Valve’s latest experiment with Steam hubs is Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence, featuring sales and discounts galore on roguelikes and their many adjacent and well-mixed genres. You know, roguelikes, roguelites, soulslikes and metroidvanias. The event will last for one week, from May 2 to 9.
The festival’s main attraction are genre staples like dead cells, hadesand a sale on soulsy games Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This is alongside newer entries like roguelike Peglin’s pachinko-goblin and the metroidvania of the intrepid Haiku the Robot.
It’s an interesting experiment by Valve, which aims to solve Steam’s biggest problem: discovering games you want to play or related to genres you like. Giving people central places to browse that contain not just the genre they’re looking for, but related genres they might like, can go a long way toward alleviating this problem, especially when those genre pages have types of tabs like New and Trending, which are top sellers. and more voted than this one has.
You get to the Going Rogue hub from the categories tab on Steam, floating past the big main genre hubs. It is an extension of Steam Labs Experience 13 released late 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.