Devolver Digital surprise-released a free game about themselves

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At the end of it latest extended critique of marketing and consumerism disguised as a videogame press conference (opens in new tab), Devolver Digital simultaneously announced and released a new game. It's called Devolverland Expo and you can get it on Steam (opens in new tab) for free right now.

Set in an empty convention center after a big videogame hype event has been canceled, it's apparently a first-person marketing simulator. It looks like you get to explore spaces styled after Devolver games like Weird West, Carrion, Shadow Warrior 3, and Disc Room (complete with changes in art style to suit) as well as shooting up some Fall Guys, the cartoon stars of their forthcoming Gang Beasts-esque battle royale thing. Plus, there's a power glove and a t-shirt you can use against floating security robots. It's all very strange, which I suppose is what you'd expect. 

Given that we recently saw the Oregon County Fair turned into an MMO (opens in new tab) and the EEK3 showcase gave us a haunted virtual showfloor (opens in new tab) to explore, Devolverland Expo seems pretty timely. I am excited for surreal public space simulators to become their own microgenre.

Download it here (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.