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Rising Thunder

You don't need a code to test out Rising Thunder


Open alpha
Aug 10
// Jordan Devore
Nic's silly tier list introduced me to Rising Thunder as something I might enjoy, but I'm only now following through. You should, too! The fighting game is holding an alpha test and there's no waiting around for access -- jus...
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Doom

Bethesda talks Doom beta and multiplayer alpha


Register while you still can
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
I forgot that Wolfenstein: The New Order included (eventual) access to the Doom beta. At QuakeCon 2015, Bethesda said it plans to pick PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One players from that pool to try out the multiplayer alpha "i...
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Battlefront alpha

Star Wars Battlefront alpha invites are going out


Check your inbox
Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
DICE has been emailing invites to the Star Wars Battlefront alpha on Origin. Well, more accurately, these are invites to apply for the alpha (which can be done here). No guarantees you'll get in, as "space in the Closed Alpha...
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Kingdom Come tease

Kingdom Come teases hot knight on knight fights


A 'realistic' Western RPG
Jun 05
// Steven Hansen
It's been a year and half since the crowdfunding campaign for Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which, unearned subtitled aside, promised to fix many of the things I dislike about Western/fantasy RPGs. And then I completely forgot ...

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance's new update video has horses


Murderous hellbeasts, now with armour
Jun 02
// Joe Parlock
Warhorse Studios has released the latest update video to its crowdfunded medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The bulk of the video is spent with Kuba Holik, the lead 3D artist working the game, to show the work he has b...
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Rainbow Six

Homewreckers wanted for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege PC alpha


Sign-ups are open in North America and Europe
Mar 12
// Jordan Devore
I'm a total newcomer to the Rainbow Six series but I quite liked Siege's wall-blasting ways at E3 last year. Not so much for the tactical possibilities that destructible environments enable as the simple human desire to punc...
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Unreal Tournament

Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands


You can play a free pre-alpha build now
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
The new Unreal Tournament is going to look gorgeous once Epic and the community are finished working on it. Last I saw of the project, it had only just become "a game," and now here it is making real good use of Unreal Engin...
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Supernova

Bandai Namco is behind new space robot MOBA Supernova


With a twist of RTS
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
You can play Supernova today. The MOBA from developer Primal Game Studios is publisher Bandai Namco's next push into the realm of free-to-play (you'll remember the Gundam Vs-like 2-on-2 arena fighter Rise of Incarnates). Nam...
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Vaporum teaser

Get your grid-based steampunkery on in Vaporum


Even in pre-alpha, FatBot's debut indie RPG is looking incredibly polished
Feb 24
// Rob Morrow
If you think that “steampunk dungeon crawler” sounds like Occam’s panty/brief-dropping sludge rock jug band, you would of course be correct. It also happens to be the genre type of FatBot Studio’s pro...
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Medieval Engineers

Build castles and blow them up with a trebuchet in Medieval Engineers


Coming soon to Steam Early Access
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Keen Software has built a million-person-strong audience for Space Engineers, but I've stayed away from the work-in-progress construction sandbox game so far. Steam Early Access often has that effect on me. The studio's next...
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Fortnite

Epic is sending out Fortnite alpha invites now


Today marked the first wave
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
What I played of Fortnite in September, a good two hours, was super fun. I didn't want to stop. Epic Games has offered sign-ups for an alpha build for quite some time and here we are, at last: the first wave of invites went o...
Evolve alpha photo
Evolve alpha

Hunt's off: Evolve alpha postponed on PS4


That's unfortunate
Oct 31
// Brett Makedonski
Bad news for monster hunters on PlayStation 4. The Evolve Big Alpha event has been postponed. The good news is that now your weekend is suddenly free again. Turtle Rock Studios posted an update on the Evolve site to...
Bloodborne alpha photo
Bloodborne alpha

Bloodborne alpha invites for North America are going out later today


Participants have been pre-selected
Sep 30
// Brett Makedonski
It turns out that Sony has a Bloodborne alpha planned for North America after all. This morning, invites went out for Sony Computer Entertainment European territories, and invites confirming North American participants will g...
Bloodborne alpha photo
Bloodborne alpha

There's going to be a Bloodborne alpha


European invites only, at the moment
Sep 16
// Jordan Devore
Seeing the words "Bloodborne" and "alpha" together instantly cured my morning grogginess, but the feeling was fleeting: the "small-scale test" is only meant for European gamers, currently. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe h...
Gigantic alpha sign-up photo
Gigantic alpha sign-up

Gigantic's alpha sign-up is live, you should probably get on that


Motiga's eye-wateringly beautiful team action game invites you to come and play
Sep 12
// Rob Morrow
If you're anxious to get an early start on Motiga's stunning new online team action game Gigantic, then I've got good news for you. The alpha testing phase has begun and the company is actively recruiting play...
Evolve alpha photo
Evolve alpha

There is another closed alpha for Evolve on the way


But you can get in it
Aug 30
// Darren Nakamura
Did you miss out on the closed alpha for Evolve last time it was around? Did you get to play it, but you want to play it more? If so, 2K and Turtle Rock are opening it up for another round of testing, dubbing it the "Big Alph...
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Long Dark

The Long Dark will be on Early Access September 22


Extra key for an extra $5
Aug 25
// Steven Hansen
I'm finally playing a game in Early Access (Invisible Inc., which is incredible; expect a longer impressions piece soon) and come September 22 I might be playing another as The Long Dark hits Steam. I've been waiting on...
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PC

Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download


A bouncy low-poly FPS platformer by Tyrus Peace
Aug 24
// Rob Morrow
Originally created for the 7DFPS Challenge in 2012, Cloudbase Prime is an attractive-looking low-poly FPS platformer by Tyrus Peace and is currently available for free in its 0.2 alpha state. You can download it here. Set ...
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Tennis

Facepunch's new game wants you to 'imagine tennis crossed with Street Fighter'


There aren't enough arcade sports titles these days
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
Rust creator Facepunch Studios said it had multiple game prototypes in the works and here's another one: Deuce, an arcade-style tennis game. Or, Street Fighter x tennis. There's some early footage and artwork to give you a gl...
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Push Me Pull You

Push Me Pull You is 2-vs-2 gross sausage monster ball wrestling


'It's a bit like a big hug, or playing soccer with your small intestines'
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Hamza was won over by Push Me Pull You at GDC and I wish I had gotten a chance to try it, too. At least now there's some disturbing video of it in action.  "Connected at the waist, you and your partner must use a s...
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Steam Early Access

Survive The Long Dark's sandbox this September on Steam Early Access


Story mode coming later
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
Hinterland's Kickstarted first-person survival sim The Long Dark will launch on Steam Early Access in September, the studio announced today. As ever, "This will help us do a better job tuning the game's Sandbox mechanics, f...
Evolve alpha photo
Evolve alpha

Want in on the Evolve closed alpha? Here's your chance!


Act quickly!
Jul 03
// Brett Makedonski
Evolve is shaping up to be a pretty decent game. It won a bunch of awards at E3 including the Game Critics Awards' Best of Show. I played it in May and had a fantastic time with it. If you'd rather get your hands on it t...
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Rust

Facepunch is rebooting Rust and that's for the best


Players won't have to pay again
Jun 27
// Jordan Devore
The last time I played Rust was back in late January -- I've been waiting for it to substantially change. As it turns out, Facepunch Studios is in the process of rebuilding the game and "pretty much everything" is being chang...
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Mega64

Mega64's latest spoof takes on Early Access games in a hilarious way


I just can't stop laughing, honestly
Jun 18
// Brittany Vincent
At this point, I'm pretty much a fan of whatever content Mega64 decides to create. After the Game Gurlz series, I was down for life. And now with the release of this "Beta Man" video, I'm doubled over with laughter ready to ...
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Steam Early Access

Valve updates Steam Early Access FAQ with warning that some games won't be released


I feel like this should be common knowledge
Jun 06
// Brittany Vincent
When you purchase a game from Steam Early Access, there's always a risk you take that the game you put down that hard-earned money on may not actually release in full. Sure, that doesn't always happen, but often enough that V...
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Grimrock

Legend of Grimrock 2 is skipping Steam Early Access


Almost Human expects to release the game this year
Jun 05
// Jordan Devore
A game like Legend of Grimrock 2 could absolutely run a successful early-access campaign. Its predecessor was a solid first-person dungeon-crawler and developer Almost Human has rightfully earned goodwill. I'm sure plenty of ...
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Star Citizen

Star Citizen launches Arena Commander for backers


Y'all ready for this?
Jun 04
// Jordan Devore
The bugs which led to the delay of Star Citizens' anticipated Arena Commander have been taken care of and the dogfighting module is now playable in an alpha capacity. If you're a backer, download it here, or simply update th...
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The Forest

The Forest is available now via Steam Early Access


Over the years and through the woods, to the plane crash debris site we go!
May 31
// Brittany Vincent
Looking for something a little more intense to pep up your Steam experience? Give The Forest a try, fantastically creepy endeavor that's just hit Steam Early Access as of yesterday. While it's still obviously in its alpha st...
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Star Citizen

Star Citizen Arena Commander dogfighting update delayed


There's still plenty of bugs to be ironed out
May 29
// Alasdair Duncan
As gamers seem to be more and more willing to play games in an unfinished state, it feels surprising to me when a developer decides to delay an update because of bugs. Of course unfinished games are buggy -- we expect that --...
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GOG.com

If GOG.com gets into selling early-access games, it won't follow Steam's model


Not exactly
May 19
// Jordan Devore
The gap between Steam and GOG.com has further widened now that Valve has embraced the sale of work-in-progress games under its Early Access program while the latter digital distributor has continued to focus on curating finis...

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