Valve has recently launched a new section on Steam which allows gamers to play versions of games that are still being developed, this new section is called Early Access.
You can now pay to gain access to alpha versions of games, with eleven games currently available. They offer the current version of the game, with constant updates and the download to the final product when the final game is completed.
If you get in there soon enough, you could actually save yourself money, as discounts are available to those who make a commitment to it early.
“The goal of Early Access is to provide gamers with the chance to ‘go behind the scenes’ and experience the development cycle firsthand and, more importantly, have a chance to interact with the developers by providing them feedback while the title is still being created,” Valve announced. “To support the interaction between Early Access players and developers, Steam offers easy and automatic updating of games, letting developers iterate quickly to respond directly to bug reports and feedback from customers.”
A few examples of games offering Early Access on Steam, are:
- Arma 3
- Drunken Robot Pornography
- Gear Up
- Kerbal Space Program
- Kinetic Void
- Prison Architect
- Under the Ocean
Check out the Early Access section within the Games tab on Steam.