Steam Next Fest October 2022 Round-Up (Part Two)
Welcome to part two of the GAMERamble Steam Next Fest roundup for October 2022. In part one, we checked out some of dark_cloud’s favorite demos, and now in the final stretch of Next Fest, Mrs. Cloud will share her selection. As mentioned in part one, it is impossible to go through all of the available demos, and narrowing down all the great titles to just ten was not easy either. This means that there are plenty of other great demos that we have no doubt missed, so be sure to browse through Next Fest yourself and see what you can find. In the meantime, here’s Mrs. Cloud’s Steam Next Fest selection in no particular order.
Against the Storm
Developed by Eremite Games & published by Hooded Horse
Against the Storm is a dark fantasy city builder set in a vibrant fantasy world tormented by everlasting rain. Players step into the role of the Scorched Queen’s Viceroy with instructions to set off into the wilds and establish new settlements. Players must also manage these settlements, which will be inhabited by humans, beavers, lizards, and harpies. Unfortunately, the Blightstorm always returns, so the goal is to survive long enough to fulfill the Queen’s demands before the rain destroys everything and the cycle starts again. The core city-builder gameplay of Against the Storm is enhanced by rogue-lite replayability, and the game will feature hundreds of gameplay modifiers and five distinct biomes. Against the Storm is set for release in October of 2022.
Developed & Published by Aegon Games
Lazaret is an atmospheric first-person horror game where players take on the role of a rescue team member called out to investigate a distress signal from a ship. This ship, the MTS Endurance, vanished four years ago on a voyage across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, the rescue operation quickly goes awry, leaving players stranded and alone on the derelict ship. It also appears that there are no signs of life on the ship as instead of the crew, players only find eerie stone statues. Lazaret is played in first person, and players can expect light puzzle elements and an emphasis on atmosphere. However, danger lurks around every corner, and players must run or hide to stay alive. The release date for Lazaret has not been announced yet.
Developed by Acme Gamestudio & published by tinyBuild
Asterigos: Curse of the Stars is an action RPG inspired by Greek and Roman mythologies. The protagonist is Hilda, a brave young warrior from the Northwind Legion. Hilda embarks on a journey to the cursed city of Aphes to save her lost father. Asterigos promises gameplay elements inspired by soul-like games alongside a lighter, dynamic combat system. This will provide players with a fresh take on the modern action RPG genre as they battle more than sixty different enemies and encounter 22 bosses. Asterigos will also feature over 100 collectibles, numerous side quests, and a NewGame+ mode. It is set for release on the 11th of October, 2022.
Developed & published by Far From Home
Forever Skies is a first-person action survival game where players get to build and customize a high-tech airship. The setting is Earth, which was destroyed hundreds of years before by an ecological disaster. Players must use their airship as a home, workshop, laboratory, and more while trying to expand, rebuild and repair it. Players can also build and operate different machines, discover new tools, and much more to increase their chances of survival. Forever Skies is set to release in Steam Early Access in 2022.
Spark in the Dark
Developed & published by Stellar Fish
Spark in the Dark is an atmospheric dungeon crawler with a medieval dark fantasy setting. Players can choose from five different classes of heroes, each with unique skills, before they enter the depths of a grim ancient dungeon. The game will feature bloody battles with monstrous creatures and deadly traps, as well as a lot of interactions with the environment. Procedural generation also means that each time players enter the dungeon, the monsters, equipment, loot, stats, and some level elements will be different. The release date for Spark in the Dark has not been announced yet.
Earth from Another Sun
Developed & published by Multiverse
Earth From Another Sun is an open-world galactic domination sandbox game where players can command massive armies to fight alongside them on planets and in space. In addition to a single-player mode, the game will also feature a Galactic Dominion Conquest where up to sixty players can test their skills against others. The game promises an open-world galaxy filled with countless points of interest. The developers also promise that players can create and add new content to the open-world galaxy using the internal development tools they’ll polish and package for public release at launch. Earth From Another Sun has a planned release date of 2023.
Developed by Vile Monarch & Published by Ravenscourt
Floodland is a society survival game in a world destroyed by climate change. It will challenge players to explore, scavenge, and build a city to unite the clans. However, conflicting cultures and limited resources will mean that tough choices need to be made. Players will start with a lost bunch of survivors and must scavenge resources, rediscover technology and maintain the peace between different factions while rebuilding society. Since the maps, events, and makeup of the world are randomly generated, each playthrough of Floodland will be unique. The game is set for release on the 15th of November, 2022.
Developed by Voracious Games & Published by XSEED Games / Marvelous USA
Potionomics is a narrative-driven, deck-building shop simulator starring a witch named Sylvia. The penniless witch finds herself thrust into the role of a potion proprietor after the untimely death of her uncle. Unfortunately, the shop comes with a huge debt, and players will have to help her keep it afloat to carry on her uncle’s legacy. To do so, they will need to wheel and deal, choose the best ingredients to make potions, interact with fantastic friends and foes, and customize their shop’s decor. Potionomics is set to release on the 17th of October, 2022.
Developed by Needs Games & Published by LINE Games
Undecember is a hack & slash action RPG where players get to annihilate countless enemies at once. The game does not have defined classes; instead, players can freely change around gears and skills based on their personal play style. Furthermore, since there are no gear or combination restrictions, players are free to cast magic with a sword or summon minions with a bow. In addition to the game’s main scenario, Undecember will feature end-game content, cooperative content with up to 8 players, and more. Undecember is set to release on the 12th of October unless any critical issues arise.
Developed & Published by Scavengers Studio
Season: A Letter to the Future is a third-person atmospheric adventure bicycle road trip game. It sees players leave home for the first time to collect memories before a mysterious cataclysm washes everything away. Players will get to explore, record, meet people and unravel the strange world around them. Using recording tools, players will be able to capture different layers, such as sound and music, art and architecture, and the stories of characters living through pivotal moments. While embarking on this quest, players will be led to the big questions, such as what is this season, why is it ending, and what will the next season bring? The release date for Season is listed as “coming soon.”
Thanks for joining us for part two of the GAMERamble Steam Next Fest roundup for October 2022. If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to check out part one, where dark_cloud shared his selection.