I completely agree with brett2525 and have exactly the same complaint.
Let me clarify: When I saw the announcement about the release of this beta here in this forum I though that accessing it would be fairly easy (I am not a Steam client) so I followed the link, read the description in the steam website, signed in, tried to register my version of this game,... wasted some time just to realise that only clients that bought this game through steam would be able to access this beta. Nice.
- As brett2525 mentioned, this update actually includes a few other previous updates (1.08 and 1.09) that he lists, according to what is posted in the steam page about it. These previous updates are mostly about other features that are not related to the modding build and some of their features I have been waiting to see addresses since day one (Yes, I bought the game the day it was launched)
- Like LeeChard I also assumed that buying games directly from Matrix/Slitherine games would be a way of "buying directly to the producer" and the latter would benefit from it, not me since I assume the price is the same.
- Many of us have been quiiiiite patient with all the "hiccups" in the development of this version of CC, with YEARS of wait, including formal and clear of release dates that without any later information provided, were postponed for YEARS.
- It is sad and very frustrating to read the reply from PipFromSlitherine to the very clear post from brett2525. It simply chooses to ignore the question and give us a nonsense reply. In reality, why are we not able to receive the mentioned updates (1.08 and 1.09)? Why are steam clients able to do so and still get the bonus of the modding features (in beta)? These are the questions that need a proper reply to the people that contribute to the payment of your salaries.