That's just not how early access works. The price of the game is there so Rodol can afford to continue development. If he was making it free, it would take 10+ years to finish as he wouldnt be able to afford to work on it nearly as much as he can currently. Rodol is not a AAA dev studio. He is basically a one man team. He doesn't have the funds to just throw away on dev costs. Besides, the game isnt unreasonably priced for early access.
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