Early Access is in something of a delicate situation right now; a pickle, if you will. A dill, kosher, crunchy pickle, with some people excited over the pickle and some people disgusted. Either way, pickle juice is leaking out of the digital world and getting stores shelves just a little bit sticky; a copy of Planetary Annihilation, the successfully-Kickstarted game by Uber Entertainment, was spotted at a retail outlet and posted on Reddit today, igniting a debate about where, when and how games should be sold.

Game Informer reached out to Uber, and asked why they would sell an unfinished game at retail. "The real question is, why not?" asked Jon Mavor, one of the game's directors. "After all, they are getting the same game, just earlier. It's a changing world and we hope to continue trying out new and innovative ways to make games."

Planetary Annihilation currently exists in "gamma" state, a post-beta-but-not-quite-full-release stage not often used to describe a game's development. Of course, you could always wait until the game is complete and makes a full launch, which Uber says will happen "when it's done."
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.