Dreams has a release window, kind of. Media Molecule has announced that Dreams will be releasing as an early access game on PS4 this spring, but it’s not the final release.
Writing over on the official PlayStation Blog, Media Molecule’s Siobhan Reddy announced that Dreams will be getting an early access release catered towards creators who want to use their skills to knock up some content and tinker with the tools before the game’s full release.
Reddy explained that the game is still in development and that the best way to carry on would be to release the game as an early access title.
“Early Access won’t have everything that the full version of Dreams will, but you’ll get 100% of the same Dreams tools that we have used every day at MM to make our content. As well as fun, deep interactive tutorials catering for all skill sets and levels and Mm crafted arcade games ready to play and remix. If you joined us during the beta period, you’ll also have your beta creations to return to. Along the way, we’ll be adding more features, tutorials, arcade levels and assets during the Early Access period as we build towards the full slate of launch content.”
It’s pretty rare to see early access releases on PS4, though they’ve been a common feature over on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, as this’ll give people a chance to get the game early and for less than it’ll cost when it releases as a full game.
The Dreams early access release isn’t the full game, and the developers are keen to stress that point. However, if you do buy the early access version, you won’t need to pay to upgrade to the full version once that releases. There is a catch though, in that early access places are limited. There’s no word on how many places there are, but if you’re desperate to get back into your own virtual studio to keep creating all kinds of oddities, you’ll probably want to stump up the cash as soon as it releases.
The Dreams early access release will cost $29.99/€29.99, though there’s no word yet on UK pricing. I’d imagine it’ll fall in line with the North American and European prices. Speaking of which, the Dreams early access release won’t be available all over the world, but will be limited to the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Austria, Benelux, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Spain.
There’s still no solid release date for the Dreams early access, only the vague promise of spring 2019. There’s also no word on the game’s full release, though I imagine it’ll most likely be towards the end of this year.
As for PSVR support… The blog post doesn’t mention anything, so I think it’s safe to assume that PSVR support won’t be in the Dreams early access release, but will instead be saved for the game’s full release.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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