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Democracy 4 is in Early Access NOW! We intend to make the development of the game very open to influence by and feedback from the community who enjoy the game, so there will be three stages to our final development and release of the game:
Alpha Release. This is DONE, where we have a 'soft-release (not much PR), where people who are hardcore fans of the game can buy the alpha build and get playing before the game is ready for the mass market using the widget below. This is a PC-only, English-language only version of the game, initially with just three playable countries (the UK, USA, Germany). Obviously all future updates to the game for early buyers will be free, but you will need to re-download the game after each update.
Early-Access (Beta). At this point we are actively promoting the game. During this period we will add more languages and more countries. You can currently get this build using the widget below, or get it from humble store or steam or GoG.
Full Release. This marks the proper released version for people who do not like the hassle of Early Access. We should have all the countries and translations done at this point. From here on we continue to improve, tweak and balance the game in response to player feedback.
Hopefully this makes it clear as to how the sale of the game will proceed. Sometimes we get asked which method of buying the game gives the most money to the developer. Buying direct from our website (using the widget above) will give us 95% of the proceeds of the sale and is the preferred method. Once the game is available on major stores we will endeavour to make keys for those stores available to existing buyers, by using the payment providers system.