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Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition Demos: The Final Epic Roundup

Clearly we didn't realize what we were getting into when we thought we could post roundups to cover all the demos coming as part of today's Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition. Then we got the announcement from Valve showing the magnitude of our miscalculation. This reveals that they are currently offering no fewer than 900 demos involved in this extravaganza. So rather than use a gatling gun's worth of bullets to list them all, we'll just admit defeat and refer you to the Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition Page for a listing of all the demos, livestreams, and developer chats that are part of this. Here's the announcement:
The Steam Game Festival, featuring over 900 playable demos, is on now!

The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition- the largest yet- is on now, featuring hundreds of free demos from games set to be released in the coming year.

From now until June 22 at 10am PDT, the Steam Game Festival showcases the newest games across every genre from developers in 65 countries. Fans have a chance to try out new projects from first-time devs and veteran developers alike, including the opportunity to be among the first to demo some of the most highly anticipated games of the coming year.

The event also features unique content throughout the week, including:

  • Developer demos and livestreams
  • Developer Spotlight: Original interviews
  • Playthroughs with the devs themselves

This is the third Steam Game Festival, and the largest yet. What began as a collaboration with Geoff Keighley and the Game Awards featuring a dozen titles soon branched off as a Valve-run event, with over 40 demos featured this spring- and now over 900 titles in the summer edition.

Colt Canyon and Demo Released

Colt Canyon is now available on and Steam, offering this crowdfunded western action game for Windows. There's also a playable demo on Steam and there's a Launch Trailer with a look. Here's word on this roguelike shooter:
Colt Canyon is a 2D pixel art shooter where you control a cowboy, or one of the many other unlockable characters, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the ruthless bandits. Take your gun and TNT and shoot your way through a hostile canyon full of hidden treasures, weapons, obstacles and all kinds of bloodthirsty scum.

Maybe you can save more people than just your partner. But watch out. Once you got your partner your job is not done. You'll also have to get back home...
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Iron Harvest Demo

A playable demo for Iron Harvest is now available on Steam, offering the chance to sample this upcoming alternate reality RTS game for Windows. Here's word on this game's take on the roaring '20s:
Iron Harvest is a real-time strategy game (RTS) set in the alternate reality of 1920+, just after the end of the Great War. The Game lets you control giant dieselpunk mechs, combining epic singleplayer and coop campaigns as well as skirmishes with intense action on the battlefield for multiplayer fans, Iron Harvest is the classic real-time strategy games fans have been waiting for.

Tradition clashes with scientific and technological progress, while Europe is still recovering from the brutal battles of the World War. Cities are being rebuilt and in the countryside, the era of the Iron Harvest has begun. Farmers are uncovering the remains of the majestic walking machines that had fought on the battlefields of the Great War.

In the midst of this chaos, a new threat appears that will put Europe’s very existence at risk. Secret forces are putting everything they can towards destabilization of entire countries, determined to set the world on fire once again and finally seize control.

VALORANT Ranked Mode Next Week

A tweet from Ziegler announces that Riot expects to launch rated/ranked competitive play next week for VALORANT, their multiplayer shooter (thanks The Loadout). Here's word:
Hey everyone, It's been hectic, so I haven't had a lot of time to post. To answer the biggest question: rated (competitive mode) will likely be out some time next week. We're spending this week putting together that release and making sure it is good. =)

Conan Exiles Patch Removes Denuvo

A new version 16.06.2020 patch for Conan Exiles is now available on Steam, updating the Windows multiplayer survival game with balance changes and removing Denuvo (thanks DSOGaming). Here's word:
Today we’re releasing our new update, focused on re-balancing a few aspects of the game. We’ve focused on followers and world bosses, making thralls slightly less of a powerhouse, but also toning down bosses’ health pools accordingly. The goal of these changes is to increase player power compared to Followers. We’ll continue to look at ways to re-balance the game, and we can’t wait to show you what’s coming in the near future.

With this update we have also fixed many of the issues that affected the avatar system in the game, fixing some exploits that abused them as well as re-balancing some of its core mechanics. They are still not enabled in official servers, but we will let you know in advance once we flip the switch during the upcoming weeks.

Additional to these changes we have also implemented the Funcom Live Services into the game that aims to create a smoother user experience while playing online, as well as removed Denuvo from the game. And together with all these changes, we have also bundled fixes for crashes, server optimizations, some exploit fixes, fixes to Argossean pieces, gave the Abyssal Remnant a wake up call and much more!

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Into the Black

I thought this Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition would demand keeping up with a bunch of demo releases. But as noted above, this turned out to be a futile dream. So I'm going to wrap up early and fire up Manstovia to cook MrsBlue some birthday dinner.

Last Link of the Day:
Space Invaders Day Celebrated With Booze, Pandemic Protections. Did not know this was a thing. Apparently the arcade game debuted on June 16, 1978.

Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition Demo Roundup - Part 3

Not done yet. There are still more after this.

  • Absolute Territory- The Space Combat Simulator. Windows demo.
    Absolute Territory is the singleplayer sci-fi space combat action game set in a futuristic setting. Fly 11 different space fighters in World War 2 (WW2) style dogfights. Play in first or third-person views. Customize fighter weaponry, and create your own experiences using the in-game level editor!
  • ASYLUM. Windows, macOS, and Linux demo. Livestream tomorrow and Q&A with the team Thursday.
    From the creators of cult sleeper hit Scratches and the haunting Serena, comes a chilling journey into the darkest depths of your mind. ASYLUM is an ambitious and intricate horror adventure casting you into the hallucinatory setting of the Hanwell Mental Institute, a silent witness to unimaginable atrocities that transpired between its endless corridors.
  • Gestalt- Steam & Cinder -
    Inspired by 16 and 32-bit classics, Gestalt: Steam & Cinder fuses tight 2D platforming and exhilarating combat with an engrossing, twist-laden narrative in a stunningly handcrafted steampunk world.
  • Rise of Humanity. Windows demo. Live Dev-Walkthrough Stream today and Rise of Humanity - Discord AMA with the developers Thursday.
    In Rise of Humanity you take control of a band of odd heroes who so far have survived the onslaught that started 50 years ago. They have discovered that the robots the AI uses to do its bidding are getting weaker and this is the time to strike back.
  • The Last Spell. Windows demo.
    The Last Spell is a turn-based tactical RPG immersed in roguelite mechanics in which you lead a team of hardened heroes to defend the last bastion of humanity against hordes of monsters.
  • Windjammers 2. Windows demo.
    25 years later, throwing flying discs at your opponents is still as cool as back in the days. Sequel to the NEOGEO cult classic Windjammers, Windjammers 2 is the perfect mix between what you loved about the classic title and brand-new mechanics. Fast-paced, strategic, easy to learn but hard to master: Windjammers 2 follows the steps of the first episode and brings back what makes the Windjammers series an amazing fun and competitive game!

Desperados III and Demo Released

Desperados III is now available for Windows on and Steam, offering the latest installment in this tactical stealth sequel set in the wild, wild west. Accompanying the launch is a one level playable demo, which can be found on this page on or the game's Steam Listing. Here's the Release Trailer and here's word on the game, including word on plans for more content and an upcoming update to add macOS and Linux support:
Desperados III is launching today on PC, Xbox One™ and PlayStation®4 - and the international press can’t stop singing it’s praises: With a strong score of 86 on Metacritic, Desperados III is one of the best rated real-time tactical games in years.

But developer Mimimi Games won't stop there, not only will they be releasing the season pass with three additional missions later this year, the team will also release two free content updates in July and August, each featuring 4 new Baron's challenge bonus missions. Additionally, there will be an update this summer, adding Mac & Linux support.

Start your journey with John Cooper and his fellow Desperados now, to stop the greedy and power-hungry DeVitt Company. While you are waiting for the Download to complete or the installation to be finished, have a look at the live-action release trailer, which gives you a quick peek into the wild west tale you are about to witness.
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Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition Demo Roundup - Part 2

Still more on the way after this.

  • The Magister. Windows demo.
    Become absorbed in this murder-mystery RPG as you utilise expertly honed skills to piece together clues and bring the perpetrator to justice. Featuring an innovative card-based encounters system, you can fight with weapons and magic or settle disputes peacefully using ‘Tactical Diplomacy’.
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition. Windows demo.
    Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition is a remastered version of the original, featuring two all-new modes: Arena and Local Co-op! Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition is a nihilistic action platformer combining hectic shootouts with the management of a mysterious idle game.
  • Overloop. Windows demo.
    A year after Infinity Inc. put the cloning gun on the market, the world has fallen into chaos.
    People started cloning everything: money, food, energy, and even themselves.
    How many clones will you need to end Douglas Infinity's authoritarian regime? Can you save your own authenticity in a world where everything is a copy?
  • Ruinarch. Windows demo. Livestream tonight and dev chat tomorrow.
    Ruinarch is a devilishly fun simulation/sandbox game where you are an evil demon overlord creating havoc and invading procedurally generated fantasy worlds. You will have access to a vast repertoire of spells, afflictions, demons and monsters. Cast a Meteor or a Lightning Bolt directly on the pitiful wretches, or turn them against each other by cursing them with flaws like Unfaithfulness or Cannibalism, or just send out your demons and minions to invade their villages. We'll give you all sorts of tools to create a hellish chronicle for the ages.
  • Unto The End. Windows demo.
    As the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition gets underway, indie publisher Big Sugar is thrilled to confirm that a demo for the upcoming cinematic platformer Unto The End is available to play for the duration of the event, which ends next Monday, 22 June, at 10 AM PDT. Unto The End developer 2 Ton Studios has updated the demo with a few feature and gameplay tweaks based on feedback from its previous outing as part of the Digital Dragons showcase, which was hosted on Steam last month.

Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition Demo Roundup - Part 1

Here's a first roundup of the flood of time-limited demos on Steam today. There will be one more such list at the very least.

  • The Almost Gone. Windows and macOS demo. Q&A Friday and livestream Saturday.
    Celebrate the Steam Game Festival with a Demo version for The Almost Gone! For the first time, you will be able to freely explore the first chapter of the award-winning narrative puzzle game brought to you by Happy Volcano. Wander around the rooms of your empty home as you explore the dioramas of the world that was once your life. Search forensically for clues to find your way out and piece together the truth behind your tragic fate.
  • For the People. Windows demo. Livestream and Q&A today.
    For the People is a politically charged strategy game putting players in the shoes of a recently elected mayor in the Soviet inspired Commonwealth of Orange Collectives.
  • Forge and Fight! Windows demo. Developer Live Stream tomorrow and Meet the developers AMA Thursday.
    Forge and Fight! Is a wacky, fun, weapon-crafting multiplayer action game for up to 8 people, planned for release on Steam Early Access later this summer. As a blacksmith gladiator you must experiment with crazy weapon builds and engage in creative, freestyle fighting to battle your friends in multiplayer combat. Unlock more items over the course of the game to build ever more ridiculous weapons in a frantic bid to annihilate your foes - or friends?
  • Kaze and the Wild Masks. Windows Demo.
    In Kaze and the Wild Masks, you journey through the Crystal Islands in 90’s classics platformer style. Play as Kaze and save your friend Hogo from a curse that spread chaos around the islands. Face enraged living vegetables by invoking the powers of the Wild Masks. Pounce ferociously like a tiger, soar through the sky like an eagle, sprint fiercely like a lizard and rule the sea like a shark.
  • Monster Crown. Windows Demo.
    Unravel Crown Island’s dark, cruel story as you create your own monster legacy. With a history of sadistic rulers and heroic saviors, the island faces another threat in the form of a malicious young woman seeking power. It’s up to you and the monsters you make pacts with to prevent the return of tyranny. Will your decisions make you a savior, or a dark messiah?
  • Truck Driver. Windows Demo.
    When you inherit a truck from your father, you take a chance and move to a new city. Here, it’s up to you to make a name for yourself and earn the respect of the local community. Drive through a seamless open world, work with all kinds of people ranging from a constructor to a lumberjack and honor your father by making it as a Truck Driver!

Hardspace: Shipbreaker Early Access Breaks Out

Early Access is now available on Steam for Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Blackbird Interactive's spaceship salvage simulation. Here's an Early Access Launch Trailer and here's a post with tips on how to get started. Here's a bit:
Equipped with cutting-edge, zero-g, physics-based salvaging tech, you’ll carve up massive vessels — each a puzzle for you to take apart how you choose — for the bounty of materials inside. But watch out: one wrong cut can blow it all up in your face spectacularly!

Hardspace: Shipbreaker arrives in early access with plenty of features to discover, including two classes of spaceship to salvage, multiple upgradable tools and perks, and the first act of the story campaign. Over the course of early access, the team is committed to releasing additional ship classes, missions, game modes, leaderboards, modding support and more with feedback from the community.
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Dead by Daylight Silent Hill Chapter Dawns

The new Silent Hill Chapter is now available for Windows on Steam as well as for consoles, offering new crossover content for Dead by Daylight, the asymmetrical horror game. This requires the original game, and for newcomers they offer the Dead by Daylight - Silent Hill Edition which bundles the game along with this and four other DLC chapters. Here's the Silent Hill Collection Trailer and here's where publisher Konami and developer Behaviour Interactive break their silence on this:
Revealed during  the Dead by Daylight fourth anniversary broadcast on May 26th, the Silent Hill chapter features a new map, Survivor and Killer. Players can look forward to exploring the new map:  Midwich Elementary School  –  a scene of unspeakable horrors.  The Silent Hill chapter also features a new  Survivor: Cheryl Mason, previously known as Heather, who, having freed herself from the religious cult  that had pursued her since birth, now must fight an eternal battle in the Entity’s realm.  Finally,  this chapter features a new Killer: the mythical Pyramid Head, known here as The Executioner, a sadistic and merciless killer fixated on dispensing punishment through pain. Never without his hulking blade in tow, Pyramid Head has stepped into the fog to fulfill his nefarious duty.  
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//HEX Demo

//HEX is a bank hacking game that indie developer Solis Studios describes as the "ultimate bank hacking simulator." This will be released into Early Access on July 31st on Steam where there is now a playable demo for you to hack around with. Here's a Teaser Trailer and here's word:
In //HEX you will have to use your communication skills to bypass internet security measures, and successfully hack into the most secure banks. Play as Hacker –taking direction to disarm each protocol– or play as Control to relay instructions to your partner.

//HEX will be initially released in Early Access including 8 types of hacking puzzles and one type of tracer puzzle with a total of 3 currencies to transfer. As the development of the game advances, 14 different hacking puzzles, 4 different tracer puzzles and 4 different currencies will be added.


  • Use your communication skills to bypass internet security measures
  • Hack into the most secure banks.
  • Choose to take on the role as Hacker or Control.
  • 14 different hacking puzzles.
  • 4 different tracer puzzles
  • 4 different currencies (dollar, euro, pound and crypto).

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Disintegration Released

Disintegration is now available for Windows and consoles, offering a sci-fi first-person shooter with some integrated real-time strategy elements. This comes from V1 Interactive, a studio founded by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto. The PC edition is available on Steam and the previously released Launch Trailer offers a look at what to expect. Here's word from the launch announcement:
Disintegration brings new depth to the FPS genre by adding real time strategy elements over a riveting single-player campaign. The game also features an array of options in multiplayer with the ability to select from nine unique “Crews” to pilot over three frenetic game modes.

Disintegration delivers an entirely new type of gameplay experience by blending real-time tactical elements in a first-person shooter. Set in a world on the brink of disaster, humanity turns to a process known as Integration, in which a human brain is transferred to a robotic armature to survive. A ruthless legion known as the Rayonne emerges and imposes the once optional process of Integration onto the rest of humanity to consolidate their power.

In the single-player campaign, immerse yourself in the story of the outlaw leader, Romer Shoal. Romer narrowly escapes the clutches of the cunning and maniacal Black Shuck, who leads a massive Rayonne faction over what was once North America. Shuck’s ominous, autonomous army scour the continent, hunting and eliminating any remaining traces of humankind. It is up to Romer and his crew to carefully execute intense, guerilla style attacks with the hopes of rescuing and saving the few remaining asylum seekers.
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The Witcher 3 Owners Get Free Copy on announces that if you own a copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on any platform you are now entitled to collected a free copy of the DRM-free version through GOG GALAXY 2.0. Here are details on the offer, which is good for the next week:
We’ve recently finished celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and yet here’s another good reason to be a fan of this cult game from CD PROJEKT RED. If you already own the game on any PC or console platform, you can claim the GOG.COM copy for free with GOG GALAXY 2.0. You can expect even more events like this in the future.

What is GOG GALAXY 2.0?
GOG GALAXY 2.0 is an application that allows gamers to connect external platforms to bring all their games and friends together in one place. This way you can manage and organize all your PC and console games in one library, launch any PC game, keep track of your progress and see your friends’ status, achievements, and game time across all gaming platforms.
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Madden NFL 21 Reveal

We may not know details yet about the next NFL season, but EA SPORTS now offers the Madden NFL 21 Official Reveal Trailer with a first look at their tackle football simulation for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (and Xbox Series X). Here's the description:
Go All Out in Madden NFL 21 with innovative gameplay mechanics that offer advanced levels of control and inspire creativity on both sides of the ball. Feel all-out control with the new Skill Stick ball-carrier system, dominate the edge with fresh pass rush moves, experience more open-field realism with tackle improvements, and have more fun with user-controlled celebrations.
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Generation Zero Expansion FNIX Rising Rises Next Week

Systemic Reaction announces the FNIX Rising expansion for Generation Zero will launch on June 23rd for the Windows edition on Steam with the console version to launch later this summer. Here's a trailer showing what this adds to the first-person action/adventure, and here are some details, including word on an accompanying free update coming to the base game:
FNIX Rising expands the narrative of Generation Zero while revamping the game world and introducing a number of new features and content. Six weeks have passed since the events of Alpine Unrest, and now players will have to grapple with the new landscape and strange structures the machines have built for unknown reasons. FNIX Rising includes 10 main missions with new NPCs, 10 additional side missions, and a new Harvester class. There’s also a new challenge tree, melee weapons, collectibles, and outfits.
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Microprose Announces Two FPS Games

Recently revived publisher Microprose announces two first-person shooter projects coming from developer Drakeling Labs. One is Operation: Harsh Doorstop, a free community project offering a Cold War shooter devoid of micro-transactions, paid downloadable content, or loot box mechanics. This is coming soon to Steam and you can get a look in this Announcement Teaser. The other is Warfare 1944, a World War II shooter that shares a name with a Flash game we featured in 2009. They say game focused on tactical decision-making will debut on Steam on July 7th. Here's a Warfare 1944 Announcement Teaser and here's more on both games:
Warfare 1944
Fight on the frontlines of World War 2 in this stylized tactical shooter. Engage in large open environments with a variety of weapons and equipment during the pinnacle of World War 2. Make smart decisions, and lead your team to victory.

Warfare 1944 focuses on tactical gameplay. Bullets are deadly, one shot can kill. Team communication is essential and Warfare 1944 features robust proximity voice communication which allows you to communicate with your fellow soldiers alongside you.
Wield a wide variety of weapons and equipment while you attempt to survive the chaos of war. Rally your friends to your team, and fight in massive battles across vast open landscapes. Keep your wits, and defeat your enemies. Warfare is unforgiving.
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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday to my better half, as today is MrsBlue's birthday. The celebration will be pretty subdued, as neither of us is that eager to try our luck yet testing the loosening of social distancing restrictions. So there will be no dining out or any such thing. We are pretty low-key about our birthdays in general, so it's not really cramping our style anyway. I guess that's good news, because there's this whole Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition getting underway today, and this may end up running into the evening here on the east coast. Expect a lot of time-limited demos to launch today, even though the logic of everyone launching demos competing for the same limited amount of playing time doesn't seem to have even a little logic to it. Guess my failure to appreciate this shows why I'm not some high-powered marketing maven.

Links Demo
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Thanks Max.



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