It's becoming quite common for game developers to offer early access to upcoming titles in order to drum up anticipation, stress-test servers, or get feedback from the community. However, there's always the chance that the game will turn out to be a buggy mess—even after release. To encourage gamers to take a chance on these games, GOG.com is offering an early access program that allows gamers to try out upcoming titles risk-free.
The program is launching with five titles: Starbound, Ashes of the Singularity, Project Zomboid, Terratech, and The Curious Expedition. Purchases of these titles come with a 14-day, no-questions-asked refund policy, and they're DRM-free. Users of GOG's Galaxy client will also be able to control updates for these titles. Galaxy lets users roll back to more stable versions if necessary.
Of the available titles, I'm most curious about Ashes of the Singularity. As one of the first games to implement DirectX 12, it provides a way for for us to check out the performance and features of Microsoft's latest graphics API. That might make it worth the price of admission, especially since the game has been discounted by 25% to promote the launch of GOG's early access program.