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The Game Awards Festival returns with a new selection of free demos

The Game Awards Festival returns for a second year and features more than dozen limited-time free game demos.

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The Game Awards Festival returns for a second year and features more than dozen limited-time free game demos.

Are you ready for The Game Awards on Thursday? We’re not sure we are quite prepared for three gruelling hours of advertising in exchange for a Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War remake trailer*, but we’re stocking up on gamer energy drinks to make sure we cover every second.

One adjacent event worth some attention is the return of The Game Awards Festival. This year’s digital event highlights more than a dozen in-development games, all of which have free limited-time demos playable across Steam, Xbox and GeForce NOW.

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This year’s highlights include Little Nightmares 2, the follow-up to Tarsier Studios’ spooky 2017 game that has lingered long in our memory, and Cococucumber’s turn-based childhood adventure RPG, Echo Generation. We also keen to try Devolver-published action-adventure game Olija and Alex Goodwin’s Selfloss.

Here’s the first crop of demos, along with their platform availability. More titles will be added to the lineup during The Game Awards tomorrow.

The Game Awards Festival 2020 demos

  • Ami – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Anno – Steam
  • A Juggler’s Tale – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Disc Room – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Echo Generation – Steam, Xbox
  • Graven – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Guinea Pig Parlor – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Little Nightmares 2 – Steam
  • Olija – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Selfloss – Steam, GeForce NOW
  • Song Of Iron – Steam, Xbox, GeForce NOW

Speaking about the festival – and in particular, the support of GeForce Now – gaming uncle Geoff Keighley says:

“Now you don’t have to worry about download times on Steam demos thanks to GeForce NOW. We’re excited to partner with Nvidia to help make these game demos more accessible to more people.”

Thanks, Geoff.

The Game Awards 2020 will be broadcast on Thursday, December 10 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. Along with the awards, there will be 15 world premier game announcements, plus appearances from a host of celebrities. Among the names confirmed so far are Eddie Vedder, Brie Larson, Christopher Nolan, Gal Gadot, JackSepticEye, John David Washington, Keanu Reeves, Nolan North, Reggie Fils-Aime, Tom Holland, and Troy Baker.

If you don’t have three hours to spare, check in on Thumbsticks after the event for a full roundup of the winners and announcements.

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