Valve’s latest experiment with Steam’s hubs is Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence, which offers lots of sales and discounts on roguelikes and their many adjacent, well-mixed genres. You know, roguelikes, roguelites, soulslikes and metroidvanias. The event lasts one week, from 2.-9. May.
Overall the festival is genres like Dead Cells, Hades and a sale on soul games Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It’s along with newer items like the rogue pachinko pixie from Peglin and the metroidvania of fearless Haiku, the Robot.
It’s an interesting experiment from Valve that aims to tackle Steam’s biggest problem: discovering games you like to play in, or related to the genres you like. Giving people key placements to browse from that not only the genre they’re looking for, but related genres they might like, can be a great way to address this issue – especially when these genre sites have the kind of tabs like New & Trending , Top Sellers and Top Rated, as this one has.
You get to the Going Rogue hub from the category tab on Steam, which flows beyond the major main genre hubs. It’s an extension of Steam Labs Experiment 13, which was launched last year. You can read more about the thinking behind the festival, and a bit of a crash course on the genres, on the Steam blog.