The Game Festival Lets You Play Demos Of Unreleased Indie Games On Steam

The Game Awards will be making its return tomorrow and as part of the awards, free demos of 13 upcoming indie game will be available for gamers to try out on Steam. This gives players a chance to try out some new games that will also be discussed on the award show. 

The Game Festival is a first-of-its-kind digital event and will see demos for 13 upcoming indie games available on Steam for 48 hours, starting from December 12, 1pm EST (December 13, 2am SGT). You might even find some indie games familiar, such as Glass Bottom’s adorable Skatebird (which is also getting released on the Nintendo Switch), as well as Devolver Digital’s Carrion

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If you find The Game Festival’s concept of letting gamers play upcoming game releases familiar, that’s because it was made to mimic the experience of a gaming trade show like E3, according to Geoff Keighley, the founder and host of The Game Awards.

“Now feels like the right time to take the next step with The Game Festival, a completely digital approach to the consumer event space. Let’s face it: Not everyone can attend a physical trade show or consumer event. The Game Festival is designed from the ground-up as an event without barriers, extending the benefits of a physical event to the global gaming community that watches The Game Awards.”

Here is the list of games that will have free demos on steam during The Game Festival:

  • System Shock (Nightdive Studios)
  • Eastward (Pixpil/Chucklefish)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus)
  • Moving Out (SMG Studio/Devm Games/Team17)
  • Röki (Polygon Treehouse/United Label)
  • Chicory (Greg Lobanov)
  • Wooden Nickel (Brain&Brain)
  • Haven (The Game Bakers)
  • Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive)
  • Acid Knife (Powerhoof)
  • The Drifter (Powerhoof)
  • CARRION (Phobia/Devolver)
  • Skatebird (Glass Bottom Games)

Alongside The Game Festival, Steam will also be airing The Game Awards in 4K Ultra HD. Viewers can also catch the show on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other major video game platform.