Although E3, Gamescom and other summer games are only online due to the COVID 19 pandemic or have been finally canceled, there still seems to be a lot of game news this summer. Publishers and the media have already planned many digital events, promising news and announcements that could help fill the gap created by the loss of major tentpole events. And it is likely that some of these events will give a first glimpse of the first Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 games, which makes them particularly fascinating.
So that you keep an eye on everything that is planned, we have collected all the events we know in this post. We have put together details about each event, when they should take place and how they can be seen. Be sure to check here more often. We will update this post as more events are announced.
Summer game festival
What: Geoff Keighley, who launched The Game Awards, will host a series of digital events throughout the summer that include “breaking news, in-game events and free playable content”. Many large publishers are already on board, including Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, CD Projekt Red, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Riot, Sony and Square Enix.
When: Several events take place in May and August. The full schedule can be found here. This is updated when events are added.
How to watch: Check out the Summer Game Fest events on Twitch, Twitterand YouTube. (Note that some of these are the accounts for The Game Awards.)
7;s Summer of Gaming
What: IGN is hosting a “global digital event” to “bring you the latest news and impressions about upcoming games and the next generation of console hardware”. There will be live broadcasts and on-demand programs. Many publishers will also take part in the IGN event, including Blizzard, CD Projekt Red, EA, Facebook (including Oculus), Google Stadia, Humble, Microsoft, PC Gaming Show, Sega, Square Enix, Twitter and Ubisoft.
When: Planned for June
How to watch: You can see IGN’s coverage on Facebook, Mixer, Twitch and Twitter
GameSpots game for everyone
What: Play for All is a multi-week event with news, previews, interviews and much more. The event will also raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts in collaboration with Direct Relief. Publishers such as EA, Bethesda, CD Projekt Red, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Larian Studios, Google Stadia, Bandai Namco, Private Division, Square Enix, Sega and 2K Games will take part in the event.
When: Starts in early June
How to watch: Check out Play for All on Facebook, Instagram, Twitterand YouTube
Guerilla Collective, the PC Gaming Show and the Future Games Show
What: Guerrilla Collective is a new “Festival for Digital Games”, which takes place from June 6th to 8th and is produced by Media Indie Exchange and the Kinda Funny Games Showcase. Studios on board the event include Humble Publishing, Larian Studios, Paradox Interactive and many more.
On the first day, June 6th, three different shows will be shown: Guerilla Collective Live, moderated by Greg Miller from Kinda Funny Games; The PC Gaming Show focused on PC Gaming News and revealed; and the Future Games Show, which will contain revelations, developer interviews and “healthy game talk”. An “online press event” is planned for June 7th and another program day with live demos and developer interviews is planned for June 8th.
- Guerilla Collective Live: June 6th, 10am PT / 1pm ET
- The PC Gaming Show: June 6th, 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
- The Future Games Show: June 6, 2:30 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET
- June 7 press event: TBA time
- June 8 event: TBA time
How to watch: Check out the guerrilla collective events on Twitch
Limited Run Games # LRG3
What: Limited run games says # LRG3 will be his “third totally live, totally bitchin press conference for the biggest announcements in the future of physical video games.”
When: Monday, June 8th, 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
How to watch: Check out the Limited Run Games Twitch channel
Play EA Live 2020
What: EA says EA Play Live 2020 will be a live digital broadcast, but the studio hasn’t shared many details beyond that.
When: Thursday, June 11, 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET
How to watch: TBA
What: Ubisoft is hosting a digital “E3-style storefront” with “lots of exclusive game news, exciting revelations and more”.
When: Sunday, July 12, 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
How to watch: TBA
Gamescom Live opening night
What: Geoff Keighley will host another Opening Night live event with Gamescom, which is now a purely digital event. According to the Summer Game Fest calendar, it will be a “spectacular, industry-wide final” of the Summer Game Fest.
When: Monday, August 24, 11 a.m.PT / 2 p.m. ET
How to watch: Since this is a Summer Game Fest event, you are likely to see Opening Night Live on all platforms of the Summer Game Fest, including Twitch, Twitterand YouTube. (Note that some of these are the accounts for The Game Awards.)