With the Game Awards just around the corner, Xbox will be starting the week off with the ID@Xbox Winter Game Fest! From the 7th up to the 21st of December, over 35 playable demos for upcoming unreleased Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games will be available for players. Some will also be available for PC players so do check it out!
If you were wondering, ID@Xbox is an initiative that helps independent developers get their games on Xbox. The Winter Game Fest is a great way to find out what new exciting games are currently being made for the future! Kind of like a little Stark Expo for indie games coming out on Xbox.
ID@Xbox has kindly teased some games that are going to be shown on the 7th and here’s what they have:
A rogue-like, dungeon crawling game that combines real time hack and slash combat with the spatial block-shifting puzzle close to what Tetris is. The trailer for it looks intense, with all the puzzles and combat you can do in game.
An isometric adventure game set in what looks to be a post-apocalyptic world where some form of cosmic horrors are encountered by you, some punk with a shotgun.
A first-person action adventure set as a retelling of the Baba Yaga’s origin story. The world is set in a grim Slavic folk story setting that evolves with respect to your choices in game.
The Tale of Bistun
An action-adventure game inspired by a 12th Century tragic poem “Khosrow and Shirin”. The Tale of Bistun sees you play as an amnesiac stone carver who must battle through mythical enemies to discover his past.
Nobody Saves the World
From the developers behind Guacamelee, Nobody Saves the World is an action rpg in which you play a myriad of different character forms, each with their own unique abilities and gameplay mechanics. This solo or co-op dungeon fighter looks like a blast and I’m hoping we get to see more soon.
All of these Xbox games and more will be available on Tuesday next week but since these demos are part of the Winter Game Fest, they’ll only be available for a limited time. Some will be re-published to the Xbox Demo Channel at some point while some will be gone after the 21st of December.
“Many of these demos are early, and some are for games that won’t be out for quite some time,” said Jessica Ronnell, community management lead for ID@Xbox. “Think of these as akin to ‘show floor demos,’ and not necessarily indicative of the final product. What that means is that you’ll get to experience these games early — some way early — which is awesome, but you should also note that these games will continue to evolve and be polished as they near release.”
That’s okay, though, the developers behind these games are open to community feedback and suggestions and you can hit them up on social media if you have something you’d like to say about their work.