An unusual phenomenon in the gaming world occurred on Aug. 14. An early-access game was released on Steam, and in less than 24 hours it was securely in Steam’s top sellers list.
Betrayer, first of all, is not a finished product. Gamers might have thought this to be a deadly sin five years ago, but Steam has helped change the social stigma of an unfinished product: by asking gamers to purchase unfinished games. “Early access” is a category that Steam released not too long ago. Early access games are games that have not yet reached the end of their development cycle. Players can give feedback on developing games if they purchase the games in their alpha or beta states. In the case of Betrayer, Blackpowder Games promises new enemies, characters and more if players purchase the game now. This encourages players to purchase it on Steam to be a part of the ever-changing world of Betrayer.
The other past sin Betrayer commits is its independent development status. Years ago, the market was overtaken by big-name developers. Now, indie games are back on the market in force. Steam encourages indie developers to publish games for purchase. Steam’s Greenlight feature additionally allows developers to pitch their game to the community. Betrayer’s indie status does not hinder its progress, it augments it. Indie games are allowed their own category on Steam, and Betrayer rests in the ninth place for top-selling indie titles. Gamers think less today about who the game is made by and more about its quality.
Steam has a knack for changing status quos in the gaming world. Games like Betrayer are a great example of how far gamers have come over time. Steam encourages indie development and consumer feedback in ways that most gaming companies would not. Whether or not you support these ideas, you should have a look at the indie and early access sections on Steam to see what games are out there. While you are there, be sure to check out Betrayer, which you can find by clicking here.