Awaited by gamers yet dreaded by their wallets, Steam sales are major moments of the year when tons of titles are discounted, and are unlikely to cease in 2020, considering their success.
Since preparing for Steam Sales ahead of time is important for the judicious spender (at least until we're faced with the sheer amount of discounted stuff and inevitably buy more than we could ever hope to play), here's our expected schedule of 2020 Steam sales.
Steam Sale 2020 Schedule
Several Steam sales take place throughout the year, giving ample opportunities for players to complete their collections at a discounted price.
Some Steam sales have made a habit of beginning on Thursdays, at 10 AM PDT/ 7 PM GMT, however, there have been exceptions such as last year's Lunar Sale, which began on a Monday at the same hour.
Here's our expected schedule for Steam sales in 2020:
- Steam Lunar Sale: January 23 - January 27 - Confirmed
- Steam Spring Sale 2020: Last week of May, although it's worth noting there wasn't one last year
- Steam Summer Sale 2020: Starts between June 20 and June 30, lasts for two weeks
- Steam Halloween Sale 2020: October 29 - November 1
- Steam Autumn Sale 2020: Starts between November 20 and November 30, lasts for a week
- Steam Winter Sale 2020: December 17 - December 31
It's worth stressing that, at the moment, these are our predictions for the start and end dates of Steam sales in 2020, based on those of previous years. We'll update this article with any relevant news once Valve officially announces each sale.
Steam Lunar Sale 2020 Highlights
The Steam Lunar Sale 2020 is now underway, featuring a variety of deals to choose from. As the sheer amount of games on Steam can make this task rather overwhelming, we've selected a handful of games that we consider must-haves and which you can pick up for a lower price until January 27, when the sale ends.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
What better way to start off our list of Steam Lunar Sale 2020 highlights than with Total War: Three Kingdoms, a grand strategy title set in Ancient China! Not only is it the first game in the series to tackle the period but it greatly expands on the character and diplomacy aspects while adding an exquisite art style to the mix. Total War: Three Kingdoms is 25% cheaper during the Steam Lunar Sale 2020, costing 44,99€ or your regional equivalent.
Resident Evil 2 Remake
Resident Evil 2 Remake was a stellar return of a classic game in the survival horror genre. Capcom reimagined the original adventure, infusing it with gameplay that's more action-focused while keeping its survival horror essence intact. The result? A tense journey through Raccoon City that keeps you on the edge thanks to its resilient enemies and Mr. X really badly wanting a hug. Resident Evil 2 Remake is 67% cheaper during the Steam Lunar Sale 2020, costing 19,79€ or your regional equivalent.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence tells the story of Amicia and Hugo de Rune, whose life gets turned upside down as the Black Plague descends upon medieval France. Hunted by the Inquisition, they must face, evade and outsmart its soldiers while doing their best to navigate around endless, ravenous swarms of rats. The game mixes stealth, puzzle and light ranged combat with a story that easily gets you invested in its characters. A Plague Tale: Innocence is 50% cheaper during the Steam Lunar Sale 2020, costing 22,49€ or your regional equivalent.
When it returned in 2016, Doom blew everyone away with its straightforward, no-nonsense approach to the genre it birthed. Although it rebooted the series' story, the main focus fell on its excellent gunplay, intense battles and brutal ways in which you could execute the plethora of hellspawn unlucky enough to stand in your way. Couple that with a soundtrack filled with dirty, industrial synths and downtuned guitars and you've one of the best first-person shooters you can get your hands on. During the Steam Lunar Sale 2020, you'll find Doom to be 73% cheaper, costing 13,33€ or your regional equivalent.
Below, you'll find a list of other titles that are also worth looking at during the Steam Lunar Sale 2020.