After Reset Stokes the Fires of Controversy with Steam Early Access $50 Demo

It seems a number of gamers are quite upset over the Steam Early Access release of Richard Nixon’s post apocalyptic role playing game After Reset which is available now for $50 or £29.99 depending on where you’re from. The game has been in development by US based Black Cloud Studios for some time and last year completed a successful Kickstarter Campaign. The game holds much promise and as the Early Access release highlights there’s a lot of potential and much lore placed within the game. However, it appears some Steam users are expecting a lot more than what has been released thus far despite knowing the potential pitfalls of backing Early Access projects which may or may not come to fruition. The problem stems from the initial release and its current pricing which if you look at the video below amounts to neat but very bare bones introduction to the game which can be completed in under 30 minutes.

Richard Nixon has jumped to his studio’s defence as a devoted gamer working tirelessly on the project (with a very small team) with the full intention of finishing the game within the next two to three years stating the Early Access is a means of supporting the development of the game.

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“BY PURCHASING EARLY ACCESS YOU ARE REALLY SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR GAME AND ITS QUALITY. THIS GAME WOULD NEVER BECOME A REALITY WITHOUT SUCH GAMERS/BACKERS LIKE YOU.”

However, this hasn’t resonated well with some users and perhaps the problem lies in the fact that Black Cloud Studios need more funding, and the only way to gain that was to release via Steam Early Access (for more exposure) with not so much to show right now hinged on some promises (which we have every faith will be fulfilled eventually). It’s perhaps a bit of a catch 22 scenario here, but still a bitter pill to swallow for those who have invested the full price expecting much more considering how full some of the Early Access games can be.

Either way, as already stated, we think After Reset is looking good so far and has a lot of potential, but can’t disagree with concerns over the current pricing or the fact that perhaps the Early Access release has been too soon.

You can find more details about After Reset by visiting the official website and we’ll continue our coverage of the game as it develops with the release of forthcoming chapters.

Written by: Robert Cram

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