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Steam Upcoming Tab Improved

The Steam Blog announces ways Valve is attempting to make the "Upcoming" tab on Steam more relevant to the interests of each individual gamer by tailoring the list of upcoming games to some of the preferences demonstrated along the way. They also acknowledge that hiding some games to aid discovery is not going to work for everyone, so they are retaining the ability to see an unfilterered list of all future Steam releases. Here's more on what they are doing and why:

Today we are rolling out a bunch of improvements in how we show you upcoming games on Steam.

In the past, the Steam homepage included an Upcoming tab that showed customers a complete list of everything that was coming to Steam. This was a pretty simple feature -- it was literally just a chronological list of upcoming titles. It didn't do anything to build a list of games suited to anyone's interests and just wasn't doing its job. Hundreds of new games are coming to Steam every month, but customers weren't using this list to find new things to play. It was a feature that needed work.

Therefore, as of today the Upcoming tab will be a smarter, more tailored list called Popular Upcoming. This list will take into account the pre-release interest in a game -- that is to say, data we gather through wishlists, pre-purchase, and a developer's or publisher's past titles. We believe Steam does a good job of taking early customer interest (even if that interest isn't enormous) and helps a game amplify that interest through connection to quality customers. This smarter list on the front page aims to do just that.

Furthermore, when you click on "see more Upcoming Releases" at the bottom of that tab you'll be taken to a dedicated Upcoming Releases page. This page will make suggestions based on your unique interests and show you what's coming to Steam in a much more digestible format.

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