Why play early access (EA)?

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Exactly the same for me and I've continued by buying the M&B2 EA. I've put about 800 hours into it and have now put it aside pending final release. That's it though, I don't have any others.
I got it when it first came out and it wasn't good enough at the time. Has it changed much?
 
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It's much better but still missing some end game elements. The early game is pretty good though and that's what I like, trying out all the options.
 
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I don't really have any backlogs.

Any games that fails to grab my interest in first few hours, I cross them off my list. Also, I'm very picky with games, I hardly purchase any of them to begin with.

I wish I was like that. Not about crossing off games that don't grab my interest right away, that's easy. I just wish I was more picky. It's hard when you're a fan of multiple genres. There will never be a day when I don't have a significant backlog.

On the flip side, I'll never lack for games I want to play.
 
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I wish I was like that. Not about crossing off games that don't grab my interest right away, that's easy. I just wish I was more picky. It's hard when you're a fan of multiple genres. There will never be a day when I don't have a significant backlog.

On the flip side, I'll never lack for games I want to play.

Sounds like prioritisation is the way to go then ;)
 
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I have been playing Dwarf Fortress for 12 years which has been in "EA" for decades, even if, officially, it's not a real Steam EA (but soon will be, yes!).
I totally get playing this kind of game (DF, Rimworld, M&B etc..) even when they are not finished as they generally offer enough to sink hundreds of hours. at early stages.

I was wondering about those games built around a predetermined story though, like BG3. Now with all those posts I get it, help a cherished developer with money or feedback.
 
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I have been playing Dwarf Fortress for 12 years which has been in "EA" for decades, even if, officially, it's not a real Steam EA (but soon will be, yes!).
I totally get playing this kind of game (DF, Rimworld, M&B etc..) even when they are not finished as they generally offer enough to sink hundreds of hours. at early stages.

I was wondering about those games built around a predetermined story though, like BG3. Now with all those posts I get it, help a cherished developer with money or feedback.

It's possible to spend a lot of time in BG3 already. Even right after its EA release, it had a lot and it didn't seem unfinished. Just fewer classes and a few missing features. I had to launch it outside of Galaxy then, so I don't now how many hours it took, but easily 40-50 without finishing the content or replaying to check all classes, races and C&C.

That's a good point you're bringing up: the story is predetermined but it has branches, so thanks to that and other incentives to replay (classes, alignment, ...), going through a game in EA doesn't necessarily ruin it, it allows to explore one part and discover another one when it's released.

Unless you're sinking a lot of time in gaming and are ready to replay it fully after release, of course, but it's not everyone's case - not the people with a backlog for instance. ;)
 
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I rarely buy games in early access, but with the purchase of Darkest Dungeon, for example, I was not disappointed. But not enough to buy two (maybe if it were available somewhere besides Epic, where I only have an account for free games).
 
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