Valve didn’t wait long to hold its second Steam Next Fest. The Vergereports the games extravaganza (formerly the Steam Game Festival) is now slated to take place October 1st through October 7th. You’ll see a range of upcoming games, including livestreams and chats, but the highlight may be the demos. Most notably, IGNsays you’ll get to try No Man’s Sky creator Hello Games’ Steam release of The Last Campfire.
Other game demos will include Ludomotion’s Unexplored 2, The Artistocrats’ Starship Troopers — Terran Command and Andrew Shouldice’s action adventure Tunic.
Steam Next Fest, like Summer Game Fest and other virtual events, is a substitute for real-world gaming conferences and expos that can’t happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This gives independent creators an opportunity to promote and refine games that might otherwise get little attention compared to blockbuster titles. It also helps Valve, of course — you may be more likely to buy these games and otherwise view Steam as a go-to source for indie releases.