Chris Hecker (Spore, Quake) announced Thursday the price for early beta access to his latest espionage game, SpyParty, will be $15. This gets you access to the early beta, access to the forums and discussions, as well as the complete game once its released. Players who sign up through the game’s site will also have a chance to lay down $50 or more for their name to be included in the credits once the full title is released.
$15 dollars is a justified price, Hecker says, as it “has become the de facto price point for AAA Indie Games.” Is SpyParty a AAA indie game and is it worth $15 dollars? A good number of people certainly think so. Last time Hecker checked in on the numbers, there were more than 700 gamers already signed up and ready to go. That’s only a few months after he opened the sign up. Not convinced?
For those who are not familiar with the game, SpyParty‘s main mode pits two players against each other. One plays the spy who navigates through a dinner party trying to blend in. The other plays a sniper posted outside, scoping the various attendees under the auspices of eliminating this person with a bullet.
Instead of the action, blood and explosions one would expect from other spy games, this title focuses on subtleties of human behavior. So expect sophisticated AI acting like, well, humans. In its application at various expos, one has never seen a more tense session with two players gripping their controllers anxiously, eyes wide in stern concentration staring at a virtual dinner party.
While no official announcements have been made, Hecker wishes the game to be on all platforms, including the Wii U.