Does Darkest Dungeon 2 make me feel that early access is worth it?

“Dark Dungeon 2” will land on the Epic Games Store Early Access version on October 26, I can’t wait to play it. However, despite my enthusiasm, I have been hesitant to check it out next week. Why? I’m still not sure if Early Access is right for me.

Broadly speaking, the Early Access program allows players to purchase the game while it is still in development. So, by definition, the game is not complete when you buy it, but on the other hand, you have the opportunity to play exciting games before the technology is released. For developers, early access is also a very good choice, not only to provide funding for their game, but also to measure interest in it. As a general indie game fan, I pay attention to more than one early-access game.

Although this is a cool way to try out the game in advance and support your favorite developers, there are good reasons to be wary of Early Access. There is no guarantee that the unfinished experience you paid for will get the full version. It can be a very disappointing experience to devote yourself to a project and never achieve it, let alone getting a refund based on the platform you are dealing with. There are also many times when the full game is launched, your save will not move-look at your Baldur’s Gate 3-which means that even after all these hours in the early game, you will still be released Day starts from the beginning. Others may find that it feels completely different when waking up in their favorite game, which is the real downside of the experience.

To prove my point, this is what a typical Early Access routine for me looks like: addicted to the game, do anything, advertise for all future features and possibilities, stay away from it-either because of something else To my attention, either I have seen everything I can see so far-and I will never play again. It’s like once I play an early access title, my brain will remove it from the list. complete. fully. There is nothing to see here.

Nevertheless, whenever a game enters the early access stage, I will fight my direct purchase desire before doing some honest self-reflection. Baldur’s Gate 3 is a good example. I overcame my initial impulse and Swen Vinke, creative director of Larian Studios, helped me make this decision. He suggested that “people who want to complete a beautiful game; they should wait.” In the August 2020 development demo of the title, it was aptly called the Hell Panel due to the technical difficulties of the game’s setup and streaming. This made me realize that in this case I really want to wait for the shiny final result.

Sometimes I think that a game has finally broken this cycle, just like Valheim launched Early Access earlier this year. I sank in the game for about 112 hours and built a magnificent auditorium, defeated sea snakes to get soup, fight boss battles, and usually spend time playing with my online Viking crew. But then, I went all the way to the plains biome (Deathsquitos is not kidding), and then turned to other things. When the latest-and long-awaited-Hearth & Home update appeared on Gamescom, I jumped back excitedly, but didn’t have a tenth of the time to explore new content like I had the original game.

So, now we will usher in “Dark Dungeon 2”, which will be the first to experience on the Epic Games Store next week.I want to play it because even if Dan Tack is representing it Game informantThe most anticipated game of 2021, I can’t bear to postpone playing this game. Skipping it now means that if development encounters difficulties, you need to wait months or even years, and miss the opportunity to experience it with the community. I also just need to see for myself what is changing in the sequel and how its new structure works. More inclined to its roguelike function, a single pass of “Dark Dungeon 2” will take about five hours. The idea is that you will re-run the adventure multiple times, and I hope this loop is the key to unlocking early access. Maybe I can fool my brain and make me feel that the full version is just another run of a game I like, instead of checking it after I finish the early content. But will it work? I think I must find the answer next week.