What does "Early Access" mean for games?
Early Access is an opportunity for gamers to play a game as it is being developed. Participants of Early Access get to join in the development process by helping to test and report issues, provide crucial feedback to the development team, and be the first to explore and interact with new features - essentially having a front row seat to seeing a game grow and evolve around them.
Due to the nature of Early Access (being a work in progress), players should expect at times to encounter:
- Broken / incorrect functionality (bugs)
- Unfinished, missing, or unpolished content (e.g. quests and narrative)
- Gameplay balance issues
- Temporary graphics and roughed out areas
- Player data resets
What does this mean for Big Time?
Big Time is currently in an Early Access stage of development, where it will continue to be refined with frequent patches and updates until it the core gameplay experience and content are considered complete and ready for public-access. Though even in public-access, Big Time will continue to evolve.
As stated above, the game is in an Early Access stage so encountering bugs, including the risk of losing data related to in-game items, is a given.
Until we reach the public release of the game, server-wide data resets may happen multiple times as they are necessary to test new features, balance the game, or fix bugs. The good thing is that NFTs are always safe as they persist on the player's Open Loot account.