Roughly six months after entering closed beta, Icons: Combat Arena is taking its next step towards release. Wavedash Games' debut title has entered early access on Steam, giving the general public a chance to play the game and provide feedback.
Icons is available for free, though only two characters - Ashani and Xana - are available at the start. A third character, Kidd, is also available for free to anyone who played the closed beta. The remaining characters - as well as any new characters released in the future - must be either unlocked through play or purchased. Players will have the option to either purchase characters individually or pay a single fee to unlock every character - both those currently available and any that happen to be released in the future.
Currently Icons is only available for download in North America, with Wavedash Games citing multiple reasons for the current region lock - the two biggest ones are ensuring the quality of the netcode and compliance with local laws across jurisdictions. The game is expected to launch outside of North America later in 2018.