The game is out. Like right now.
Why are you still reading this? You can play the game right now!
Even the trailer hasn’t convinced you?! OK well if you’re sticking around I might as well tell you more about the preorder beta.
What is it?
The preorder beta is really like any other Early Access game. The reason I didn’t call it Early Access is twofold: 1. I wasn’t sure if Steam had the name trademarked and 2. I feel like Early Access is fast becoming a lazy term for “We’ve run out of money but the game’s not done”.
That’s not what’s happening with Big Pharma. We already have the Steam app id (we’re giving out Steam keys with the preorder beta!) and, based on the feedback from a few Youtubers, the game seems to be quite playable already.
It’s not perfect, that’s for sure, there are bugs and quality of life issues and balance issues… but it’s a great base to build future updates on. And I think those updates are more likely to be valuable if I have some people playing the game already telling me what they like and don’t like.
So what’s in the game right now?
There are 6 tutorials to teach you the basics of the game. Then there are 25 challenges spread across 5 scenarios, each of which challenges you to complete a set of objectives within a certain time limit.
For example, “A regulation business” asks you to simultaneously supply 6 different products with a minimum cure rating across the board of B. Sounds easy. It’s really not.
To make things more interesting, each challenge has Standard, Expert and Master times to beat them in. To complete every challenge on Master will be a very tricky feat indeed. Those looking for a challenge will not be disappointed.
A final word on challenges. It depends on the challenge but generally they are very open ended. For example, the first challenge in the game is called “Bottom Line” and you are asked to simply generate $1,000,000 in revenue. That’s it. About as open ended as you can get. This allows you to play the game at its best, as an open-ended simulation, but you still have something to be aiming for in the long term.
What’s left to come?
To save repeating myself I’ll just point you towards a link from the official page. For information on what’s left to come, check out the schedule.
Well nothing really. I just hope that if you choose to purchase the game at this point, that you enjoy it. Indeed, if you’re not ready to buy the game just now, then don’t worry. I don’t want anybody to play the game and be disappointed. Wait until a few more of the bugs are worked out or even for the full release (although you won’t get the 20% discount, just saying) and enjoy the game in its final polished state.
Mac and Linux users
I’m sorry there is no Mac or Linux version as of yet. But there will be.