second game and had a K/D above 0.1. Nevermind.