Concept level from photograph of sewer - view tweet
I am going to be posting more smaller morsels of news and screenshots on Twitter, so if you'd like to get smaller development updates follow me @AlanEdwardes and @EstrangedGame.
These will propagate into the update news posts on Steam, but if you want to get more detail from behind the scenes and development updates as they happen then Twitter is the place.
The next year is going to be a big year for Estranged: Act II, with the first content update of 2018 arriving very soon. There will be more action, story and awesome environments to experience in the next few months – the fisherman's voyage is not yet complete!
Upcoming changes to forest level
I touch on it every news post, but I want to thank every person reading this for being involved in the project – whether you're waiting for the series to be complete, or you're playing the content updates as they are released – thank you all.
Early Access vastly simplifies the incremental update process, as it is a lot easier for us to release often. We no longer need to prepare and advertise large releases ahead of time, the process of pushing a new build to Steam takes a matter of minutes.
Once Early Access has finished, we plan to charge a nominal amount for the game – but this will be when we are satisfied it is complete. Estranged is (and has always been) a spare time project for everyone involved, alongside full-time work and education. We would love to get paid for what we do, but only if we make a fun game.
Anyone that downloads the game during the free Early Access period will keep the game in their library when it releases fully, paid-for or otherwise. If you are a part of the development process, you deserve to keep the game forever.
We will be using the Act II Steam forums as our primary means of communication, with transparent release notes and a public bug tracker to streamline the development process.
We will be putting the Early Access build live over the next few weeks. Thank you for being part of the Estranged project, we hope you’ll continue this journey with us!
We're excited to announce that the first alpha of Estranged Act II is now available for Windows and Mac!
This release includes the first section of the game and allows you to play what we have been working on so far. Most importantly it gives the team a chance to get important feedback for future development.