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Hot Lava

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Klei Entertainment

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'Hot Lava' Is Currently In Paid Open Beta - Trailer

by Rainier on June 22, 2018 @ 1:12 p.m. PDT

Traverse distinct worlds, from school hallways to the memories of your darkest fears, Hot Lava is a game of dexterity and ingenuity, you will have to use all your skills to complete the treacherous obstacles that await.

The Floor is Hot Lava!

Hot Lava transports you back to your childhood imagination. Relive those moments of excitement, joy and chaos. Run, jump, climb, and surf in first person across nostalgia-packed environments flooded with hot molten lava. Explore alone, or join your friends.

But whatever you do…

Don’t Touch The Floor

Hey Everybody. 

Just wanted to make a quick note that open beta has begun for Hot Lava ($9.99) and explain a little about what that means, and where we are going to go from here. 

As of yesterday we gave out the game to over 12k people who signed up for the closed beta for Hot Lava. We're extremely thankful to everybody for their interest, thanks for all your helpful feedback and bug reports. 

As of today all new players can purchase the game from Steam. We have the final price of the game set for 12.99.. One for yourself and one for a friend. However, we are pricing the game at a discount to for people who purchase before launch at $9.99 for 2 copies of the game.

We're not quite ready for the massive rush of early-access yet. When a game goes into early-access it becomes part of the entire Steam ecosystem with curators, reviews, banner rotations and top sellers lists. So we're keeping a low profile for now until we believe we are ready for early-access. 

When a game goes into early access, it is then part of steam. So it will suggest the game to people who like that sort of game or games your friends are playing. It appears in top sellers lists, it's open for reviews, Steam recommends it to your friends and basically the game is given a soft marketing push by Steam. We don't want this right now. However, we have a lot of people who want to play the game. So. We're doing an open beta.

Basically, we want to sell the game through steam to people who know about it, but we don't want steam to help people find it.

This is the same thing we have done for Don't Starve, Don't Starve Together, Invisible Inc and most recently Oxygen Not Included. However, previously we sold keys to be redeemed in Steam through our website- beginning with Oxygen Not Included we can sell directly through Steam Thanks to Valve.

We put a banner up on the store page so it was super clear that the game is in Open Beta - hopefully Steam will have better messaging for this in the future like they do for Early-Access.

We realize this was confusing, and we appologize. Last time we did this for Oxygen Not Included you couldn't even search for the game on steam and you could only get it through a special link... THAT was confusing.

Sorry for the mix up. We'll see what we can do to clarify that directly on the store page.

Thanks everybody.

BETA NOTE: This game is not complete and is still under development. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see how the game progresses further in development.

Key Features:

  • Together: Conquer challenging worlds with up to eight your friends with drop in-drop out multiplayer.
  • Traverse: Run, jump, climb, swing, boost, and surf in first person across lava filled worlds. Mastering execution will take dedication and skill.
  • Explore: Detailed environments jam packed with childhood nostalgia.
  • Compete: To find the fastest route using shortcuts and expert execution on the friends leaderboard.
  • Avoid: lava, toxic waste, bottomless pits, and crushers. Danger is around every corner.
  • Create: Hot Lava comes with a level construction kit for Unity. Share your creations on the Steam Workshop.

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