Who says a video game needs to be a finished product to be worth playing, or even become one of your favourites? Early access used to be a term reserved for titles whose developers were still working out the kinks, and while that’s still somewhat true, games that haven’t graduated to full release can still become phenomena — like Fortnite, which (in)famously left early access three years after it launched, well after it had embedded itself in the public consciousness.
PC gamers, in particular, know there are plenty of gems to choose from that haven’t yet made it to their “official” launch, spanning a wide range of styles and genres. Let’s take a look at some of the best early access PC games you can grab right now.
In development for five years now, Satisfactory is an open-world factory building game at its core, but also a lot more than that. Set on an enormous alien world, you can tinker with your factory or set out to explore and see what other resources await — and most likely both. Though the single-player experience is great, Satisfactory also supports co-op play (even cross-platform), and you can let your imagination run wild either way. Coffee Stain Studios has a hit in this stylish builder even before the full version is complete, most likely in 2022.
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