Lead developer Garry Newman previously stated in February that
we could probably give dev access to a few modders now, but didn't want to disrupt the game's development pace.
Preview keys of the game were given to a handful of developers to test the tools given with the game.
Newman says that releasing the game to a select few
has been really beneficial, as
it's made it really obvious where we needed to focus energy [and] found a bunch of bugs too.
The game is in a very early state, however –
there's nothing to play yet says Newman, as the game is currently
janky and has very little content.
S&box comes shipped with a build of Valve's new Source 2 engine, which is set to completely overhaul mod creation. Source 2 has been privately used by Valve in games for several years, but it has not yet had a full release for users.