Since the arrival of Early Access games on Steam there has been quite the divide on whether they are a good thing or a disaster. Some argue Early Access is great for gamers interested in helping out promising games become even better through constant feedback and updates. Others say it is a place for developers to squeeze easy money from unfinished games, only to abandon them once the money well runs dry.
My personally opinion on Early Access is quite a sour one, after being let down several times. However, we could be in for a real treat with GOG‘s new in-development games store.
I know what you’re thinking, that it’s the same old story on repeat, right? well. GOG aims to combat the drama and uncertainty of Early Access by heavily curating it’s new storefront. GOG promises a no-questions-asked refund for an in-development game within a 14 day period. If that wasn’t relieving enough, they are also introducing a rollback feature, allowing you to remove recent updates to any games you purchased and return to a previous version. So if, like many others, your game developers release a patch that completely breaks the game, you can now roll right on back to when it worked.
GOG’s in-development store has launched with five very reputable Early Access games that serve as role models for others looking to follow them. These are Starbound, Ashes of the Singularity, Project Zomboid, TerraTech and Curious Expedition.
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