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Super Monday Night Combat release date jumps to... right now

“Fuck it, we're doing it live,” tweeted Uber Entertainment's Chandana Ekanayake earlier today. No delightful Fox News schadenfreude this time around: instead, here's a free-play shooter released onto Steam even as the developer irons out the bugs. Super Monday Night Combat was in the midst of closed beta until very recently, but the game's now live on Steam, thanks to “issues” which saw the title accidentally released into the wild. Now all the world's invited to help shepherd SMNC toward its eventual 1.0 release.

“We had a bunch of invite issues over the weekend and the cleanest way to sort that out is to open it up,” explains Ekanayake over on the game's forums. While forumites and longtime players worry that the game's pre-release imbalances make it a risky proposition for public consumption, Ekanayake says the game's development will continue in a form “no different that what we've been doing, which is continue to update the game.”

You can download the free-play title on Steam now, with “a formal announcement, promotion etc” promised by Ekanayake in the game's next patch.

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6 comments

  • sh33phead - April 17, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    Sweet. Downloading now :)
  • SideOfBeef - April 17, 2012 6:13 p.m.

    So they accidentally a game? Anyways, the larger player base will probably make for a better beta, it previously had some serious issues with player skill versus balance.
  • ObliqueZombie - April 18, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    I'm pretty stoked for it, but what's the difference between this one and the regular Monday Night Combat? Just the $10 price tag?
  • bananablitz - April 18, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    I tried SMNC and to be honest I like the original better.
  • gopie - April 18, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    So how long till the xbox release? Same as before?
  • The_Ouroboros - April 24, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    As long as they blatantly lie to and fuck over the XBL community like they did with the last one, I might check this out. Actually, I still very vividly remember all of their community manager bullshit on their forums, so we'll see if this one gets picked up.

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