From the growing old musical acts to the partnership offers with Earth-ruining capitalist empires, there’s rather a lot to tease about Summer Game Fest. One factor that’s unironically cool? The demo occasion, which permits Xbox gamers to play a ton of indie video games free of charge. Following last year’s successful inaugural run, it’ll return subsequent week. Microsoft introduced the information in a blog post at present.
Last summer season, for those who’ll recall, was awash in splashy press conferences. Without an E3 to coalesce round, it felt like publishers massive and small hosted occasions on a weekly foundation for months. It was…rather a lot. So, between the hubbub, it was beautiful to take a breather with an occasion that not simply shone the highlight on smaller titles but additionally provided gamers the chance to play them, too. And loads of these video games had been genuinely terrific. Of the greater than 70 made available, some—Haven, Cake Bash, Raji: An Ancient Epic, Genesis Noir—have earned marks as true standouts from the previous yr.
Blessedly, this yr’s occasion will function 40 video games. (As nice as 70 is, every week’s simply not sufficient time to play all of them.) Xbox hasn’t unveiled the complete checklist simply but, however did tease 5 at present:
- Sable, an open-world exploration recreation soundtracked by Michelle Zauner (whom chances are you’ll know as Japanese Breakfast).
- The Riftbreaker, a sci-fi base-building recreation about big mechs, planned for a fall launch.
- Lake, a story-driven journey recreation set in 1986 in an oceanside, wait, no, lakeside village.
- Echo Generation, a turn-based journey recreation with some scrumptious voxel artwork.
- Tunic, which…tiny fox. That’s all you’ll want to know.
If this yr’s occasion is something like final yr’s, it’ll be nicely price carving out a spot in your schedule. Yes, sure, I do know we’re all pumped concerning the Halos and Elden Rings. But this lighter fare tends to supply a mellower, typically pensive countermeasure to the cortisol-raising spectacle you see with larger publishers.
The Summer Game Fest Demo Event—that actually doesn’t roll off the tongue, huh—will run from June 15 by means of June 21. Stay tuned for the complete checklist of video games, and for ideas about which of them are most price your time.