Valve quietly warns Steam Early Access games may never be “finished”
Valve has updated their Steam online FAQ to warn those purchasing Steam Early Access titles that these projects may never be finished.
In theory Steam Early Access is a great idea as it allows developers to continue funding development and get their games into the hands of those who are eager to play it and get a bit of alpha and beta testing done into the bargain.
Lately though there has been a number of high profile examples of games so bad and so broken that should never have been on the service in the first place as well as a number of others that have ceased development altogether.
The new FAQ entry states, “It's up to the developer to determine when they are ready to 'release'. Some developers have a concrete deadline in mind, while others will get a better sense as the development of their game progresses. 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.”
Of course, for the most part, Steam Early Access is doing a great job with titles like DayZ and Rust securing millions of dollars to continue development. Numerous titles so make it out to full release like Hawken and Ghost Recon: Phantoms to name but a few.