Here is a message from Midgar Studio explaining why the game will launch in Early Access:
Since its Kickstarter, Edge of Eternity underwent through a lot of changes. As the scope of the project widened, also did our needs. As a result, we have hired a few more talented hands to help us deliver the project we envisioned. Edge of Eternity became even grander.
One notorious example of this is the voice acting: it wasn’t our intention to dub the game at first, but as the storyline unfolded, we began eyeing each others like “wouldn’t this scene be far more epic if it was voiced?” – “Yes, it would.” So we began expanding on that field, for outstanding results we can’t wait to share with you.
As we conduct the remaining of our development within the boundaries we’ve set, we are still tempted to expand some additional features that would greatly overhaul the whole experience. Opening the game now to Early Access would help us unlock enough budget to add an additional layer of polish into the game, and insure it will be the best game we can possibly deliver.
Also having players giving us actual feedback about the game would help us immensely in nudging the game in the right direction. There is a certain amount of fine-tuning that heavily depends on individual feedback, and we feel that inviting the players into it is a desirable direction. The other reason why we are looking forward to collaborate with our community is the modding. We intend to make Edge of Eternity fully customizable and allow the players to plunge their hands right into it and experiment their own things. For that matter we intend to release a Modkit for Edge of Eternity in the next months for players to tinker with it.
This Modkit will need – just like the rest of the game – feedback from you. We have several guys on our team who were modders themselves and who deeply value modding as a practice and feel it has a real added value to a game.
In short, we need as much feedback as we can gather, and we think actual players are the best persons to know what they like or not.
For all of those reasons, we felt that Early Access is a sound choice, especially considering our actual state of the development.
Here is an overview of the game’s features:
- An Enthralling JRPG Adventure – A unique, riveting story with numerous plot twists and heart-wrenching moments, supported by an epic soundtrack featuring industry legend Yasunori Mitsuda.
- A Gorgeous World – Discover an alien world and its unique environments, unearth the most ancient secrets of the world of Heryon. Solve quests in multiple ways,make your own choices and face their consequences
- A Deep & Strategic Combat System – Outwit your enemies in epic tactical combats, use the environment to lure your enemies into devious traps, outsmart and outflank them to inflict massive damage! Craft your gear and inset it with powerful crystal to unlock unique combinations of skills and power-ups.
- A Cast of Charismatic Characters – Meet a cast of larger-than-life companions, each with their own set of attributes, watch them grow and evolve throughout the story, as you live through it yourself. Discover their dreams, their flaws, their hopes and their torments as you share many special moments with them.
Watch a new trailer below.