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 a slew of unaffiliated livestreams, it can be hard to keep track of every single event that's happening.
That's why Inverse has rounded up all the confirmed or rumored events happening this summer so you know what to look out for in the future. (This list will be updated as new events are revealed.)
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 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. Eastern — Xbox's YouTube or Twitch channel
In May, Xbox confirmed that it would hold livestream in July to focus on first-party games, including Halo: Infinite and new titles from Double Fine and Obsidian Entertainment. On July 6, the event was officially dated for July 23, 2020. As Mixer is shutting down, look to other platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter to watch the event.
TennoCon 2020 — August 1, 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. The event was originally going to happen on July 11, but was pushed back to August 1.
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.
PS5 State of Play — Early August — PlayStation YouTube or Twitch channel
According to VentureBeat, Sony planning a PS5 presentation for August. 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.
Xbox 20/20 Lockhart Event — August — 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. VentureBeat intially stated that we can expect Xbox's next event to happen sometime during the second week of June, but are now saying the event has been pushed to August. It "will provide a closer look at the new Xbox console," which is the Xbox Series X. Grubb did remove it from his schedule following protests over police brutality and George Floyd's death, so this may be in flux.
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!
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."
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.
IGN's Summer of Gaming — June 8, 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.
Destiny 2 reveal — June 9, 2020 at 12 p.m. Eastern
On June 9, Bungie will be holding another in-depth update livestream for Destiny 2 to show "what's next" for the popular MMO shooter. While Bungie has shared specifics on what will be shown off, we'll probably get a look at the game's next expansion, next season, and possibly even the confirmed next-generation versions of the game.
IGN Expo Day 1 — June 10, 2020 — IGN.com
The first day of IGN's Summer of Gaming should contain some interesting reveals in addition to an interview with Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter. So far, IGN has confirmed that it will include an "unannounced classic revival" from Merge Game, an unannounced game from The Outsiders and Funcom, new Arcade1Up cabinets, and a new title from Slime-san's Fabraz.
In addition, new trailers will be released for Beyond Blue, Chivalry 2, Dual Universe, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Voidtrain, Wasteland 3, and Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Finally, there will be extended gameplay previews for GTFO, Mortal Shell, Observer: System Redux, Second Extinction, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Borderlands 3's Bounty of Blood DLC, The Waylanders, Rustler, The Riftbreaker, and Bravery Network Online.
PS5 Reveal Event — June 11, 2020 at 4 p.m. Eastern— PlayStation YouTube or Twitch channel
After reports from VentureBeat and Bloomberg, Sony confirmed that it would be holding a PS5 event on June 4, 2020. The presentation was set to last an hour and would "give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday," according to PlayStation Blog. Out of respect for the protests against system racism, the event was delayed until June 11.
IGN Expo Day 2 — June 11 — IGN.com
The second day of IGN Expo will feature two new game reveals, one from Merge Games and one from a developer IGN doesn't want to share yet. There will be additional trailers and gameplay for Stronghold: Warlords, XIII, Blankos Block Party, Iron Oath, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, Spellbreak, Star Renegades, and Boyfriend Dungeon.
IGN Expo Day 3 — June 12 — IGN.com
On the third day of IGN Expo, the focus will mainly be on already announced games. New trailer will debut for sci-fi spaceship shooter Everspace 2, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Castlestorm 2, Guilty Gear Strive, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Ranch Simulator.
There will also be new gameplay previews for Chicken Police, Hardspace Shipbreaker, Skater XL, A Total War Saga: Troy, Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus, Blue Fire, and Unto the end. Finally, there will be an interview with Brian Fargo, the man behind classic RPG series like The Bard's Tale and Wasteland.
PC Gaming Show — June 13, 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. This show was delayed by a week out of respect for the George Floyd protests
The Future Games Show — June 13, 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." This show also got pushed back by a week due to the protests.
The Guerilla Collective — June 13, 2020 to June 15, 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.
Star Wars: Squadrons Announcement -- June 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. Eastern
VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb first teased an announcement with the odd description: "Mel Gibson picture." Other teasers mentioned a Tom Cruise volleyball sequence (from Top Gun), so it's clear that the term "maverick" is involved in some fashion. While it was delayed out of respect for the protests against systemic racism, fan theories discerned EA's Star Wars: Project Maverick.
Xbox accidentally leaked Project Maverick, now called Star Wars: Squadrons on June 12. Then, on June 13, EA confirmed that they unveil the game on June 15, 2020.
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. Following the reveal of an unspecified game, we will get a Humble Bundle Indies Showcase and new trailers for Ninjala and Vigor. You can also expect gameplay from Fight Crab, Forgotten City, Recompile, Shing, 30XX, and Solasta Crown of the Magister,
After that, 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.
Pokémon Presents — June 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. Eastern — Pokémon YouTube Channel
Just ahead of the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor expansion, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company will be holding another presentation on the morning of June 16. During this presentation, we will learn more about Sword and Shield's expansions and could possibly hear more about Pokémon Sleep or the Detective Pikachu game sequel.
Upload VR Showcase — June 16, 2020 at 12 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 highlight 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 June 18 reveals — June 18, 2020
Following the reveal of a new Dungeons & Dragons Adventure, IGN will debut new trailers for The Falconeer and Drake Hollow, introduce a new DLC roadmap for Fallout 76, and show gameplay for Remnant: From the Ashes DLC and an unannounced title.
EA Play — June 18, 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 18. 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.
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 which 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 revealed much about Marvel's Avengers in recent months, but 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."
IGN June 24 Reveals— June 24, 2020 — IGN.com
The final day of IGN's Summer of Gaming was originally just going to focus on Dreamscaper, an action-RPG roguelike set within a woman's nightmarish lucid dreams as she deals with depression. Now, this day will also hold the reveal of a new game, new trailers for Cartel Tycoon, Shadow Arena, and Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, and a gameplay demo of BioMutant.
Pokémon Presents -- June 24, 2020
Just one week after the last Pokémon Presents showcase, The Pokémon Company company will hold yet another one. According to The Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihar, "there is another big project [The Pokémon Company is] working on." We'll learn what this is on June 24.
Night City Wire — June 25, 2020 — Cyberpunk 2077 YouTube channel
After a delay and months of relative silence, CD Projekt Red will showcase more of its highly anticipated RPG Cyberpunk 2077 during a Night City Wire presentation on June 25. An exact time and details on what will be shown have not been confirmed yet. This event was originally pushed back from June 11 out of respect for ongoing protests against systemic racism, like many other events this summer.
Torchlight III Gameplay Reveal — June 25, 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.
Outriders Broadcast #2 — July 2, 2020 at 12 p.m. Eastern
Kicking off July, Square Enix and People Can Fly will hold another broadcast delving into its upcoming third-person shooter Outriders. According to a teaser video, this presentation will go over the different characters players will meet, reveal a new area, and delve into the Pyromancer class.
Nacon Presents — July 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. Eastern
European publisher Nacon also plans to hold its own publisher-specific showcase in early July. During this presentation, we will learn more about Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood as well as some unannounced games from the publisher.
Devolver Direct 2020 — July 11, 2020
Devolver Digital has hosted satirical E3 press conferences over the past couple of years, though they also sprinkle in announcements of new games and release dates. On June 14, Devolver Digital stated on Twitter that "Devolver Direct 2020 will be mid-July if all goes well with production. This year will have some updates + release dates on upcoming games and a couple of new games to reveal - all with gameplay."
The indie publisher has since confirmed that it will happen at 3 p.m. on July 11, 2020. It will contain news on Carrion, Disc Room, Shadow Warrior 3, and more unannounced games. Still, keep in mind that this presentation will be much wackier, and gorier, than your traditional press conference.
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.
Stadia Connect — July 14, 2020 — Stadia YouTube Channel
Google will be holding yet another presentation for its fledgling game streaming platform Stadia on July 14. So far, Orcs Must Die 3 is the only game confirmed for the presentation. Hopefully, it will also include news on some cool new exclusives, ports, and promised features that haven't yet been implemented into the divisive platform.
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