In development since 2009, SpyParty will hit Steam Early Access next year (probably)

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SpyParty has two players. The Spy infiltrates a party and attempts to blend in with a group of NPCs while completing objectives like planting bugs or swapping evidence. The Sniper watches the room from afar and tries to pick out who the Spy is so they can deliver the killing shot. If that sounds familiar, it’s because SpyParty has been in varying states of development for most of the past decade, but it seems the game might actually be inching closer to release soon.

Perhaps someday SpyParty will make our list of the best indie games on PC.

A new trailer went up two days ago, and in the comments developer Chris Hecker says that he’s “hoping to it up on Steam Early Access early next year.” Before it goes up, it apparently needs UI work, a tutorial, matchmaking, some load testing, and Steam account integration. There’s also now a Steam page laying out Early Access plans. This is practically a real video game.

Don’t get too excited for the final release, though. On the official FAQ we find the admission from Hecker that “I am very bad at estimating dates, but I think it will be in Early Access about two years.”

That’s an auspicious number, because way back in 2010 AVClub reported that “according to Hecker, this game is about two years from completion.” In 2013, Hecker had this to say:

One thing will remain true no matter the year, and no matter the age in which we live: SpyParty is about two years from being done.

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