Early access isn't quite the same as this though. If anything early access is a better version of preordering because of these reasons.
1. Its almost always cheaper (in my experience), so you have to deal with the game being unfinished for a while,but you got it for often half its finished price.
2. You could theoretically buy it early access, and then wait until they finish it.
3. People often want early access options for games that are indie or otherwise coming from devs with less cash, so they can help out a company or game they want to support.
4. Usually once an early access game is fully released you're given something as a gift for buying it early access, and you got it cheaper in the first place.
5. One of the most interesting things also is that if you're really one of the first guys in the early access group the devs might be swayed by information you give. You could have a small impact on the game.
A lot of these points are subject to circumstance. Feel free to argue.
@CHICKNUGMASTER, the only problem I experience with EA alllllllll the time is that the game is either never finished, or finished ten years after it should have been.
@CHICKNUGMASTER, You are describing the most wildly successful Early Access games- not the majority... Early access is more like investing in a kickstarter project- with no guarantee of what you will get. The biggest thing in common with preorders is that the company gets your money long before you get the final product- which robs consumers of an informed decision and lessens the impact of purchasing power when it comes to the actual release...
@CHICKNUGMASTER, Depends on the developer. I saw a game recently in Early Access that said they were putting it there to get money to hire extra developers to finish the game faster. The game appears to be fairly well along, so maybe they will.
However, there are also a lot of “developers” who put fake games into Early Access just to run with the money. Just like Kickstarter. I heard of many Kickstarter campaigns that were well developed campaigns with a seemingly solid product that became vaporware. Or any area, really, like contractors paid up front for construction/repairs that never finish, etc.
When not paying for a full product with immediate receipt, be careful, it may be a scam.
... ouch. Way to accurate which is sad that this should even be accurate in the first place. They really do string us along in that market....
That's not exactly what DLC started as, the good ol days of Expansion Packs were the start, and then eventually companies like EA realized that they could use them to complete a game, rather than to expand upon one. And then ya got Bethesda adding player homes and horse armor in Oblivion.
Sega Channel was the first pay early access. You can't change my mind.
And yes I had it and it was awesome, until my parents canceled it because it cost like a million dollars a month
It’s is going on in Destiny 2 and it pisses me off
They forgot the pay-to-look-cool model. Lookin at you Fortnite.
@rootVeggie, better than a pay to win model