In a new twist for Valve, their gaming service Steam has partnered with several Indie Developers like inXile Entertainment to create the first ever Indie Publishers weekend. While most publisher weekends focus on one publisher, this one is a bit different. Instead, this weekend focuses on a specific theme and highlights several indie developers who have created games around this theme. This weekend’s theme features games that were inspired by classic gaming titles of days gone by.
Here are a few of the titles you can find at huge discounts this weekend:
- Torment: Tides of Numenera – $17.99 (60% off)
- Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition – $13.59 (66% off)
- Shadowrun: Hong Kong – $3.99 (80% off)
- Xenonauts – $6.24 (75% off)
- Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut – $19.99 (50% off)
- Age of Wonders III – $7.49 (75% off)
- Yooka-Laylee – $19.99 (50% off)
All in all, this is a quality collection of games that feature some of the most popular genres of the past and today as well, including RPGs, strategy games, and even a platformer. If you long for classic games, then this is a way for you to relive your past while playing a modern game, and you can do it for a fraction of the cost.
Of course, the list above aren’t the only titles that are available. For a complete list of what’s on sale this weekend, click here. There are tons of great titles for sale that will keep you busy for hours on end.
What’s really nice about this weekend is that if it is a success, we could see more special theme focused themes coming and even more focus on indie developers. Despite the popularity of Steam, it has come under fire in recent years surrounding the success of indie games, no matter how good they are. According to Steam Spy, indie developers are continuing to have a tougher time earning a profit using the service.
Of course, while it may be getting more difficult for indie developers, that doesn’t mean that Valve is ignoring them. The fact is that competition is tougher than even as Steam soars to new heights of popularity. Today it is one of the best places to find great games at affordable prices, and there are more and more games being released on the service. This means that it’s hard to get noticed, and it could lead to problems for some indie developers that are just starting and haven’t earned a reputation in the gaming world.
Still, with this new weekend, it’s great to see Valve give indie developers a little more love, and hopefully we will see the Steam service continue to offer special themed weekends such as this one to give indie developers a chance to shine and show the gaming world what they can do.
Will you be paying Steam a visit this weekend and trying one of these great indie games? If so, which one do you hope to pick up for your collection? Let me know in the comments below.
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