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Secret Ponchos now available on Steam Early Access

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Secret Ponchos, the top-down, spaghetti western-themed shooter, has arrived on Steam Early Access for Windows PC.

Developer Switchblade Monkeys says in the game's listing that they are aiming for a full PC release between the fall of 2014 and the first three months of 2015.

"We aim to test and polish as many of our characters, levels and modes as possible during Early Access — no holding back!" the studio says. " Some content will be released at different stages of the Early Access program (i.e. the Matador character, Plaza Map, and a few game modes) but the plan is that during the course of Early Access, most content will be available."

The studio called the Early Access version "a solid Alpha state.

"We are very interested in using Early Access to see how players form strategies to compete and cooperate online, and then continuing to balance based on what we learn," they add.

Secret Ponchos is a class-based, multiplayer-only shooter supporting up to eight players in a variety of game types. Players duel it out on Old West maps to increase their characters' rank and fame.

The game was originally slated for release on PlayStation 4 in April, but has been held back indefinitely for testing and polish. For more on the game, read our hands-on preview from PAX 2013.

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