Why Early Access?
“SCUM is a next generation, story driven survival game featuring extremely complex game mechanics and unrevealed survival features. Gamepires is an experienced team oriented towards innovation and perfection in game production and have decided to develop SCUM side by side in collaboration with its community with the goal of making the best possible survival game yet.”
Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?
“SCUM will be in development for at least one full year during Early Access and to complete all planned features and content. However, additional community requests and ideas might shift the final release date.”
How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?
“Gamepires has planned a wealth of features and content additions to be added for SCUM during development. Some of these features will be fully finished upon release into Early Access while others will be polished in the following year of development. During this period we will include many community suggestions and ideas, fix bugs. Furthermore we will improve game performance and upgrade gameplay experience on all levels to make SCUM ready for the full release.
For the final version of the game we plan to finalize all gameplay segments, then connect it with high level gameplay, include skill based crafting system from no skill up to advanced skill level, add fully developed combat system (melee combat and armed combat – all skill based), detailed character customization, mission objectives, character leveling system, vehicle support and many other features.”
What is the current state of the Early Access version?
“The Early Access version of SCUM will be playable and relatively stable with most features included on a basic/medium level of functionality. This means that players will be able to perform limited amount of actions or these actions will not be fully polished until game gets to final development phase. The players will be able to explore the island, build up their characters, engage other players, NPCs or wildlife and make simple alliances with their buddies. Early Access will not include high level gameplay – story driven mission objectives. The progress of the game development can be followed on our official SCUM dev blog – scumgame.com.”
Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?
“The price of SCUM will increase slightly as the game gets closer to release date with the initial lower price serving as a ‘thank you’ to the community that supports us in the early development phase.”
How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?
“Gamepires encourages the community to post their comments, ideas, feature requests and bug reports directly on Steam’s discussion pages, official game dev blog or even third party sites (Reddit, Wiki, etc…).
All posts, suggestions and ideas will be closely examined by our community managers and they will give their best to respond to each and every post you make. A good deal of your requests will be implemented in the game and the best to communicate your ideas to us is by making group requests or polls – if more people want something then we can shift priorities and make it happen faster. However please be patient, game development is fun, but things don’t happen overnight and remember that good things come to those who wait. :)”