"Released" or "In-Development" statuses
This might sound redundant, but perhaps is would be beneficial to make the Status of a entries "Released" or "In-development" instead of leaving it blank for this development state.
It appears rather common people confuse the terms of Alpha, Beta. etc. for something they need to fill out without understanding what those states are, marking a fully released title as an "Alpha", or leaving a title in perpetual "Early Access" after the full release. Contrary to all other data points of an entry, this is the only one it's encouraged to be left blank, while new users feel compelled to enter something to be correct and complete. As both Alpha and Beta usually are private and internal statuses game developers use, it might be more correct to use "In-development" for general public facing statuses.
Title is in the earliest stages of development where not all key modes and features are implemented or in a completable state.
Key modes and features have all been added and title enters a "code-locked" state where no additional features are added in order to ship.
Available to the general public
Allows for early purchase access to the incomplete title. (Steam)
Hey! This is not a bad idea, however it is going to be a bit hard to do that with our current set up for statuses. We are worried that it might cause confusion for some contributors that are working on games or adding games that are between stages where "in development" and "released" won't apply. So we would need to think about how to expand this feature carefully before taking action. We will investigate further on this topic. Thanks!