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Frontiers coming to Early Access next month

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Frontiers

Frontiers, the exploration-based, Daggerfall-inspired RPG, will be released onto Early Access next month. Over a year (opens in new tab) after its successful Kickstarter, the game is currently undergoing closed beta testing; ahead of its public, albeit unfinished, release.

Why go the Early Access route? Creator Lars Simkins is brutally honest about his reasons: "The game is overly ambitious, over budget and over schedule and Early Access my last hope for getting it finished," he explains in an email. "A bit embarrassing, especially since I've criticized Early Access in the past, but hey it beats quitting."

See also: this update video, in which the pressures of game development are expressed through words and beard length.

Frontiers' Early Access release is set for 31 December. Here's the Steam page (opens in new tab). Here's an interview I did with Simkins (opens in new tab), back before the game's Kickstarter launched.

Phil Savage
Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.