TOXIKK Leaves Early Access, Free Edition Launches

Posted on 13 Sep 2016 by
Kyle Johnson

Predictably, the internet loses its collective minds over a free edition of a full shooter. More on that in a bit, but TOXIKK’s developers, after leaving early access, have seen total users rise above 60,000 for the first time, and have also seen concurrent players cross into the 1,000-2,000 daily range. A sharp increase over the tens seen before release.

Now, if you’re not sure about buying in to one of the first wave of a resurgence of arena shooters, Reakktor Studios have released a “free version,” more akin to a shareware copy than a true demo. For a full list of differences, you can visit the page (and read their explanation) here, but know that there is no competitive disadvantage to not buying the game. You just miss out on the customization options, along with the ability to mod and tweak your game and the server browser. Not to be outdone, Reakktor has included a guide to access an external server browser for free version users for those interested.

Regardless, Steam reviews, always an excellent measure of quality, have been doing their best to eviscerate the game for “missing features.” Most seem to misunderstand the point of a free version, but hopefully Reakktor is able to respond to their complaints in a reasoned manner. For those interested in supporting the developers, the retail copy will run you $20, and you can look forward to our review of TOXIKK coming soon.

Official Press Release

TOXIKK has left Early Access last night… and we REALLY didn’t expect such a massive resonance.
Some SteamDB stats: >60k owners, 24hrs CCU peak: >1.6k.

So yea… we totally did not see that coming (given the 10-20 CCU peaks we had only a few days ago). ^^

The release of the Free Edition (aka demo) also seemed to have attracted quite a few players. It’s a bit strange though, how the entire concept of demos and shareware has pretty much vanished from the PC gaming scene, when it was such a prominent feature during its early days. From the comments on our forums, we even learned that we had to put up an FAQ to explain the ideas behind shareware and demos again. And yea… that FAQ also answers the highly pushing question: “Why is it called ‘FREE EDITION’ and not ‘DEMO’?”. ^^

Free Edition FAQ on Steam:

…and last but not least:
Our 1.0 release trailer (published only a few minutes ago) that we wanted to send you along with all the other info above.

We, Reakktor, would like to say “Thank you!” for all the great press coverage we got for Toxikk before its full release. We couldn’t have done it witout you guys.

And now it’s back to work for some more bug squashing… ^^

Comments (1)

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David Pink
Posted 14 Sep 2016, 13:41
I've never played Toxikk, paid or free version, but I have to admit, this looks entertaining, anyone willing to play a round sometime just give me a poke, I'd be down for a game :)