The Steam Game Festival was launched with time-limited demos for 13 upcoming games in December 2019 in concurrence with The Game Awards. The game developer, Geoff Keighley has said on Twitter that the Valve is coming with Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition.
According to Geoff, the game will give us more game demos in October. The Steam Game Festival is a multi-day event that let fans to try out demos, watch a live stream, chat with developers, and get to know about upcoming games on Steam. The Steam Game Festival also offers developers the opportunity to get early feedback from gamers and build an audience for future launch on Steam.
The event is expected to have a different approach than the summer event however, American game developer, Valve Corporation hasn’t revealed any details about the fall festival just yet.
In the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition back in June, Rachel Watts made a try with as many games as possible and found some gems such as Grounded, Röki and Going Under. The Steam Game Festival is an event that runs only for a week but had 900 game demos all at once. In such a short time-frame, the audience will not be able to get through more than a small fraction of the game demos in a useful way. As a result, games that are already popular gets the most of the attention.
It is a great way to discover new and interesting stuff in a week, it isn’t a good approach. The Autumn Edition is officially announced to be from Wednesday, October 7th, 10 AM PST to Tuesday, October 13th, 10 AM PST. The power of the demo will let gamers find new games for once again and developers to get eyes on their games.
A Note on Future Events
The Steam Game Festival has been decided to be a recurring event upon feedbacks from players and developers and two events on tentative dates have been announced for February 2021 and June 2021. Starting from the Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition, the games have to meet certain criteria to be eligible for streaming. This will allow customers to select games in a relevant way. A game can participate in only one of the three events – autumn 2020, February 2021 (tentative) and June 2021 (tentative).
In order to make the festival as useful as possible for gamers, the participating games must have a release date planned within 6 months of the event. If the game faces any issues in releasing within 6 months after the festival, they should plan to postpone to a future event. The game will be still counted as a release when released on Early Access, as players in the Steam community can purchase and play a game in the various pre-release development cycles.
The live developer events and demos at the Stream Game Festival will be a great opportunity for celebrating amazing upcoming games. Game enthusiasts around the world look up towards the event that shines a spotlight on games that are set to be released with the next six months. Gamers can check out upcoming releases and try them out with short playable experiences and limited-time demos.
This will also be a great opportunity for connecting with developers behind the games and add games to your wish list for a reminder upon release.
The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition which didn’t have date-related submission criteria, has offered more than 900 games to stream demos all in a week. It is good to have a bunch of games to play for free, but games who were hoping to try them all or developers aiming to get attention for their game may find it frustrating. The release date requirement criteria in the Autumn Edition will make for a more focused festival experience.
Similar to the previous editions, you can expect plenty of free demos in Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition. The summer edition allowed gamers to watch games being played, listen to developer talks, streams, as well as to interact through live Q&As. The demos of the game can be found on one Stream hub. Each listing takes you to the respective store pages where you can learn about the titles and download the demos.
The first Steam Game Festival that was held alongside The Game Awards in 2019, which was followed by a spring edition in March featuring over 40 demos and the summer edition, held back in June. What Valve envisions with Steam Game Festival is more than just giving Steam users with an opportunity to play a bunch of demos for free. The event also provides a platform for game developers to host gameplay streams and live Q&A sessions. Gamers around the world hope that the virus will be completely contained by October so that they can have a nice way to pass a week.