Salutations to the Dev who may read this,
Honestly, I am also concerned about the price for an early access builder. I have made an account on the forum simply to air this concern and to reach out with a thought or two of my own.
I’ve joined early accesses in the past for several other games over my long years of playing video games. However, for every early access game I have fully supported, there are a good number that were either abandoned, or are still in early development with little to no updates even years down the line. This leads me to be nervous about any early access title, even when it comes to a genre I’m very passionate about. The fact that there is no demo isn’t at all comforting.
It’s hard to take any dev at face value these days. I realize the days of demos are dead and gone, but that gives you a hint to how old I am, and what era I come from when it comes to the gaming market. I’m no child, and I’ve done this song and dance many times before. With that said, might I make a suggestion?
Is there some way that in the coming weeks/months you could allow a short free trail period of the title just to try it out. Say 24 hours on the Epic games store, or something to that effect? It doesn’t need to be a long time. Merely enough to allow those of us on the fence a small taste. When I’ve asked other developers in the past about that sort of thing, they always tell me to watch videos online. I can tell you for a fact that those aren’t the sorts of companies I ever do business with. A game should be experienced, after all, not just viewed.
While $30 is a fair price for a completed and fully operational city builder/management sim, I feel that may not be true for an early access title that (as far as I know based on personal experiance) may never see completion. Without a chance to play it for myself, I’d never be able to justify the cost blindly. That being said, I really would suggest perhaps advertising a free 24 hours of game-play trial or something in early access to allow those of us on the fence a small tidbit of what the game has to offer.
I can only speak for myself, but I am far more willing to make purchases from a developer who thinks of the consumers first and foremost when launching their product to perspective buyers whenever it is possible to be accommodating in that particular way.