Indie games start-up Waving Bear Studio is offering players the chance to demo their new game – Stuffed – for free this weekend (30 October to 2 November).

Waving Bear have been developing the game since late 2018, when they joined Launchpad.

Lucy Earp, Waving Bear Artist and Co-founder, told us what gamers can expect: “Stuffed is our first title, it’s a fast-paced first-person shooter, that takes place in the dreams of a little girl. You play as a teddy bear and fight waves of nightmares as you defend your owner.”

The game will be available to play for free for a limited time in an open beta weekend from Friday 30 October until Monday 2 November and is open to everyone with a Steam account.

Matt Busuttil, Animator and Co-founder, said: “We’re running the open beta weekend to grow our community and allow players to test the game and give us feedback. As the game is still in development this feedback will be a big help for improving the game before the final release.”

Adrian Ruiz-Langan, Games Technology Coach at Launchpad, said: “Launchpad supports lots of talented teams on our games track, from all kinds of previous experiences and backgrounds.

“Joining as a pre-formed team, working together in university, then joining Launchpad, Waving Bear had our attention from the start with their clear vision for Stuffed. They continued to evolve and refine the game during the programme into the fantastic experience they are demoing now on Steam.”

Lucy added: “Launchpad has been a huge help in starting up our studio. With financial support and guidance of the staff, it enabled us to focus on it full-time – an opportunity that most indie game developers don’t get.”

Head to the Steam website during the beta weekend to download the game. Play on your own in single-player or join your friends in two player split-screen co-op or remote play together. Players can wishlist the game on Steam at any time, which will notify them when this beta and future ones are released.

Waving Bear team (l-r) Ashley Wharfe, Matt Busuttil, Lucy Earp and Dan Busuttil