E3 has come and gone, which means it’s now time for other events to come out from the shadows. Yes, the fun never stops in the world of gaming. Today, it’s Valve’s turn, as the company has officially begun its Steam Game Festival Summer edition for 2021. The event coincides with Steam Next Fest, which includes more than 700 demos to play and livestreams hosted by developers.
Steam Next Fest kicked off at 1 PM ET today, and it’ll go until it ends on June 22 at the same time. You can check out all the livestreams, along with a broadcast schedule, at the Next Fest page over at Steam. The shows have already begun with developer streams of games including Sea of Craft, Project Haven, and many others. There will be new livestreams practically every hour of the day, so you might be able to catch something interesting whenever you tune in.
The Steam Game Festival is, of course, a bigass sale. Because it is always a sale over at Steam. If you’re an avid user of the platform, I imagine you’ve already gotten a few emails for games you have on your wishlist. Now might be a good time to pick off a few that have been stuck there for the last five to six years. Looking over at mine, I see I have…none. Wait. None of the games I have on my wishlist are on sale. That’s just not fair. Well, hopefully some of you are more fortunate.
Bring on the cheap games, once again
There are tons of games going on sale for the Steam Next Fest and Game Festival. Those who have missed out on the melancholy and beautiful Spiritfarer will find it for 34% off. The game also just got a free update recently that introduces co-op fishing. Metamorphosis, the game that takes some noteworthy creative freedom on the Kafka book of the same name, is sitting at 65% off.
The main draw for the week, however, is Steam Next Fest and its list of demos. As mentioned, there are more than 700 demos now available, mostly for upcoming indie games. One that caught my eye was Dread Templar, an old school shooter that invokes memories of Blood. And it has a demo you can check out today.
Indeed, E3 is finally over. I think it’s time to go back to actually playing games, instead of watching their trailers.