In the wake of E3's cancelation, numerous events and announcements for various upcoming video games will take place over the course of summer 2020 and beyond. From Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest to IGN's Summer of Gaming, along with all the individual livestreams that might be unaffiliated, it can be hard to keep track of every single event that's happening.
That's why Inverse has rounded up every confirmed or rumored event that's scheduled to happen this summer so you know what to look out for in the future. This list will be updated as new events are revealed.
The Last of Us Part II State of Play — May 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. Eastern — PlayStation's Channel
During this presentation, Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment are revealing more gameplay details for The Last of Us Part II, their highly anticipated horror game that's out just a couple of weeks after this presentation.
Outriders Broadcast #1 — May 28, 2020 at 12 p.m. Eastern — Outriders YouTube or Twitch channel
This event will focus on People Can Fly and Square Enix's sci-fi third-person shooter Outriders, one of the first major PS5 and Xbox Series X games from a third-party publisher. According to a press release, the event will cover "brand-new gameplay, areas, never-before-seen powers, character class deep dives, development updates, and more."
Mystery Game Announcement — June 2, 2020
An unknown major gaming announcement is reportedly being planned for June 2. Jeff Grubb, the author behind the aforementioned VentureBeat teased this event with an odd description: "Mel Gibson picture." We currently do not know what this means or why a Mel Gibson picture is relevant to it but keep an eye out for a major announcement on June 2 nonetheless. Some fans are theorizing that this tease of for EA's Star Wars: Project Maverick game though.
PS5 Reveal Event — June 4 at 4 p.m. ET — PlayStation YouTube or Twitch channel
After reports from VentureBeat and Bloomberg, Sony has confirmed that it will be holding a PS5 event on June 4, 2020. The presentation is set to last an hour and will "give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday" according to PlayStation Blog.
IGN's Summer of Gaming — June 4, 2020 - June 24, 2020 — IGN.com
Over the course of June, IGN is hosting Summer of Gaming. It will contain a variety of announcements from publishers across the industry like Capcom, Bandai Namco, Deep Silver, Google, Paradox Interactive, Square Enix, THQ Nordic, Wizards of the Coast, Xbox, and more! At the center of this event is IGN Expo, a three-day showcase for new developers and publishers. We will break down each Summer of Gaming event going forward.
IGN Expo Day 1 — June 5, 2020 — IGN.com
The first day of IGN's Summer of Gaming should contain some interesting reveals. So far, IGN has confirmed that it will include an unannounced game from The Outsiders and Funcom, two more unannounced game reveals, a gameplay premiere for action-RPG Mortal Shell, a deep dive into horror game Observer: System Redux's enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X, the first look at gameplay for Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, and new trailers for Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood, Spellbreak, and Blankos Block Party.
INDIE Live Expo — June 6, 2020 at 7 a.m. Eastern — YouTube
INDIE Live Expo is the first major presentation of the summer that will mainly focus on upcoming indie games. This event will be hosted from Japan and highlight many Japanese indie games, but it will also be available to watch in English and include some international indie games.
The Guerilla Collective — June 6, 2020 - June 8, 2020
The Guerilla Collective is a multi-day event several developers and publishers are holding together in early June. While it's technically part of IGN's Summer of Gaming and contains future events that we'll delve into like the PC Gaming Show, it will also feature a live show hosted by Greg Miller from Kinda Funny. If there's a major announcement during these couple of days, it's likely to come from The Guerilla Collective.
PC Gaming Show — June 6, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eastern
PC Gamer is doing its annual show once again as part of The Guerilla Collective. As usual, you can expect them to highlight some cool upcoming PC titles like Mafia: Definitive Edition. Other developers confirmed for the event include Merge Games, Tripwire Interactive, Frontier Developments, Epic Games, and Perfect World Entertainment.
The Future Games Show — June 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern — GamesRadar.com
Yet another part of The Guerilla Collective, GamesRadar is hosting the Future Games Show. According to the article revealing this event, it is an "hour-long broadcast containing exclusive trailers, announcements, and deep dives on existing AAA and indie games, focusing on current (and next-gen) consoles, mobile and streaming platforms."
IGN Expo Day 2 — June 8, 2020 — IGN.com
The second day of IGN expo will feature the most announcements. Confirmed reveals from this day include an "unannounced classic revival" from Merge Games, a new game from Slime-san developer Fabraz, a new trailer for action-RPG Wasteland 3, gameplay for the dinosaur themed FPS Second Extinction, a preview of Borderlands 3's Bounty of Blood DLC, and new trailers for Chivalry 2, Dual Universe, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and XIII.
June 8 will also feature a release date announcement for RPG The Waylanders as well as gameplay deep dives for Remnant: From the Ashes DLC and Skryim mod-turned-game Forgotten City. The day will be rounded out with an interview with David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid.
Upload VR Showcase — June 8, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eastern — Upload VR's YouTube channel
As part of both The Guerilla Collective and IGN's Summer of Gaming showcase, Upload VR is holding a presentation to go over upcoming VR games. While this is a more niche section of gaming, this will be the most important show of the summer for VR fans. So far, developers Fast Travel Games and Cloudhead Games have confirmed their involvement.
IGN Expo Day 3 — June 9, 2020 — IGN.com
On the third day of IGN Expo, the focus will mainly be on already announced games. This will include a first look at PvP gameplay in Amazon Games' MMO New World, a new gameplay trailer for sci-fi spaceship shooter Everspace 2, a look at gameplay and an interview for real-time strategy game Total War: Troy, and an interview with inXile Entertainment's Brian Fargo about Wasteland 3.
Additionally, we will learn more about the western releases of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim and Guilty Gear Strive and get new trailers for the Nintendo Switch version of Skater XL, Solesta Crown of the Magister, Stronghold: Warlords, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Iron Oath.
Xbox 20/20 June Event — Second Week of June — Xbox's YouTube, Twitch, or Mixer channel
Microsoft promised in May that it would hold an Xbox 20/20 presentation every month for the rest of 2020. According to VentureBeat, we can expect Xbox's next event to happen sometime during the second week of June. It "will provide a closer look at the new Xbox console," which is the Xbox Series X.
EA Play — June 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. Eastern — EA Play Website
EA will once again be hosting EA Play in 2020, but it will be a digital-only event on June 11. During an event like this, we are likely to get a look at some new games, updates to ongoing live-service titles like Apex Legends, and first-looks at sports games like Madden NFL 21, FIFA 21, and NHL 21.
Night City Wire — June 11, 2020 — Cyberpunk 2077 YouTube channel
After a delay and months of relative silence, CD Projekt Red will finally begin showing off more of its highly anticipated RPG Cyberpunk 2077 during a Night City Wire presentation on June 11 that's part of IGN's Summer of Gaming and Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest. An exact time and details on what will be shown have not been confirmed yet.
Humankind Gameplay and Interview Reveal — June 11, 2020 — IGN.com
As part of IGN's Summer of Gaming, SEGA and Amplitude Studios will be showing more gameplay and holding an interview for Humankind. This is a strategy game like Civilization that will have players controlling Humankind throughout its history, shaping them how they see fit. Expect to learn a lot more about this game on June 11.
IGN Summer of Gaming June 15 reveals — June 15, 2020 — IGN.com
While this technically isn't an IGN Expo day, it will still contain a lot of interesting content. We will see new gameplay and get an interview for MMORPG Corepunk, get new gameplay and interviews for THQ Nordic's Destroy All Humans and SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom remakes, have the gameplay reveal for Mafia: Definitive Edition, and will receive another look at the cross-gen Japanese action game Scarlet Nexus.
On top of all of that, you can also expect new trailers or gameplay for an unannounced game, Zen Studios' CastleStorm 2, Nintendo Switch multiplayer game Ninjala, and Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus.
Torchlight III Gameplay Reveal — June 18, 2020 — IGN.com
On this day, we will be getting an in-depth look at gameplay for Torchlight III. This will be our first large look at the action-RPG since it was renamed and reworked in January. IGN will also host interviews with Fallout: New Vegas writer Chris Avellone as well as Doom co-creator John Romero and Empire of Sin's Brenda Romero on this day.
Summer Game Fest Developer Showcase: June — June 22, 2020 at 11 a.m. Eastern — The Game Awards' channel
Revealed on May 22, this event from Geoff Keighley and Day of the Devs will highlight several games during a single presentation. These will range from indie games to AAA titles, so definitely keep an eye out for this event to see what cool new games are revealed.
New Game+ Expo — June 23, 2020 at 11 a.m. Eastern — NGPE's Twitch channel
New Game+ Expo, or NGPE, is yet another presentation that will highlight new announcements from several major publishers, most of whom are Japanese. Participants include Sega, Atlus, Natsume, Idea Factory, Spike Chunsoft, Koei Tecmo, GungHo, Acttil, Arc System Works, Playism, Inti Creates, Grasshopper Manufacture, Aksys Games, NIS America, SNK, and WayForward.
Marvel's Avengers War Table stream — June 24, 2020
While Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics haven't talked about Marvel's Avengers much its delay, we'll be learning more about it this summer. On June 24, the first "War Table" stream will be held to reveal more about the game. According to the game's Twitter account, this presentation will focus on "new gameplay and co-op."
Dreamscaper Gameplay Deep Dive — June 24, 2020 — IGN.com
The final day of IGN's Summer of Gaming will focus on Dreamscaper. This game is an intriguing action-RPG roguelike set within a women's nightmarish lucid dreams as she deals with depression. IGN's showcase of the game is described as an "exclusive gameplay feature deep dive," so we will likely be learning more about unrevealed aspects of gameplay in order to get a good feeling about Dreamscaper before its release. IGN will also reveal another unannounced game on June 18.
TennoCon 2020 — July 11, 2020 — Warframe.com
Digital Extremes will once again be hosting its annual Warframe expo, though this time it will be online. This day-long celebration will likely contain some brand new announcements for the multiplayer sci-fi shooter that is reportedly coming to next-generation consoles.
Ubisoft Forward — July 12, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eastern — Ubisoft.com
As Ubisoft can no longer hold an E3 conference it is holding its own event on July 12, called Ubisoft Forward. This presentation will highlight the studio's upcoming titles, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Gods & Monsters, Watch Dogs Legion, and other games that have not been revealed yet.
Summer Game Fest Developer Showcase: July — July 20 — The Game Awards' channel
Geoff Keighley and Day of the Devs will once again be hosting a showcase on July 20. While it will probably be showing different games, expect it to play it similarly to the June event it shares a name with. Still, this gives indie developers another good opportunity to show off their titles.
Xbox 20/20 First-Party Games Presentation — July — Xbox's YouTube, Twitch, or Mixer channel
While Microsoft hasn't shared an official date yet, we know it will be holding an Xbox 20/20 livestream in July 2020. It will focus on first-party games, ones published by Microsoft, including Halo: Infinite and new titles from Double Fine and Obsidian Entertainment.
PS5 State of Play — Early August — PlayStation YouTube or Twitch channel
According to VentureBeat, Sony is not only planning a PS5 presentation for June but one for August as well. That report claims that this event "will highlight a combination of current- and next-gen games." If you're a fan of PlayStation, keep an eye out for this event once August rolls around.
GDC Summer 2020 — August 4, 2020 to August 6, 2020 — gdconf.com
March's GDC was canceled in March due to Covid-19, but a digital replacement for it is being held in August. While this event is mainly focused on developers networking with each other, some company's have historically had announcements around GDC. The same could be the case this year, even with the change in format.
Gamescom Opening Night Live — August 27, 2020 — Gamescom YouTube or Twitch channel
To kick off Gamescom and concluded Summer Game Fest, Geoff Keighley will hold Gamescom Opening Night Live. This event will function as a press conference where a variety of developers and publishers can show off their games to viewers at home. Participants have not been revealed yet.
Gamescom — August 27 to August 30 — Gamescom.Global
Kicked off by Opening Night Live, a digital version of the European gaming event Gamescom will take place from August 27 to August 30. Over the course of those three days, other shows like Awesome Indies and a Daily Show will reveal new games and go over titles announced around that time. It's an exciting way to end what will be the busiest summer in gaming history!