XBOX owners can now enjoy more than 70 brand new games completely free for charge.
Microsoft is hosting a virtual event called the Xbox Summer Game Fest, to showcase upcoming titles.
Usually, summer is filled with real-world gaming events where players can go hands-on with new games.
But the global health crisis means many events were cancelled – leaving gamers with nothing but twitching thumbs.
As compensation, Microsoft is releasing more than 70 brand new game demos for free.
You’ll be able to play the demos between July 21 and 27, after which point they’ll vanish.
To find them, look for the special Game Fest Demo tile on your Xbox One Dashboard.
Microsoft says many of these games are still very early in development, so expect some bugs.
“Typically, the demos you see in our Demo channel are created after the game is completed (or nearly completed) and represent the final version,” said Xbox’s Glenn Gregory.
“Many of these demos are early, and some are for games that won’t be out for quite some time.
“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.”
The demos will only be available on the Xbox Dashboard for a week, after which they’ll disappear completely.
Here’s the full list of games, along with the names of their developers:
- 9 Monkeys of Shaolin (Sobaka Studio)
- A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher (Ask An Enemy Studios)
- Alchemist Adventure (Bad Minions)
- Aniquilation (R-Next)
- Antipole DX (Saturnine Games)
- Armed and Gelatinous (Three Flip Studios)
- Ars Fabulae (Punk Notion)
- Back to Belt (Mauricio Felippe)
- Bite the Bullet (Mega Cat Studios)
- Book of Adventum (Dark Amber Softworks)
- Cake Bash (High Tea Frog)
- Chickens Madness (Vikong)
- Clea (InvertMouse)
- Cris Tales (Dreams Uncorporated, SYCK)
- Curved Space (Only By Midnight Ltd.)
- Dandy Ace (Mad Mimic)
- Darkestville Castle (Epic Llama)
- Deleveled (ToasterFuel)
- Destroy All Humans! (Black Forest Games)
- Doodle God: Crime City Demo (JoyBits, Inc)
- Dungeon and Gravestone (Wonderland Kazakiri inc.)
- Dungeon Scavenger Inferno (Vidama Software)
- Ephemeral Tale (Dawdling Dog, ltd.)
- Flowing Lights (gFaUmNe)
- Fractal Space (Haze Games)
- Freshly Frosted (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild)
- Galacide (Puny Human)
- Gauntlet Force: Rise of the Machines Demo (Forge Studios)
- Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den)
- Haven (The Game Bakers)
- Helheim Hassle (Perfectly Paranormal)
- Hellpoint (Cradle Games)
- In the Valley of Death (stdio.gypsy)
- Kaze and the Wild Masks (PixelHive)
- Klang 2 (Tinimations)
- Knight Squad 2 (Chainsawesome Games)
- Kova: AlphaLink (Black Hive Media)
- KungFu Kickball (WhaleFood Games)
- Long Ago: A Puzzle Tale (GrimTalin)
- Lost Wing (BoxFrog Games)
- Mars Power Industries Deluxe (7A Games)
- Mayhem Brawler (Hero Concept)
- Momentus (Swerve Studios)
- Nine Witches: Family Disruption (Indiesruption)
- OkunoKA Madness (Caracal Games)
- PHOGS! (Bit Loom)
- Pixel Skater (Chickopie Games)
- Ponpu (Purple Tree Studio)
- Projection: First Light (Shadowplay Studios)
- Raji: An Ancient Epic (Nodding Heads Games)
- Re:Turn – One Way Trip (Red Ego Games)
- Road to Guangdong (Just Add Oil)
- Rover Wars: Battle for mars Demo (Sakari Games)
- Sail Forth (David Evans Games)
- ScourgeBringer (Flying Oak Games)
- Seasons of the Samurai (TopView Studio)
- SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games)
- Skycadia (Studio Nisse LLC)
- Solaroids: Prologue (DynF/X Digital)
- Space Otter Charlie (Wayward Distractions)
- Swim Out (Lozange Lab)
- Swimsanity! (Decoy Games, LLC)
- Tesla Force (10tons Ltd.)
- The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines (tinyDino)
- The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav (Daedalic Entertainment)
- The Dark Eye: Memoria (Daedalic Entertainment)
- The Last Cube (Improx Games)
- The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Falling Squirrel Inc.)
- Tribble Troubles Demo (Scary Robot)
- Unspottable (GrosChevaux Ltd)
- WarriOrb (Not Yet)
- Welcome to Elk (Triple Topping)
- YesterMorrow (BitMap Galaxy)
Some of the games available during the Game Fest week are likely to be available on the upcoming Xbox Series X too, when they eventually release
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