SpyParty is quite the anomaly of a game—not even half-finished, supported by massive hype from the press, and sporting asymmetrical multiplayer gameplay that is, at times, intense and surreal. It’s an experience that’s only been available to members of the press and attendees of various game conventions, but all that is going to change very soon.
Today, principal developer Chris Hecker opened sign-ups for an early-access beta of the game, which will roll out to participants over the next couple of months. In the same vein as Minecraft, the beta is a paid product that will ensure users unlimited playtime, free updates, and the full version, free of charge. The $15 price tag won’t come into effect until the beta is available to play.
On the sign-up web page, Hecker said this will be an opportunity for SpyParty hopefuls to expedite the line-waiting process many of us here have already endured and “have a real and meaningful impact on the game’s development.”
“SpyParty is a long way from the finish line, so there are going to be lots of bugs, and balance issues, and your favorite feature will get nerfed, and there will be downtime, and resets, and the general misery that accompanies any game in development,” Hecker said on the page. “That said, people seem to really like playing the game even in its current state, so I hope you will too!”