The Early Access Report: Taking stock

The Early Access Report: Taking stock

The Early Access Report

Supergiant Games did it: After their respectable successes from Bastion to Pyre, the US developers climbed the Olympus of the best games of the past year with Hades and achieved one of the highest average ratings at with 93 points. Because this is the first time that such an achievement has been achieved by a former Early Access title, one could speculate that the action role-playing game became so good because "we" were allowed to have a say.

Table of contents

1 The beginning of a wonderful friendship 2 In the hell of development 3 Obscurity 4 Step by step to success 5 The small downsides of Early Access 6 Conclusion: Understanding the real meaning behind Early Access Hades first appeared in 2018 and was initially exclusively available in the Epic Games Store, where interested parties could buy it for a fair 20 euros. Particularly interesting is the reason given by the makers why it was only available at a later point in time in the much better-visited Steam Store: At the beginning, they wanted to concentrate on one platform and, on top of that, not unsettle too many of their long-term fans who were not interested in an unfinished one Had game.

Cuomo's family had special access to COVID-19 tests in early days of pandemic: Reports

The embattled governor, who's under scrutiny for withholding the number of COVID-19 deaths in state nursing homes and for sexual misconduct allegations, finds himself once again under fire.

The testing mostly took place in March 2020, when little was known about the contagious virus. Cuomo allegedly also gave politicians, celebrities and media personalities access to tests, according to the reports.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his brother Chris Cuomo attend the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, April 26, 2018, in New York City.

The accusations were shared anonymously by state employees to media outlets and raise questions about how state resources were allocated in the early days of the pandemic.

According to the reports, at times, state troopers would drive testing samples to the Wadsworth Center, a state public health lab in Albany, for expedited results, compared with how most test kits were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, taking at least a week to return results.

'There was nothing extraordinary about the use of State Police assets to transfer samples, as that was the case for virtually all collections sent to Wadsworth early on. During the first weeks of the pandemic, troopers transported thousands of samples from around the state to Wadsworth for testing,' New York State Police said in a statement.

The governor's brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, announced on March 31, 2020, that he had contracted COVID-19.

Chris Cuomo was swabbed by a top New York Department of Health doctor who visited his home in the Hamptons to collect samples from him and his family, people with knowledge of the matter said to the Washington Post.

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said: 'We generally do not get involved in the medical decisions of our employees. However, it is not surprising that in the earliest days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and was concerned about possible spread, he turned to anyone he could for advice and assistance, as any human being would.'

The governor did not deny the allegations in a statement shared with ABC News, but instead noted that nurses were going door to door in New Rochelle -- a state-designated hotspot at the time -- conducting COVID-19 tests in the early days of the pandemic.

'We should avoid insincere efforts to rewrite the past,' Gov. Cuomo's spokesperson, Richard Azzopardi, said. 'In the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we were absolutely going above and beyond to get people testing -- including in some instances going to people's homes -- and door to door in places like New Rochelle -- to take samples from those believed to have been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent additional ones.'

'Among those we assisted,' he added, 'were members of the general public, including legislators, reporters, state workers and their families.'

Lindsey Boylan, one of several women to accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, slammed the governor for 'abusing his office to ensure his VIP list of friends and family could have tests administered from the comfort of their Manhattan penthouses.'

Theresa Sari, left, and her daughter Leila Ali look at a section of a memorial wall after a news conference in New York, March 21, 2021. Sari's mother, Maria Sachse, was a nursing home resident and died from COVID-19. Families and their supporters brought a memorial wall to remember the approximately 15,000 people that died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in New York.

Anniversary of nursing home directive

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Cuomo's directive that assisted living residents could return home after being discharged from the hospital -- even if that individual hadn't received a negative COVID test.

Critics have questioned whether the directive caused the virus to spread in nursing homes. The number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19 may have been undercounted by as much as 50%, according to a January report from the state attorney general.

Cuomo and the state health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, have said nursing homes already were infected because of staff members who they said brought the virus in from the outside. They also said it was the best option at the time to free up desperately needed hospital beds.

In February, it became known that at least 15,000 long-term care facility residents had died statewide during the pandemic. In late January, the state said 8,700 had died, a figure that didn't include residents who died after being transferred to hospitals.

The administration's handling of nursing home data and allegations of Cuomo's inappropriate behavior with women are part of a months-long impeachment investigation by the state Assembly.

The New York Attorney's General's office told ABC News, 'The recent reports alleging there was preferential treatment given for COVID-19 testing are troubling. While we do not have jurisdiction to investigate this matter, it’s imperative that the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics look into it immediately.”

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