Spaceship captain porn fantasy Subverse cancels Early Access

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Subverse, the game that raised £1,668,626 on Kickstarter (opens in new tab) for its promise of a kinky combo of Mass Effect, XCOM, and rather a lot of sex scenes, will no longer have an Early Access release.

In the latest Kickstarter update (opens in new tab), Studio FOW explain the decision by pointing out  narrative games don't often do well in Early Access, they already have 4,500 potential testers for their closed beta (which will be going ahead unchanged), and they don't believe that releasing it unfinished, chapter-by-chapter, would be good for momentum. "We feel it would be a disservice to you guys and the project to release it before the quality you deserve can be achieved throughout the game", as they sum up.

Those who backed at the Big Bang Theorist level will have access to the closed beta from September 28. The update also explains how Subverse's "Pandora Points" system will work: "Every time your waifu levels up, you get one PP."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.