The Game Awards is traditionally one of the biggest events of the year for gaming news and reveals, coming in the second half of the year well after the likes of E3 has closed its doors. Last year, The Game Awards brought several indie game developers on board to release free demos of their games on platforms such as the Microsoft Store and Steam, and two new leaks indicate that this initiative will return next month.
The Game Awards was established in 2014 by video game journalist and television presenter Geoff Keighley. The show is an awards ceremony sponsored by companies inside and outside of the video game industry and has gone on to become one of the biggest awards shows around the world, and is held annually in the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Last year, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the games industry, Keighley started Summer Game Fest, a digital event held in absense of shows such as E3.
Last June, Keighley teamed up with [email protected] to release 40 demos of upcoming independent titles coming to Xbox and PC platforms, as he had done during summer of 2020 and during last year's The Game Awards ceremony. It appears this [email protected] demo festival is set to return this year, as the Microsoft Store has leaked demos for two upcoming Xbox titles, both of which are tagged "TGA21" for "The Game Awards 2021." The first of these titles is Nobody Saves the World, the dungeon-crawling RPG currently in development at Guacamelee and Severed developer Drinkbox Studios. This game was first announced earlier this year during an [email protected] showcase.
The second title is one that followers of Xbox Game Pass will be familiar with, Mind Scanners. This game has been compared to Papers, Please, and features players assuming the role of a scientist in a cyberpunk world, scanning the brains of patients and treating their illnesses through simulation gameplay. While it launched on PC earlier this year, this game has been confirmed to join Xbox Game Pass next month as a day 1 title for its console launch. Therefore, it seems the demo for this title will launch near simultaniously with its launch into Xbox Game Pass.
According to the Microsoft Store, both of these demos are slated to release on December 3rd 2021, well over one week before The Game Awards 2021 is set to take place, so an official announcement of this demo event seems to be imminent.
The Game Awards will take place on December 9th 2021.
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