While Steam’s Next Fest is in the rearview mirror, the summer of indie demos is far from over. Courtesy of Xbox Wire, we now have a peek at the lineup for Microsoft’s ID@Xbox Demo Fest. Some of the participating games have had prior exposure on other platforms, but those who own an Xbox console will now have a chance to give them a try. Like Next Fest, ID@Xbox Demo Fest will only be available for one week, including demos for five games revealed today, with even more games to try out when the event begins on Monday.
Horror-infused Demonschool from Necrosoft Games and Ysbryd Games interrupts summer break to teach a lesson in its brand of higher education. Because its Steam demo was spirited away with the end of Next Fest, next week will be a second chance to try Demoschool. No official release date has been announced, but the developers are targeting a launch sometime in 2023 on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC.
Sea of Stars, the RPG follow-up from The Messenger developer Sabotage Studio, gets its first playable demo on Xbox. The wait for the full version won’t be long, as its impending release on August 29 is just around the corner for PlayStation, Switch, and PC, and will launch on Xbox Game Pass day one. If you can’t wait to try Sea of Stars, demos are available right now on Steam and Switch.
Build a sustainable city on the back of a colossal beast in Stray Fawn Studio’s The Wandering Village. Though it’s been available through Steam Early Access for almost a year, its playable debut on Xbox consoles through Demo Fest hits a week before its Game Pass release on July 20.
Noname and Coatsink’s colorful Worldless is an otherworldly experience mixing turn-based combat with Castlevania-esque platforming and exploration. If you can’t wait to play on Xbox, a demo is available through Steam right now. Either way, these demos are the only way to get your hand on Worldless for the time being, because unfortunately, no release date information has been divulged.
An outlier to the revealed participants is Lies of P from NEOWIZ, which already has an existing demo from its recent showing at Summer Game Fest. This (somehow) more grim retelling of Pinocchio through the lens of a Bloodborne-inspired action game is slated for release on September 19 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. You can download the SGF demo on those same platforms right now.
Along with the limited timeframe of the event, Xbox points out that Demo Fest experiences are from in-production games. Everything you play from the selected titles represent a work in progress and may change in the final version. Check out these promising indie games and more when ID@Xbox Demo Fest runs from July 11 through July 17.
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