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Spooky October Month Comes With Latest Steam Next Fest

From October 9th 2023 to October 16th 2023, starting at 10:00 AM PT, Valve is holding the latest Steam Next Fest on their major video game distribution platform Steam. Steam Next Fests are multiple-day celebrations of upcoming games where players can browse the store page for untold numbers of new demos, watch dozens of livestreams, and chat with developers about their games.

Steam Next Fest store page

It’s a great opportunity for small and mid-sized developers to get some spotlight onto their games. Refer to the Steamworks Documentation for technical information.


Play Demos: Hover over any game and you'll immediately find a button to install the playable demo. Try one! Or try a dozen!

Watch Livestreams: At the top of the festival page you'll find a schedule of livestreams. In most cases, the dev teams themselves will be playing their game and answering your questions. Click on the chat icon immediately below the livestream to open the chat window and join the conversation.

Wishlist Your Favorites: Find a game you want to hear about when it launches? Hover over any game and click the star icon in the upper-right corner to add it to your wishlist. You'll receive a spiffy email notification when that game releases.

There will be demos for all players to try, many of them from visual novels. In the dedicated “Visual Novel” category alone you will find 99 games with the following tags:

  • 63x Visual Novels,
  • 27x Interactive Fiction,
  • 17x Dating-Sims,
  • 9x Point & Click Games,
  • 7x Life Sims,
  • 6x Puzzle Games,
  • 4x Arcade,
  • 4x Word Games,
  • 3x JRPGs,
  • 3x Walking Sims,
  • 2x Card Games,
  • 2x Party-Based RPGs,
  • 1x Platformer,
  • 1x Tower Defense,
  • 1x Roguelike,
  • 1x Rhythm
  • 1x Beat ’em up.

Among the ten most wishlisted upcoming games you will find the following titles:

TitleCategoriesRelease DateDeveloper & Publisher
Love is All AroundSingleplayer, Visual Novel, FMV, Choices Matter, Interactive FictionComing SoonIntiny
A Date with DeathVisual Novel, Dating Sim, Romance, Otome, LGBTQ+Q4 2023Two and a Half Studios
Manitas KitchenAdventure, Casual, Action, Visual Novel, ArcadeQ4 2023Little Arrow Games, Entalto Publ.
Love N Life: Lucky TeacherSexual Content, Nudity, Mature, Dating Sim, HentaiNov 16. 2023Simp Games, Reborn Entertainment
Windy Meadow – A Roadwarden TaleAdventure, Interactive Fictiion, Visual Novel, Pixel Graphics, Old SchoolOct 16. 2023Moral Anxiety Studio, Assemble Entertainment
Royal OrderSimulation, RPG, Visual Novel, Dating Sim, Time ManagementComing SoonNifty Visuals, Nifty Productions
High Elo GirlsChoices Matter, Story Rich, Female Protagonist, LGBTQ+, Choose Your Own AdventureApr 30. 2024Split Fate Studios
Made MarionOtome, Romance, Visual Novel, Fantasy, MedievalNov 2023Velvet Cupcake Games
Good BonesStory Rich, Choices Matter, Point & Click, Mystery, Female ProtagonistOct 20. 2023

Early Access
Dread WeightCute, Psychological Horror, Horror, Dating Sim, AnimeComing SoonDeer Dream Studios
Already excited to check out the event? Please try out demos to your heart’s content! We will also indulge in the fun as well!

Comment below which games you tried! Happy Steam Next Fest!

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