E3 and virtually every other in-person gaming expo for 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but that isnâ€™t preventing Devolver Digital from doing something to fill the void in a very self-referential way. It just released a free Devolverland Expo game on Steam that â€” what else? â€” has you sneaking through a canceled convention. Itâ€™s ultimately a plug for upcoming games like Shadow Warrior 3 and Carrion, but itâ€™s a real game that has you dodging â€œadvanced security systemsâ€ to watch videos and find secrets.
The game itself isnâ€™t violent (unless you count the kind of gun youâ€™d use to shoot t-shirts), but the videos you see generally wonâ€™t be suited for kids.
Devolver isnâ€™t even shy about calling this a â€œmarketing simulator,â€ and youâ€™ll probably be on to something else before long. However, its very existence is notable. Most publishers have turned to video events (including Devolver â€” thatâ€™s how it announced Devolverland Expo) to announce game news at a time when any significant public gathering is dangerous. This at least gives you a taste of that convention experience, minus the crowded hallways and overpriced food.