Two upcoming titles are set to get public demos during The Game Awards, as revealed by an early Xbox Store listing. Nobody Saves the World and Mind Scanners both have store pages for a "TGA21 Demo", suggesting they will be shadow dropped during the event.
While they're set to launch December 3, almost a week before the actual award ceremony, it appears that they can only be purchased with a code, which will likely be revealed during the broadcast.
Nobody Saves the World was revealed in March of this year, and is set to launch in early 2022. Shedding some light on what we can expect, the Xbox Store description reads: "Transform from a featureless nobody into a SLUG, a GHOST, a DRAGON, and MORE in this new take on Action RPGs from the creators of Guacamelee!"
Mind Scanners, on the other hand, is described as a "retro-futuristic psychiatry simulation" where you "diagnose the citizens of a dystopian metropolis". The role-playing strategy game allows you to either work as part of the grim system, or fight against it. It actually launched on Steam earlier this year, so it's likely this demo is for an upcoming console port.
The Game Awards is set to kick off December 9. As well as the titular award announcements, we'll of course get the usual world premieres and trailers for already announced games. We can probably expect more than usual this year, as presenter Geoff Keighley has already pledged to focus more on actual games, moving away from the previous show's heavy use of celebrities. In an interview on the matter, he estimated that around 40 to 50 titles will be shown off, ten of which will be totally new announcements.
Also, unlike pretty much every other aspect of the gaming industry right now, there won't be any NFT tie-ins at the awards, as Keighley has already sworn off them. Again, this leaves much more room for actual video games at the video game award show.
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