Steam sales and their fests have become such an event that even the announcement of the dates is big news. I’ve been watching these sales for so many years that Valve has essentially trained me to never buy a game outside of these sale windows (though I also keep an eye on third party storefronts too). These events go a long way to help curate Steam’s digital storefront home to 76,860 games at the time of writing.
There aren't any major sale events going on right now but that doesn't mean you can’t find some good deals going on right now. Here’s a couple of highlights I managed to find:
Recently Hunt: Showdown quietly added Linux multiplayer support to its implementation of EAC, so this is the perfect excuse to give it a shot. For $16 you can grab a really interesting take on team based PvE/PvP monster hunting. While it still is listed as unsupported/silver on ProtonDB, there is evidence of the game running on the Steam Deck. You can find more details in my previous article above.
A huge icon of the 360/PS3 era, the BioShock franchise is renowned for its single player story (well, BioShock 1 and Infinite at least) and are a perfect fit on the Deck. $12 gets you the remastered versions of BioShock 1, BioShock 2, and the original BioShock Infinite plus all its DLC. A little while back 2K introduced a, “quality of life” patch that added a 3rd party launcher for, reasons I guess. This ended up breaking compatibility for a bit but luckily that seems to have been fixed in an update. This sale is part of the 2K Publisher sale going on now until March 2nd. All three games have a rating of playable on Deck and Gold on ProtonDB so if you haven’t checked this franchise out now’s the time
Steam isn’t the only place to find sale events and right now Humble Bundle is having its racing sale. One of the more popular titles in the sale Descenders is currently $10 so a fantastic price for your downhill biking fix. Not only that but it’s a native Linux game so I have to give it a shout out. If you are going to pick it up, you can use our Humble Bundle affiliate link to help show your support.
As for the full calendar of Steam Sales and Fests for 2023, you can see it below:
Mystery Fest: February 20 - 27 Spring Sale: March 16 - 23 (major seasonal sale) Puzzle Fest: April 24 - May 1 Sports Fest: May 15 - 22 Next Fest: June 19 - 26 Summer Sale: June 29 - July 13 (major seasonal sale) Stealth Fest: July 24 - 31 Visual Novel Fest: August 7 - 14 Strategy Fest: August 28 - September 4 SHMUP Fest: September 25 - October 2 Next Fest: October 9 - 16 Return of Steam Scream Fest (Halloween): October 26 - November 2 (additional details to come) Autumn Sale: November 21 - 28 (major seasonal sale) Winter Sale: December 21 - January 4, 2024 (major seasonal sale)
Are you going to be picking up any of the games I highlighted? What sale are you most excited for? Did you pick up anything during the recent Mystery Fest Sale? Let us know in the comments down below!