No, not Steam Early Access. Dreams is still a PS4 exclusive, after all.
When Media Molecule released the first Little Big Planet, it was a cutesy platform game with a neat level builder attached. By the time they’d released the third one, level creation and content sharing were at the forefront.
It’s truly remarkable, some of the things that talented creators have been able to put together within that limited framework, so Dreams, Media Molecule’s next “game”, makes perfect sense.
Dreams is a video game in a very loose sense. There will be levels and challenges and other content included with the main release, but the reason everyone wants it? That’s so they can build their own fun.
With that in mind, Media Molecule ran a beta programme for Dreams. Some of the results were remarkable. Of particular note is this realistic FPS prototype which – aside from the cutesy Dreams UI to start – looks every bit like it’s been cooked up in a professional game engine.
In order to get a better handle on what Dreams is capable of in the hands of others – Media Molecule is using the exact same toolset as the players will receive – Media Molecule is following that beta with an Early Access programme.
Announced today in a PlayStation blog, and referred to as Dreams Creator Early Access, here’s what you can expect:
“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 and published your assets, 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.”
Dreams Creator Early Access will be “available digitally through the PlayStation Store this spring, priced at $29.99 MSRP (+ applicable tax) in the US and $39.99 MSRP (+ applicable tax) in Canada”. That’s about £23 Sterling, so expect it to be (at least) £24.99 once Brexit finishes doing unpleasant things to our economy.
Spots are limited in the Dreams Creator Early Access, so you’ll want to get your name on the list to be notified of the release.