Subverse Early Access Launch Canceled As Release Plans Change

Published: September 2, 2019 10:31 AM /


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The Subverse Early Access release has been canceled in light of advice given to the developers from new team members and mentors within the industry. While this will not affect this upcoming game's closed beta test, it will ultimately mean that potential players who did not back the Kickstarter are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a copy of this upcoming adult-oriented RPG/SHMUP hybrid.

If you're a pure soul who doesn't look into lewd games, you've probably missed the boat on Subverse. This upcoming game from Studio FOW — yes, that Studio FOW [NSFW] — ran an extraordinarily successful Kickstarter campaign, ultimately raising more than $2 million.

Players take command of a ship which flies around the galaxy blowing up bad guys in SHMUP-style combat. There are tons of games out there like that, but this is made by the legendary Rule 34 animators Studio FOW — and that's where the hook comes in. The ship happens to be crewed by some of the sexiest warriors and scientists this side of the Milky Way... and you can fill in the blanks from there.

Why Was the Subverse Early Access Launch Canceled?

Originally, the Subverse devs had planned to launch the game on Steam Early Access. It's a game that a lot of people seem to be waiting for — it currently occupies the #13 spot of the most wishlisted games on Steam. While Cyberpunk 2077 is firmly in the lead, Subverse is beating out other AAA behemoths like Gears 5 as well as smaller titles like Dwarf Fortress and the newly-announced Kerbal Space Program 2.

The developers detail their reasoning behind the Subverse Early Access launch being canceled in the most recent Kickstarter update. After talking things over with their two new developers and some "world-renowned game producers" who have been serving as mentors, they've decided that Early Access would not be a good fit for this game.

Studio FOW outlined four reasons why. Firstly, single-player, story-driven RPGs are rarely Early Access titles. Secondly, the pool of 4,500 beta testers will give them more than enough real-world feedback to make the game ready for prime time. Third, they feel that this is a story-driven experience that is meant to be played as one complete adventure rather than piecemeal. Lastly, they don't feel that the Early Access version they had planned could meet a level of quality they would be happy with.

There is, however, an upside. While the cancellation of the Subverse Early Access will mean that players will have to wait a bit longer to play this game, Studio FOW also believes that it will take them less time overall to produce the finished product since they don't have to maintain the live, unfinished version of the game.

The closed beta for Subverse kicks off on September 28, 2019. No official release date has been announced just yet, but you can add it to your wishlist on Steam.

What do you think of the Subverse Early Access launch being canceled? Do you think Studio FOW is making the right move? Let us know in the comments below!

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