Summer Game Fest Demo Event Features 70+ Unreleased Xbox Game Demos

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As part of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest, Microsoft is running a special event this week, the Summer Games Fest Demo Event. The event runs from July 21 to July 27, and features over 70 demos of upcoming Xbox games.

Unlike most game demos, these demos are pulled from unreleased, and in many cases, unfinished games, and will only be available this week.

Demos include indie JRPG Cris Tales, action-RPG Hellpoint, the Destroy All Humans remaster, and Raji, an action-adventure game set in ancient India.

“Many of these demos are early, and some are for games that won’t be out for quite some time,” writes Glenn Gregory, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Xbox. “We’ve never done this before; 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. In other words, think of these as akin to ‘show floor demos’ and not necessarily indicative of the final product.”

Developers are encouraging users to provide feedback via social media and official game websites. A full list of all free demos can be found in the press release linked above. The Summer Games Fest Demo Event ends July 27.

In related news, the Xbox Games Showcase will air on July 23rd at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

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Conquer COVID-19 Charity Humble Bundle Includes Over 40 Games

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Digital game store and publisher Humble has been providing charity-supported indie bundles for the last decade. You better believe they’ve whipped up an impressive Humble Bundle for the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Conquer COVID-19 Bundle is available for one week only, featuring over 40 games and 20 ebooks. The sum total lands just over $1000, but you can get the entire bundle for $30. Best of all, 100% of the sales go to the following charities: Direct Relief, International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, and Partners In Health.

Each charity is directly responding to the pandemic and providing relief efforts, such as delivering personal protective gear to healthcare workers.

Here are the total list of games included in the bundle:

  • Into The Breach
  • Undertale
  • Hollow Knight
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • The Witness
  • Superhot
  • Tilt Brush
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
  • Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • This is the Police
  • Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
  • Party Hard
  • Worms Revolution
  • Europa Universalis 4
  • Tropico 4
  • GNOG
  • Broken Age
  • Brutal Legend
  • Psychonauts
  • Broken Age (+ the Double Fine Adventure documentary)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
  • Pikuniku
  • World of Goo
  • Super Hexagon
  • VVVVVV
  • Hacknet
  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • A Godo Snowman Is Hard to Build
  • Magicka
  • Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Ducati – 90th Anniversary
  • Speed Brawl
  • Hiveswap: act 1
  • Alien Spidy
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
  • LostWinds
  • Zombotron

All game codes are for PC and redeemed via Steam. The bundle also includes a number of digital books, audio books, and graphic novels, including Saga and Red Sonja.

Unlike previous bundles, the Conquer COVID-19 bundle doesn’t include different price tiers. However, consumers are free to pay more than the $30 minimum if they wish to donate more to charity.

After only a single day, the bundle has already raised over $1 million dollars for charity. The Conquer COVID-19 Bundle ends April 7.

Indie Publisher Crytivo Offers Rainy Day 30% Discount

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Crytivo, publisher of indie games such as The Universim, is hosting a 30% store-wide sale “for the forseeable future.” The sale is part of a campaign to raise awareness for the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes health and wellness tips, such as washing hands, avoiding close contact, and leaving facemasks for healthcare workers and those who are ill.

Every game on the Crytivo website is part of the sale, including The Unviersim, Prehistoric Kingdom, and Farm Folks. The publisher is eating all of the sales costs and won’t affect the developers’ share of the revenue.

“We decided to step in and try and make our fans’ days a little better with all of the bad news going around nowadays,” said Alex Koshelkov, founder and CEO, Crytivo. “Due to the increasing severity of the coronavirus outbreak, we also wanted to help spread some useful information on how to best protect yourself and others during this time. We are publishing this info across all of our social media channels. Stay safe out there!”

Earlier this year, Crytivo ran another global awareness campaign focused on helping the Australian wildfires. They pledged to donate 100% of their revenue from their store and 30% from Steam sales to Australian relief.

Nintendo eShop Sale: Up to 40% off Best-Selling Indie Games

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What’s the perfect follow-up to unwrapping a shiny new console for the holidays? A digital game sale! The Nintendo eShop is hosting an indie game sale on the best-selling indie games of 2019. From now through December 28, save up to 40% on some of the best indie games of the last several years.

Here’s a list of all the games on the indie sale:

  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition $13.99
  • Cuphead $13.99
  • Slay the Spire $19.99
  • Baba Is You $12.00
  • Unravel Two $4.99
  • My Friend Pedro $13.99
  • Terraria $20.99
  • Downwell $1.49
  • Torchlight 2 $11.99
  • Blasphemous $19.99
  • Castle Crashers: Remastered $8.99
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech $17.49

We would strongly recommend Ori and the Blind Forest for fans of 2D action-platforming, Slay the Spire as a rogue-like deckbuilding card game, and SteamWorld Quest for a more story-based RPG deckbuilding card game.

The indie game sale isn’t the only sale currently running on the eShop. Just about everything except first-party Nintendo games are discounted.

Capcom games such as Phoenix Wright, Resident Evil, and the Mega Man games, are up to 75% off. Bandai Namco is also hosting a 75% off sale on the eShop, with games like Doraemon Story of Seasons and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. You can also find discounts on Overcooked and Yooka-Laylee (Team17 publisher sale), Mario + Rabbids and Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft sale), and Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest RPGs on the Square Enix sale.

Each publisher sale runs for a different length of time. Check out the Sales and Deals page on the eShop for more details.