Paradox Interactive's upcoming War of the Vikings has already enjoyed a "well-received" Alpha, and now many more can board the longboat to pillage bugs. It has been made available by Steam Early Access.
The studio wanted to run another Alpha, an eventual Beta and offer pre-orders... "it was a no-brainer" to go with Early Access on Steam. A sampler is on offer from October 1st to the 4th.
If you own War of the Roses: Kingmaker Edition or were in the War of the Vikings Alpha already then you can enjoy the Steam version for nothing between now and the 4th.
There's a 10% discount to purchaseif you own War of the Roses: Kingmaker Edition and/or Mount&Blade: Warband. The standard version of the game is £14.99, with the Blood Eagle Edition and Valhalla Edition priced at £22.99 and £99.99 respectively.
"After the first well-received War of the Vikings Alpha we began planning for the next phase and explored all options available to us,” said Gordon Van Dyke, Executive Producer of the War franchise.
“We already knew we wanted to do another public Alpha and Beta, and we’d planned to offer pre-orders. After consideration, it was a no-brainer to go with Steam Early Access and kill two birds with one axe, and give our community ample opportunity to help shape the final product.”
War of the Vikings releases on PC in Q1 2014.