You can get early access to the Planetary Annihilation alpha for $90

Planetary Annihilation

By on June 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

If you didn’t pledge enough during the initial Kickstarter for Planetary Annihilation, you can now buy into the alpha on Steam for a staggering $90.

Explaining this pricing a Steam Community update, Marc Scattergood of Uber writes that “This is the pricing determined over a year ago. Our Kickstarter set these levels, and while we understand people may not like it, it’s the decision we had to make.”

As the game rolls on, you’ll be able to buy into the beta test for $60, so don’t think this is the final price — but if you can’t afford the $90, it’s definitely worth waiting around.

Source: Steam

12 comments (Leave your own)

Yeah, beta is $60, and I think final retail is $40, so unless you’re super desperate to test it, just wait.

Really I think they shouldn’t have put it up for sale on steam, should just issue steam keys to existing backers, allow people to back on their website for a steam key.

It’s getting a bit of negativity from people who are only reading the $90 for Alpha thing, the metacritic page for it is stupider than most.,

 

This access is permanent access – you will be able to play through alpha, beta and on through retail. (Galactic Edition Equivalent with all addons)

Something to take note of.

 

makena:

Really I think they shouldn’t have put it up for sale on steam, should just issue steam keys to existing backers, allow people to back on their website for a steam key.

They actually are offering Steam keys to their site backers, but I assume you mean do that exclusively.

It’s getting a bit of negativity from people who are only reading the $90 for Alpha thing, the metacritic page for it is stupider than most.,

I’ve found one of the positive outlooks on this issue to be that the people complaining about the prices on sites like metacritic are not poisoning the game with their idiocy by being part of the alpha/beta.

 

nacimota: They actually are offering Steam keys to their site backers, but I assume you mean do that exclusively.

I’ve found one of the positive outlooks on this issue to be that the people complaining about the prices on sites like metacritic are not poisoning the game with their idiocy by being part of the alpha/beta.

Yeah that’s what I mean, so you can’t buy it through steam, as that puts it front and centre for a lot of idiots.

And lol, true

 

I get why they’re charging the $90 but tbh at that price why even bother putting it on Steam for everyone to see. I don’t think anyone will pay knowing the game will be half that at retail. More importantly $90 in the US as well… yeah… that’s going to hurt their reputation a fair bit with a few moron americans who don’t get that. But frankly it shouldn’t even be shown on Early Access. This should’ve been a private Alpha only.

 

So for those of us who don’t get into Kickstarting things, why is this expected? Certainly for me, someone who was interested in seeing what it’s like, the price point is ridiculous and will definitely stop me trying out the game, doubly so because it’ll get cheaper.

 

Exactly Vencha88. They are after people who are invested enough to give good feedback and critical responses, not go all fanboy or jump into an alpha expecting a finished product.

Their reasoning is sound, the furore will die down by release. Hell the release price is very good. I’m in at beta anyway due to kickstarter. Doesn’t bother me, I’m letting those with the time deal with the Alpha bugs, I’ll be more than happy with the beta stress testing and minor bug catching.

 

I prefer the minecraft method of “hey you’re paying for something unfinished for helping us test it and giving us money so we can not starve to death, so here have a discount”

 

I don’t like the way it’s being handled, Are they that short on alpha players that they need to start charging $90 a pop. The money they got from kick starter was suppose to cover the cost of the whole game. So they could just put in pre orders and not give alpha access at all. Kickstarter was there for people who wanted to get into it early.

 

Gotta agree with Spooler there, their approach seems a bit backward.

It’s quite obvious that many people would be upset about that approach, so no idea why they’re doing it that way. Especially with such a steep price difference.

Not a smart move.

 

The main selling point for the $90 Kickstarter tier was an Alpha key.

If they offer an Alpha buy-in to Joe Public for less than that they’ll have annoyed a few thousand Kickstarter backers, so I think they’ve absolutely done the right thing here.

 

whup:
The main selling point for the $90 Kickstarter tier was an Alpha key.

If they offer an Alpha buy-in to Joe Public for less than that they’ll have annoyed a few thousand Kickstarter backers, so I think they’ve absolutely done the right thing here.

This.

Why do people even care?

Some people will be into this enough to get on board, most won’t. It’s an alpha, they will still release the full game at a reasonable price in due course.

 
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