Battlefield, Evolve Devs Considering Early Access

Would you pay for early access to the next Battlefield game?

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Games like Day Z and Rust have proven that smaller developers can make a lot of money on games before they’re even finished, and now bigger publishers and developers are considering taking the same path.

Battlefield 4 developer DICE’s general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson recently told Game Informer that the company doesn't have anything to announce yet, but that it’s had discussions about the early access model for future games. "It comes not from a business perspective, but more from a perspective of if it would help us have a stable launch of the game," he said.

DICE recently launched a new Community Test Environment for Battlefield 4, which enables it to test new improvements and changes with the help of PC players. That method has already yielded a helpful netcode patch for a game that has suffered from a great deal of technical difficulties. Early access to future DICE games before they officially launch could supposedly help mitigate those types of issues.

In an interview with Gamasutra, Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios’ Phill Robb said that it would be great to have gamers witness and become a part of the development process. "Even on [Evolve], as we were playing it all these years, the game changed a lot, and there'd be features that'd go in, features that'd come out,” he said. “We always kind of lamented the fact that we couldn't take the community along on that ride.” He added that he and Turtle Rock co-founder and design director Chris Ashton would “love” to release a Steam Early Access game at some point.

Would you pay for early access to the next Battlefield or Turtle Rock game? Let us know in the comments below.

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Answer: No.


Reason: Why would we trust our funds to developers and publishers before the product is actually done? Theres always possibility for setbacks, delays or other ultimatums that might stretch the games final release a long time. When there are these few other "newcomers" to gaming industry taking their own cut; dlc content and chapter splitting (Metal Gear, Walking Dead etc).

Think you've gained and paid for early access for game that is going to be released fully with previously mentioned options... so long $, and the result for the product is still unknown..

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You have quality control testers for this reason!!! I love how they under utilize and under pay these people and then give them the middle finger and asked the public to pay to test their games, amazing KILL THAT NOISE !!!

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Please stop with this, not going to buy a game before it's done. Pre-ordering is one thing because you can cancel but early access is almost always a final sale that you end up stuck with if the game sucks.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Ah Folktale... the biggest waste of cash I've ever had. The truth is Early Access isn't the problem, but the idea and driving forces behind it.

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Early access needs to die an early death.

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Hell no!! EA can't even properly make a decent title with their money, why the frack would I trust them with my's before the game is actually finish?

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well, Battlefield 4 was an early access game....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> this had been used so much and yet its still worth every time

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I'd love to pay money to do a job someone used to get paid to do.

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Do I want to pay for a broken game? No, not really.


I cant stand this business model, yeah its better for the Devs, but its worse for the customer and I wish people would realise this. You're ruining your experience with a game just so you can get it a little earlier.

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LOL. I love how this is Steam's fault, but everyone loves Steam so they wont blame it. XD

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<< LINK REMOVED >> nah its minecrafts fault they did it before steam.

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Lol, ok. I've backed 2 early access games on steam, because they were games i considered interesting and were being developed by small teams who need the money. To pay like that for Battlefield makes no sense to me.

But, as I say to all early access cryboys, is up to each one to decide what to do with his own money.

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Yes EA I will be happy to test your games for you, and I won't even charge you that much.

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This is the weirdest business model. It's like paying for early access to a Pepsi, before they've added sugar.

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HAHAHA, you mean BF3 and 4 weren't Early Access games..? Screw that EA, you know they're going to deliver a steaming pile if you buy an EA (stands for both Early Access and Electronic Arts now) version...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> How did you read my mind and use my thoughts word for word????? hehe. Well beat me to it.

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I think it depends on the game. Battlefield ..eh.. easy no for me. I'm really enjoying my early access on Starbound though. One of the better games I've played in awhile with my son

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Or just have an open beta and when the game is reasonably bug-free and finished, charge full price for a finished game. Everybody wins.

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I really regret buying DayZ. Never again with these early access games.

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How about just do an open beta of the game, and let it run for a few weeks. It'll stress test everything.

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Isn't playing a Battlefield game on release kinda the same as playing early access already?

sorry.. couldn't help myself there.

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The jokes write themselves.

EA chasing the money of Day Z...

Battlefield charging for Early access...

I can't even...

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They should be paying US for testing out their games and fixing the bugs they're too lazy to hire people to find... GTA V Online, for example, they made the players sort out all the glitches and bugs by releasing an unfinished game and that was complete bullshit. I would definitely not pay for early access... I remember when nearly every game had a free demo of some sorts.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I preordered Destiny and got a Beta invite as a bonus... for free...

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> good for you? i don't see how that applies to anything i said.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You said they should be paying us to test it for them. I'm saying, at least Bungie were good enough to let us have a play for nothing.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You still had to preorder the game which is basically buying it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I was referring to how if you saw a game you might like, you could just go grab the demo for it. If you liked it, you bought the game. Nowadays demos are rare and not expected and betas are closed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That was then and now is now though. Things change, for better or worse, and I don't see having to preorder as a bad thing if it was a game I wanted to buy day one, just saves me going into town to get it -plus preorders are free on Amazon. I don't like the lack of demos anymore either, but I can't change it. Hell, I'd change most of the industry if I could.

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You know, I really hate this crap..."That was then and now is now"...."Things change".

Some of you will accept anything that is handed down to you from the industry.

It reminds me of the fools who defended Microsoft's Paywall Policy, forcing people to buy XBL on a 360 just to get Netflix.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm playing the hardline beta for free. should i get a cookie too?

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But people aready did pay for early access with Battlefield 4.

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I would if it were half price. Early access of Battlefield 5 at 29.99? sure, why not. Release date Battlefield 5 at 59.99? Hell no.

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"Would you pay for early access to the next Battlefield or Turtle Rock game?"


My answer is a resounding no.

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Thank you so much, DayZ!

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No, I would never pay for Early Access in a AAA game, why? Not only because, as some people have said, most AAA games are full of bugs at release, that even when having a beta don't get fixed, but also because the whole idea of Early Access is so small devs/indie companies can make the money to finish the game, it's also a way so they can test the game, how does it works with different PCs set ups, what bugs and glitches are in, since most indie companies have small teams (some are from 2 to 15 persons) it would be almost impossible for them to test all of this.

Meanwhile, why would a multimillionaire company with 300+ persons need Early Access? They don't need the money to finish it (devs with a Publisher(EA, Ubi, etc) get the money to make the game from the start), they don't need more people to test their game, since most of the have multiple PC set ups and other fancy stuff to do the test, along with the QA team, which gets paid for that. So basically a a big dev/company asking you moeny for Early Access would be pretty much:

"GIVE US MONEY TO DO THE JOB WE CAN ALREADY DO BUT SINCE WE'RE TOO GREEDY WE PREFER TO HAVE PEOPLE PAYING US TO DO IT INSTEAD OF PAYING OTHERS. PD: Bugs are not actually going to get fixed in Early Access but from 6 to a year after game release. Have fun.(see any DICE and EA game) "

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...thats the last battlefield I paid for, thats for sure.

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For Battlefield I think that a permanent Premium service that spans across titles and allow early access to next titles could be a big hit and allow to build an even stronger community - again across multiple titles.

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Don't they already release early access games? You pay full price for a game that needs multiple patches just to make it playable.

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With over hyped and poorly optimized AAA titles (Looking at you Titanfall and Watchdogs) , I'm to the point where I won't even purchase until a game has been released for at least a good week or so.

Why in the world would I hand out cash to AAA devs before the game is even finished.

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