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Steam Next Fest returns on February 21

The latest Steam Next Fest is set for late February. Here's what you should know.
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Steam has announced the return of Steam Next Fest, the online game festival that spotlights new and fresh games from across the indie development scene. The February 2022 edition of the show will take place from February 21 to February 28, and promises looks at hundreds of upcoming titles, as well as developer livestreams, store highlights and more.

If you’re looking for games to get excited about, Next Fest is the place to discover hidden gems, dive into exclusive demos and check out what’s hot in the year ahead.

Steam has already announced a handful of games for the show, but there’ll be plenty more news to come over the next week.

Every game confirmed for Steam Next Fest so far

In the announcement trailer, Steam showed off a number of indie games set to be showcased during February’s Next Fest. So far, the following titles are confirmed to make an appearance:

  • Neodash, a high-speed neon racing title
  • 8-Bit Adventures 2, a turn-based pixel homage to classic RPGs
  • Occupy Mars: The Game, a survival sandbox game where players conquer Mars
  • Oaken, a mythical, nature-based rougelike
  • Hamster Playgrounds, which appears to be a hamster racing simulator
  • Dashpong, a modern take on pong
  • Mago, a retro 2D platformer starring a sorcerer
  • Fist of the Forgotten, a minimalist fighting platformer
  • Abriss, a ‘physics-destruction’ building game
  • BlasterBeat, a third person shooter / rhythm game
  • Hero’s Hour, a strategy RPG and city builder
  • Elsie, a rougelike indie platformer with perma-death
  • Kick Bastards, a parkour game where you kick a lot

No specific Australian-made games have been confirmed for the show yet, but given there are plenty of titles set to launch in the next year and beyond, we can certainly expect a handful of Aussie game demos to be floating around. Stay tuned for a full list of all the best demos when the event goes live later in February.

You’ll be able to explore to your heart’s content when the Steam Next Fest page goes live on the Steam Store. Alongside new game demos, the event is also expect to bring steep discounts for a range of indie titles.

Steam Next Fest February 2022 is set to launch online from 21 February, and will run until 28 February.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.