PC gamers, your day of reckoning draws near. Steam’s annual Winter Sale is due to launch a few days before Christmas, leaving a trail of ruined wallets and bloated PC gaming libraries in its wake.
The upcoming sale’s launch date was recently leaked by NeoGAF, then later independently confirmed by Eurogamer. Both sources reveal the Steam Winter Sale will begin on December 22 and continue through January 2.
Steam’s seasonal sales events deliver store-wide discounts on thousands of featured games, including recent releases and beloved classics. Sale prices can range from modest discounts to price drops of 90 percent or more, and many games can be purchased for $1 or less.
This year’s Winter Sale is expected to feature discounts for many of this season’s biggest games, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, and Watch Dogs 2. Players will likely see steeper price drops for games that premiered earlier in 2016 such as Xcom 2, Bethesda’s rebooted Doom, From Software’s Dark Souls III, and the recently updated No Man’s Sky.
Indie developers are likely to offer the biggest discounts during Steam’s Winter Sale, making it a good time to catch up on independently produced hits released throughout 2016. Some of our favorite indie games that are likely to star in Steam’s upcoming sale include the brutal fantasy-themed dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon, stylish action game Hyper Light Drifter, laid-back farming sim Stardew Valley, determination-powered RPG Undertale, and the lavishly animated platformer Owlboy.
Savvy shoppers should also keep an eye out for the winners of this year’s Steam Awards, which are expected to be revealed in the weeks leading up to the sale. The first annual Steam Awards highlight user-voted favorites across several offbeat categories, including the “I’m Not Crying, There’s Something in My Eye” award and the prestigious “Best Use of a Farm Animal” award.