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Old 01-09-2019, 11:04 PM   #1
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Okay, first the F-14 looks amazing. One of my favorite aircraft of all times. Now with that out of the way I have a stupid question. If I pre purchase the F-14 does that give early access or just a discount for when it releases? Sorry for the dumb question!!
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:08 PM   #2
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I imagine it just gives you a discount before early access releases this winter. If someone purchases after early access is released they will get early access but no discount.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:11 PM   #3
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You get a discount if you purchase it before the early access release. In DCS, early access doesn't really mean that you get it before anyone else. It just means you get to fly it while the dev's finish up the module. But, if you wait until after the early access release then you will pay full price.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:50 AM   #4
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You get a discount if you purchase it before the early access release. In DCS, early access doesn't really mean that you get it before anyone else. It just means you get to fly it while the dev's finish up the module. But, if you wait until after the early access release then you will pay full price.
Well, it means you get to fly it before its actual release.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:07 AM   #5
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I've noticed that early access really just means people get more opportunity to bitch and complain whilst ignoring the fact that it was in fact just an early access issue.

Surely that ought to mean paying more, not less! So what you're seeing is doubly discounted. What a bargain, and all that fun making complaints too!
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:32 AM   #6
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I've noticed that early access really just means people get more opportunity to bitch and complain whilst ignoring the fact that it was in fact just an early access issue.

Surely that ought to mean paying more, not less! So what you're seeing is doubly discounted. What a bargain, and all that fun making complaints too!
What are you on about? 'Early access issue' is an totally meaningless undefinable fudge.

Extremist non-sense laying blame solely on customers is totally unhelpful. For the early access model to work well devs need to be spot on with their comms and customers need to have some patience. Both sides have failed to an extent, so try to contribute an adult discussion on how to improve things instead of ponting the finger.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:20 AM   #7
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Okay, first the F-14 looks amazing. One of my favorite aircraft of all times. Now with that out of the way I have a stupid question. If I pre purchase the F-14 does that give early access or just a discount for when it releases? Sorry for the dumb question!!
When you prepurchse you get a discount (as displayed in the ED Store). You will receive Early Access once the developer is ready to move it to EA, which at this point we expect will be March 21 or before.

What follows is a brief rundown of what Early Access is (in the gospel according to Horns), in case you're not sure...

"Early Access" effectively means you get the chance to beta test once the devs believe it is ready. When the module is released it *will* be missing some features, for instance we will only get the -B variant at first, with the -A to be released later on, and I think the targeting pod might not be available at first either - but I'm not certain. There is always the chance there might be a game-breaking bug, and these are fixed as the devs are able, so the aircraft might be unusable for you for a time.

Early Access is not for everyone. I like Early Access because I like learning whatever is available, and I take a long time about learning so adjusting for missing systems isn't a huge problem. However, if you want an aircraft you can jump in and fly and know it will work the way it should, it might be worth waiting for the proper release.
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FWIW, Heatblur's "ready for early access" is better than some devs' finished products. Not slamming other devs; just that Heatblur is that good.
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Basically you get the aircraft before it is fully finished and the creators continue working on the aircraft and updating it until they reach their completion goal. It might also mean that you can only play on the beta version of the DCS for a while, but that is usually fine. Most modules go on sale at some point in the year, though I don't remember how aircraft released for early access work, new planes may not go on sale until later in the year. Though I think the F18 has already been on sale once since early access, and it's little square button on the DCS start screen says "WIP" (Work In Progress).
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