At E3 today, Microsoft announced that they will be launching the Xbox Game Preview feature for the Xbox One later today. Working in a similar manner to Steam’s Early Access feature, Game Preview will allow developers to release early versions of their games to fans before their final release. Among the first games released via this system will be indie developer Hinterlands hit survival game The Long Dark and the tactical space exploration sim Elite Dangerous. Both games will be available for purchase via the Game Preview section of the Xbox Store when the feature launches later today, 6/15/2015, at 5:30 PM PST.
“We’re excited to offer a select list of games via Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One, enabling Xbox players the opportunity to get involved with the development of innovative game experiences with excellent development teams behind them by offering feedback throughout the development process,” said Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox. “Hinterland’s The Long Dark is the perfect example of the quality and innovation we anticipate in all our Game Preview titles.”
Those who buy into The Long Dark’s preview will have access to the game’s free-form sandbox mode and will later gain access to episodic story content for free shortly. While, in the case of Elite Dangerous, future updates will bring new ships, modes of play, and other content to the game later this summer.
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