The Case for Steam Early Access

Steam Early Access gets a lot of bad rap at times. Gamers are certainly justified to criticize incomplete or abandoned titles and developers who don’t deliver what they promised. Still, our experience with Steam Early Access as developers has been nothing but positive and I am certain that it helped us make a better game. Victor Vran was in Early Access from February 2015 till July 2015. Five months may not sound like a lot of time for a project...
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Starting From Scratch: Haemimont Games’ Tropico 5 Postmortem

This article was originally published on Gamasutra on March 17, 2015 Tropico 5 is a city-builder/political simulation game in which the player assumes the role of the authoritarian leader of a small island country. We’ve already created two other Tropico titles, but this one was our most ambitious addition to the franchise, both in terms of budget and development time. By the decree of the glorious leader of Tropico, El Presidente himself, this installment was supposed to be the perfect,...
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