The Steam Summer Festival is live - and there are plenty of strategy demos to check out

By Joe Robinson 17 Jun 2020 0

Valve have been getting involved in the weird vacuum left by E3’s absence by hosting a ‘Summer Festival’ of sorts. From now until 10am PDT on June 22nd, a celebration of upcoming games will be taking place involving developer streams as well as free demos.

Every genre gets a look-in with this new event and there’s plenty of ace up-coming strategy games offering free demos at the moment as well.

We’ve rounded up six of the most interesting picks, but make sure you check out the hub page to see all of the rest.

Iron Harvest (Releasing September 1st, 2020)

This is the upcoming Company of Heroes-style RTS from KING Art, set in the fictional 1920+ universe (the same setting as the popular Scythe board game, if you know that). It features a fully fleshed out single-player campaign, multiplayer and co-op and involves steampunk-esque mechs and World War(ish) infantry combat.

You can download the demo here.

Stronghold: Warlords (Releasing August 29th, 2020)

Firefly Studios are working on a new entry in their iconic Stronghold series of castle-builder/RTS games. Warlords takes the action to the Far East, where the history of fortified towns and medieval structures is just as rich. Plus nations like China invented gunpowder a lot earlier, so Firefly can throw in fun new units with cannons etc. There’s also a new ‘Warlord’ mechanic which sees AI-controlled micro-castles litter the map, which players can compete over to try and win them to their side.

You can download the demo here.

Mars Horizon (Releasing 2020)

Space games are becoming popular again, which is great because Space is awesome. Mars Horizon is a new space-agency sim from Auroch Digital that intends to lead players on a journey that will culminate in the colonisation of Mars. It’s been designed with the help of the ESA and other ‘legit’ space agencies from around the world, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the full game when it launches later this year.

You can download the demo here.

Partisans 1941 (Releasing Summer 2020)

This a new game on our radar - if you’ve played Shadow Tactics or the recently released Desperados III, you’ll know that there is definitely room for a modern ‘Commandos’ like successor. Partisans is coming from Daedalic, and is a real-time stealth tactics game set along the Eastern Front during WW2. You can build up your resistance camp and assemble your partisan squad from a range of options and send them out to wage a guerilla campaign against the germans.

You can download the demo here.

Starmancer (Releasing “Soon”)

This looks like one of those quirky strategy/sim games that you can lose entire weeks too if you’re not careful. Starmancer puts you in charge of a space-station designed to save humanity from extinction, as the facility’s immortal AI, you need to expand and grow bodies for your digital human minds so that they can be free once again -you’ve also got to protect the station at all costs.

starmancer demo

You can download the demo here.

Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift (Releasing "Soon")

 This game still has a kind of dull name, but Tactical Troops is one of the games coming out of Slitherine's new 'K-project' fund where they're trying to help indie games get to market. It's a turn-based tactical game involving squad management, where positioning is key. There are no grids, but there is a state-of-the-art teleport that can get your troops (or their bullets) into the right place at the right time for maximum effect.

You can download the demo here.

Played anything else you liked from the Summer Festival? Let us know in the comments!

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