Early Access Genre
Early Access games released over time
This graph shows games released over the years in the Early Access genre and the percentage they represent. The number of releases gives an appreciation of the quantity of games published each year. It often tends to increase naturally, just like the total amount of Steam games released.
The percentage, on the other hand, gives a better view of the trend a genre follows. It shows if, in proportion, the Early Access genre is getting more or less popular. The Review chart will tell us if this trend is a good thing (i.e. players interest is increasing, genre is undercrowded) or if it's the opposite.
The Early Access genre has peaked in 2022, with 1638 games released. The genre's popularity is in a range between 0.46% in 2013 and 5.2% in 2023.
Bear in mind that 2023 is not over yet. The number of releases will continue to increase, but the percentage is already a good estimate of things to come.
Evolution of Early Access game reviews
On this chart, you can see the reviews for games associated with the Early Access genre, both as count and as a percentage of all Steam reviews, and the value for an average game. Note that if the normalized and average lines are too small, you can deactivate the review count and % of the average lines by clicking on the legend.
While the review count clearly quantifies the reviews a genre receives, keep in mind that it also follows the popularity of Steam itself. The value normalized as a percentage of all Steam reviews is often more revealing, as it gives you the popularity trend for Early Access genre games.
A standard game associated with this genre received on average between 509 (2013) and 120 (2017) reviews. Bear in mind that it is the average, and it can be strongly influenced by extreme values, like the release of a very popular game with this genre.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the Early Access genre received between 36% (2017) and 154% (2013) reviews compared to other genres.
Price of games in Early Access genre
This graph displays the evolution of the Early Access genre's games price in USD over the years, and the percentage of free to play games in this genre. Don't forget that a price should slowly increase year-on-year just to keep up with inflation.
The median game price peaked in 2015 at 9.99$, and bottomed in 2016 at 6.99$. The free to play ratio was at its lowest in 2015 at 8%, and peaked in 2020 at 16%.
Positive reviews for the Early Access genre, per language
This chart shows an aggregated Steam rating for all the Early Access genre games, classed by language. It helps estimate how different audiences judge a game with this genre. A lower rating doesn't always mean that the audience doesn't enjoy that particular genre, as some cultures tend to always give lower scores. But it will affect a game's rating nonetheless.
The best rating for Early Access games is 93% for the Swedish audience, and the worst is 70% for the Simplified Chinese audience.
From one of the developers behind the original Rainbow Six® and Ghost Recon® games, comes a thinking-man's first-person shooter featuring in-depth character and weapon customization. Take your time. Think ahead. Get the job done.
|29.99||91.6%||Aug 14, 2018|
Project Zomboid is the ultimate in zombie survival. Alone or in MP: you loot, build, craft, fight, farm and fish in a struggle to survive. A hardcore RPG skillset, a vast map, massively customisable sandbox and a cute tutorial raccoon await the unwary. So how will you die? All it takes is a bite..
|19.99||94.1%||Nov 8, 2013|
|Waves 2: Notorious|
Waves 2: Notorious is an arcade twin-stick shooter set in Cyberspace. Build Combos, earn Adrenaline and unleash powerful Burst attacks as you Dive into the Net and do battle against an AI that adapts to your weaknesses!
|Free||88.1%||Dec 16, 2015|
The ultimate block building game.
|9.99||42.7%||Jul 3, 2014|
|Hacker Evolution IMMERSION|
Mankind is about to reach its next step of evolution. Uncover the dark secret behind mankind's fastest technological evolution in recent history. It's not going in the right direction.
|19.99||54.1%||Jul 29, 2016|
Create & destroy on an unimaginable scale with a realistic physics-based space simulator. Explore the beauty of our universe and the fragility of our planet. Use science to bend the laws of gravity, collide planets, boil away oceans, fire epic space lasers, and customize your universe. VR optional.
|29.99||96.1%||Aug 24, 2015|
If you’ve not had the chance to play our delightful, Zen-like re-genesis of the god game on Windows PC or Mac OS X, there’s never been a better time to do so! Now more than ever, as we’re currently making full use of our opt-in branch by running a rapid build release schedule during our PC-focused sprint.
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|9.99||53.9%||Jul 2, 2013|
"Family is important, wouldn't you agree?" Faceless is a supernatural mystery set around a cursed city and a creature known as The Soulrender. Players must work together to gather a series of dolls and set the souls within free, whilst also attempting to escape with their lives.
The ultimate space sandbox. Participate in epic fleet battles, form alliances, strive to dominate entire galaxies and harness the universe’s resources for your industrious empire or the destruction of others. Customise your experience, the universe is yours!
|14.99||67.5%||Dec 4, 2014|
Experience the horrors of a haunting that's never the same twice. Paranormal is a 3D fully dynamic haunting experience. The player takes the role of Mattel Clarke, an artist who has a haunted house. Mattel decides to film the hauntings with his camera, which is the viewpoint of the game.
|9.99||59.5%||Sep 12, 2013|
A corrupt and bizarre town is the quirky setting to Jeklynn Heights, a fantastical and competitive online game. Run by a Mayor with a split personality and enigmatic past, a spell haunts the town he rules. Players must complete objectives, directed by the Mayor, to win and escape the town.
|Free||76.2%||May 25, 2016|
Recruits is a brutal fast paced top down shooter that puts the lives of countless amounts of soldiers in your command. Lead your men to victory and see them progress through the ranks, show them defeat and they will be lost forever.
|9.99||19.7%||Jul 31, 2014|
Gravi is an intense puzzle-platformer that will test your tolerance for pain. Shoot and swing your way towards victory as Gravi, an adorable blue ball of energy. While you’re launching through terrorizing traps and bending gravity to your will, Anti-Gravi, an atomic ball of rage, is barreling down on your position.
|4.99||53.3%||Oct 8, 2013|
C-Wars is pixel action game with strategy, rogue-like flavor, and a 16-bit graphics which is retro enough to bring you back to 90's. If you love challenge, pixel art, and occasionally play FPS, then C-Wars is worth to try out.
|19.99||67.9%||Aug 13, 2015|
|7 Days to Die|
7 Days to Die is an open-world game that is a unique combination of first-person shooter, survival horror, tower defense, and role-playing games. Play the definitive zombie survival sandbox RPG that came first. Navezgane awaits!
|24.99||88.5%||Dec 13, 2013|
Fly an airship, manage a guild, and defend your sky world from literal destruction.
|14.99||35.1%||Feb 28, 2020|
|World of Diving|
An uncharted world awaits. World of Diving is the multiplayer online game that brings you an exhilarating underwater adventure with optional VR support.
|19.99||52.1%||Aug 26, 2014|
Explore the vast terrains of Mars, generated from real NASA satellite data, and survive threats like dust storms by discovering randomized supply caches and habitats. Adventure on foot or in driveable rovers with this otherworldly first-person sandbox.
|9.99||60%||May 17, 2017|
|Race To Mars|
Race To Mars is a turn-based, space company simulation game. Become the head of the newly established “New Space” company whose goal would be to establish a colony on Mars. You begin as a startup - develop cutting edge aerospace technologies and use them to achieve orbit and fly beyond Earth vicinity, blazing the trail of a space pioneer...
|Free||6.2%||Mar 7, 2014|
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|11.99||59.4%||Mar 4, 2014|
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|19.99||56.3%||Jan 30, 2015|
|Steam Bandits: Outpost|
Explore the skies of a Steampunk world while discovering islands, taming beasts, and battling anything that stands in your way. Customize your own outpost as your base of operations for crafting and sending your followers out on missions while away. Over 40 hours of gameplay with a deep story!
|Free||50%||Jan 14, 2014|
Explore the mysterious and beautiful planet Gomi on foot or with your spaceship in this action packed platformer and space shooter hybrid. Your mission is simple, retrieve A.N.N.E and escape.
|14.99||56.3%||Jun 25, 2019|
Bot Colony is the only game controlled by speaking or typing. You command robots to move and manipulate objects. The right questions unlock videos of the events they witnessed. No dialogue trees - the game unfolds 100% based on what you say, taking interactivity and immersion to a new level.
|14.99||58.3%||Jun 16, 2014|