So where did Early access come from?
Being a child of the 90's and former professional Quake 3 athlete, I played a many hours in the Quake 3 alpha, cost free. Such was the case in the 90's, a wonderful time period.
Then, when consoles became connected to the internet and expansion packs had been corrupted intoIt was inevitable. Alphas and Betas, became, preorder demo's. With stats carrying over to the release date. A price hike. A gimmick.
Thus ends the free alpha/beta and so begins the age of consoles. A dark age, full of shit.
And yet you're a console gamer?
Also, how were you a child of the 90's?
Another example would be free2play. It has existed for more than a decade in the Asain markets. With fair pricing models.
Now, due to consoles, publishers are attempting to consciously, as a group, force paying full price for a game, as well as dlc, as well as a season pass, with microtransactions on top.
Will it work? Yes, of course it will. And much like all that is bad in gaming, is has by default leaked over to the pc, corrupted.