Early Access tag
Tag created in July 2018
Early Access's popularity amongst developers
This graph shows games released over the years with the Early Access tag 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 tag follows. It shows if, in proportion, the Early Access tag 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, tag is undercrowded) or if it's the opposite.
The Early Access tag has peaked in 2022, with 1490 games released. The tag's popularity is in a range between 0.09% in 2013 and 1.4% in 2019.
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.
Early Access's popularity amongst players
On this chart, you can see the reviews for games associated with the Early Access tag, 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 tag 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 tag games.
A standard game associated with this tag received on average between 59 (2011) and 1409 (2014) 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 tag.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the Early Access tag received between 47% (2011) and 217% (2014) reviews compared to other tags.
Price of games tagged with Early Access
This graph displays the evolution of the Early Access tag's games price in USD over the years, and the percentage of free to play games in this tag. Don't forget that a price should slowly increase year-on-year just to keep up with inflation.
The median game price peaked in 2014 at 9.99$, and bottomed in 2016 at 7.99$. The free to play ratio peaked in 2019 at 16%, and bottomed in 2023 at 1%.
Positive reviews ratio for Early Access, per language
This chart shows an aggregated Steam rating for all the Early Access tag games, classed by language. It helps estimate how different audiences judge a game with this tag. A lower rating doesn't always mean that the audience doesn't enjoy that particular tag, 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 91% for the Romanian audience, and the worst is 71% for the Simplified Chinese audience.
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