Today, as part of the Summer Game Fest, Geoff Keighley has announced a new event. The Summer Game Fest demo event will be live on Xbox starting on July 21 through July 27. During that week, more than 60 brand new game demos for upcoming independent games will be available to try for free. Some of the games available to try include Cris Tales, Destroy All Humans!, Haven, Hellpoint, Skatebird, The Vale: Shadow of the Crown, Raji: An Ancient Epic, and Welcome to Elk.
Really excited to have a console platform also offering #SummerGameFest demos — thanks to the @xbox team and @xboxp3 for supporting this initiative. We started last year with The Game Festival around @thegameawards on Steam, and always wanted it as cross-platform as possible.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) July 1, 2020
Microsoft made it clear that “these are not normal “game demos.” Many of these demos are early, and some are for games that won’t be out for quite some time.” This means that what you’ll play won’t necessarily be what the game will be like when it is finally released. The games will continue to evolve and be polished. “In other words, think of these as akin to “show floor demos” and not necessarily indicative of the final product,” Microsoft said. Microsoft also made it clear that these games will only be available for the week. Some might get republished, but the majority of the 75-100 games that will be available to try will be gone until they officially released.
Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present and watch as your choices dynamically change the future – all on one screen as you play.
Destroy All Humans! lets you terrorize the people of 1950’s Earth in the role of the evil alien Crypto-137. Players will get to use an assortment of alien weaponry and psychic abilities in the remake of the legendary alien invasion action-adventure.
Haven will have players share the journey of two lovers escaped to a lost planet in a desperate attempt to stay together. The demo will give players a glimpse at the beginning of Yu and Kay’s adventure.
Hellpoint is an intense action RPG that takes place on a derelict space station where players will fight dreadful creatures, face the Cosmic Gods and unravel their twisted story.
Skatebird lets you grind on bendy straws, kick-flip over staples, and carve killer lines through cardboard and sticky tape parks, all as a bird.
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown is an audio-based, action-adventure game that unlocks the full potential of 3D spatial sound. The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike.
Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action-adventure game set in ancient India. Players will play as Raji who has been chosen to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. In order to save everyone, she’ll have to rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalsura.
Welcome to Elk is a biographical adventure set on an island like no other, where every chapter you encounter has a story to tell. From the weird and wonderful to the dark and desperate, all the tales told on Elk are based on true stories of life on the road less traveled.
Also during the week of the Summer Game Fest demo event will be the next big Xbox digital event. The next event will be Xbox Game Studios reveal event where some of Xbox’s First-Party studios will show a look at their games. During this event, it appears that we’ll get the first look at Halo Infinite which launches with Xbox Series X later this year.