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Steam Next Fest Is On Now, Hundreds Of Demos Available - Day #1

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2022 @ 2:20 p.m. PDT

Hundreds of playable demos and oodles* of livestreams are all starting today as Steam Next Fest: October 2022 Edition gets underway!

From now until October 10th at 10am PT, you can get your gaming mitts on as many demos from upcoming games on Steam as you can.  Or maybe "as you want" is more accurate, since technically if you forgo sleeping, eating, and general hygiene, you can probably play a ton (but at what cost?)

Speaking of cost, though, it's worth repeating that these are all FREE. Just make sure you wishlist your favorites to be notified when the game officially launches on Steam.

More cool stuff:

  • New to Steam Next Fest are super cool badges that you can earn by exploring your Discovery Queue.
  • Don't forget the developer-hosted livestreams and chats! The schedule for the week is on the front page, and we're even kicking things off at 11am PT on day 1 with our own official stream.

Some of the demos available:

  • Against the Storm: A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors.
  • Aka: Find inner peace in a small, open-world game. On these carefully handcrafted islands, you can take a nap on a giant monster, feed baby dragons, take care of the fauna and flora... ...but demons from your past might come back to remind you what you want to forget.
  • Alliance of the Sacred Suns: Alliance of the Sacred Suns is a sci-fi grand-strategy RPG that begins with your coronation as the head of an interstellar Empire, and ends with your demise. Manage feuding noble houses and the schemes of would-be usurpers as you try to revive the glory of an Empire on the brink of collapse.
  • Arkanoid Eternal Battle: Discover or re-discover, the emblematic block breaker game in a fully modernized version! Classic elements from the franchise will definitely make a comeback, with a brand-new look, new rules, as well as new effects, bonuses and features!
  • Armed and Armoured: Armed and Armoured is a historical action & strategy RPG.
  • Arto: Breathe color into a desaturated world in this action-RPG. Fight unique enemies and bosses in a quest to bring life back to your world. Explore different biomes in ever-changing art styles, with varied mechanics, from hack-and-slash to stealth and platforms!
  • Asterigos: Curse of the Stars: Embark on a journey full of danger in this action RPG, inspired by Greek and Roman mythologies. Explore the breathtaking city of Aphes and forge your way through legions of unique foes and mythical bosses to discover the truth behind the city’s curse.
  • Capital Command: Take the helm of a state-of-the-art warship as you fight epic space battles in a sandbox campaign. Upgrade and customize your ship, master the art of maneuvering, and use a blend of tactical prowess and heavy firepower to overcome deadly threats.
  • Cassette Beasts: Collect awesome monsters to transform into during turn-based battles in the open-world RPG Cassette Beasts. The demo takes you to New Wirral for the very first time, introducing a set of beautifully crafted monsters to combine into new ones with a taste of the game’s ‘80s-inspired vibe and synthy soundtrack.
  • Clash: Artifacts of Chaos: You are Pseudo, a fighter living in the strange land of Zenozoik. Everything changes for you when you take the Boy into your care. Crush your enemies and explore a punk-fantasy setting, never forgetting the sacred rules of the Ritual.
  • Cruise Ship Manager: Manage your own Cruise Ship! Maintain your vessel and sell tickets to the wealthiest of passengers. Issue orders to your crew and keep their morale high. Choose the layout of your ship and the kind of amenities you want to offer. Keep the prices right, passengers satisfied, and your wallet full!
  • Decarnation: Decarnation is a story rich adventure horror game. Solve cryptic puzzles, fight disturbing enemies, explore a phantasmagorical world of dreams and nightmares, and face the most terrifying monsters from the darkest parts of your soul.
  • Drova - Forsaken Kin: Drova is an Action-RPG inspired by grim dark titles of the genre. Dive through a wall of everlasting fog to discover a society grown from the ashes of a dead empire. Rediscover ancient powers, encounter angry spirits and be a witness as history unfolds.
  • Edge Of Collapse: In the dead of winter, an EMP attack destroys the US power grid. For Hannah, however, it’s the best day in 5 years. She was imprisoned in a psycho's basement - explosion releases the lock of her prison. Now she can begin the search for her family while feeling the breath of her abuser on her neck.
  • Elements Destiny: Use the power of the elements and face your destiny. Elements Destiny is a 2D Fantasy RPG with pixelated retro visuals. An emotional story with a deep story, challenging turn based combat and handcrafted artworks. And yes, the soundtrack is massive!
  • Flat Eye: a balanced blend of management simulation and narrative-driven gameplay, as players look after the world’s premier gas and technological hub. This demo introduces the game’s foundational systems, including receiving and completing primary directives, managing your futuristic station and its modules, and interacting with premium customers.
  • Flowstone Saga: a meticulously crafted, 16-bit RPG featuring an intriguing story, a totally unique battle system with a few surprises, gorgeous pixel art, lots of customization, an epic soundtrack ... and even a few mighty frogs.
  • Forever Skies: a first-person action survival game. Return to Earth destroyed by an ecological disaster, fly a high-tech airship, expand, rebuild and repair it. Scavenge resources to survive, face the dangers of the surface as you will hunt for viral pathogens to cure a mysterious illness.
  • Friends vs Friends: an online PvP shooter that combines combat and deck building. The demo will run only for the duration of Steam Next Fest, allowing players a limited opportunity to take to the rooftop as one of five playable characters in chaotic 1v1 or 2v2 online combat.
  • From Space: a solo and co-op action-shooter for squads up to four players. Take on the challenge of liberating the earth from an alien infestation with your friends, using over-the-top weaponry in a post-apocalyptic world with awesomely stylized graphics. The apocalypse has never been so much fun!
  • Galactic Glitch: a Space-Roguelike with fast and physical combat. You fight in bubbles of glitched Spacetime, hurling rocks, bouncing foes off walls and destroying your multi-part enemies piece-by-piece in tough-but-fair, Souls-inspired combat. Explore, destroy, die, repeat.
  • GUN JAM: a fast-paced rhythm FPS where you must shoot to the beat to survive. The new demo, playable only during Next Fest, features two game levels and original music tracks: as Trap, battle your way through the Gun Jam Arena to the trap-hop song “Nitro”; then power through the Sonic Prison as Aero, backed by the EDM track “Don't Look Down.”
  • Hello Neighbor 2: Hello Neighbor 2 is a stealth horror game about digging up your creepy neighbor’s secrets.
  • LEGO Bricktales: In this puzzle-adventure, use an intuitive brick-by-brick building mechanic to solve puzzles and bring your creations to life! Experience a charming story as you explore beautiful LEGO® dioramas and help the people inhabiting them.
  • Manor Lords: Manor Lords is a medieval strategy game featuring in-depth city building, large-scale tactical battles, and complex economic and social simulations. Rule your lands as a medieval lord -- the seasons pass, the weather changes, and cities rise and fall.
  • Master Plan Tycoon: a minimalistic resource management sim that challenges players to build the largest logistics system possible.
  • Offroad Mechanic Simulator: Service off-road vehicles and take them for a drive! Offroad Mechanic Simulator lets you modify many classic off-road vehicles and prepare them for daunting tasks that no normal car could ever hope to complete. Test your work and climb steep cliffs or drive through rivers and deep layers of mud.
  • OTXO: Enter an inexplicable, abstract mansion to rescue a loved one in this fast-paced, brutal, and dark roguelite filled with precise but savage gunplay and time-bending slow motion. Face your inner demons and unveil the secrets of the Mansion.
  • Paper Cut Mansion: In this papercraft roguelite, explore a mysterious mansion floor by floor. Solve puzzles, battle enemies and complete quests as you unlock new abilities to aid you on each run as you solve the mystery behind the Paper Cut Mansion.
  • PixelJunk Scrappers Deluxe: Clean up the streets of Junktown as a team of robot garbage collectors. Trash your opponents with up to 4 players or go it alone in this beat ‘em up that’s also a clean ‘em up!
  • Plasma: Plasma is an engineering sandbox. Unleash your creativity with fun and intuitive robotics, physics, and visual programming tools.
  • Rhythm Sprout: Sick Beats & Bad Sweets: Fast-paced rhythm action with original music and a wacky story mode.
  • Romancelvania: Bite into Romancelvania, a darkly comic genre mashup, combining side-scrolling action and tongue-in-cheek romance into one completely absurd and unforgettable adventure.
  • Scars Above: Scars Above is a challenging sci-fi third-person action adventure shooter combining the rewarding feel of overcoming difficulty with a compelling and intricate story, set in a mysterious alien world to explore.
  • Skald: Against the Black Priory: a retro-style party-based RPG set in a grim-dark fantasy world of tragic heroes, violent deaths and Lovecraftian horror. Choice matters as you explore an engaging branching story mixed with crunchy tactical, turn-based combat and character customization.
  • Soul Survivors: Prepare your soul for total destruction as you slaughter hordes of enemies throughout the Lands of Chaos. Soul Survivors is a dark fantasy time survival game with minimalistic gameplay and roguelite elements.
  • Storyteller: With Storyteller you are the one writing the stories! Start with a title, characters and settings and create your own twist on stories familiar and new.
  • Stuntfest - World Tour: Dive right into the crazy action circus of Stuntfest -World Tour! This destructive stunt royale is no place for weak bones! Grab your stunt car and battle against other reckless lunatics in nerve-wrecking competitions! Show off your spectacular tricks - race, wreck and bounce with style!
  • Superfuse: a hack-and-slash action RPG with the ability to hyper-tailor your power set based on your playstyle. The game’s new demo allows players to come out swinging as the familiar heavy-hitting Berserker class, or wield the wild powers of the recently revealed Elementalist.
  • Tails: The Backbone Preludes: a post-noir narrative adventure with branching choices set in the rich world of Backbone. The demo features the entire first act of Tails, with scenes from each of the four characters’ stories and their diverging narratives. Explore themes of growth and change, power, friendships and relationships, morality and ethics, and more.
  • Terror: Endless Night: Set out on a rescue mission into the harsh cold of the Arctic Ocean in search of HMS “Erebus” and HMS “Terror" in this turn-based strategy game. What will YOU do when harsh weather and limited supplies force you into impossible decisions?
  • Thirsty Suitors: Can Jala learn to love herself and heal the wounds of her past? Thirsty Suitors is a stylish, story-driven adventure that unfolds through turn-based battles, skateboarding, and cooking.
  • The Foretold: Westmark Legacy: Fight to investigate another day in this gothic horror adventure card game. Equip items and relics. Buy cards and use them wisely to survive what lurks in the darkest corners of town. Take a short and mind-bending dive into the unknown with a cozy horror atmosphere.
  • The Last Shot: An adventurous engineer, a diesel-punk world divided by endless conflict, and a whole lot of colossal guns. Sounds like a good time! With massive war machines threatening your home, will you be the one small cog that brings it all to a halt?
  • UNDECEMBER: UNDECEMBER is a Hack & Slash Action RPG in which players are able to surpass the conventional limits of skills by endlessly combining variety of Skill and Link Runes.
  • VICE NDRCVR: an upcoming interactive thriller, set in the secretive and deadly world of Miami’s drug cartels from the 1980s.
  • Wanderlost: Survive then thrive in a zombie-infested world. Gather materials, craft diverse weapons and tools, build and fortify a shelter, explore a massive world filled with the secrets of a dead civilization and whatever you do: stay clear of the…
  • Wavetale: Surf the waters of a submerged city! Unravel the past, save the islanders from mysterious sea monsters and discover secrets hidden under the surface.
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