Steam Game Trials Are Now Available, Starting with Dead Space

Valve has announced that Steam game trials are finally available, allowing players to try before they buy. Here’s everything we know.

Up until now, Steam’s refund policy has allowed users to refund a game within a 2-hour gameplay window. However, Valve are now working on teaming up with publishers in order to allow access to game trials. This will allow players to download (and play) the game’s free trial without having to purchase the game.

Steam Game Trials Are Available, Starting With Dead Space

The Game Trial scheme is kicking off with the new Dead Space Remake. Launching earlier this year, the sci-fi horror game is now available on Steam for a 90 minute free trial. 

All you have to do to gain access is go to the Dead Space Steam page and scroll down to the ‘Try Dead Space – Free Trial’ under the game description. Once downloaded, you will have access to the game for the aforementioned time. 

Dead Space is available for a free 90-minute demo on Steam.
Credit: Steam

Additionally, Dead Space is currently 20% off on Steam so if you enjoy the free trial, you can grab the full game for $47.99 / £39.99. 

The only catch is that it seems these will be limited-time offers. For example, the Dead Space Remake demo will only be available until May 29. 

The Future of Game Trials

As of writing this, it hasn’t been confirmed which other titles will be receiving the game trial experience. However taking Dead Space as an example, it will most likely be games that have already been released. 

Additionally, it looks as though EA is on board with the programme. This could mean we can see some titles from them, including Mass Effect, Battlefield or even Star Wars. We will be sure to update you when more games become available. 

For now, make sure to try out Dead Space if you haven’t had the opportunity to already.

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