Gaming industry personality Geoff Keighley unveiled Summer Game Fest in early May as a video game celebration meant to replace E3 that'll run from May until the end of August. Summer Game Fest involves everything from new game announcements to game engine reveals. The whole event series is already in full swing, and you may be wondering when to expect the next major gaming announcement.
As such, we've rounded up every major announcement that will make up Summer Game Festival.
More and more events to be added on a rolling basis as more publishers finalize plans for events. Inverse will be updating this article to reflect that. While this initiative doesn't seem like much more than branding and a calendar, Keighley is still managing to capture some of that E3 magic by spreading it over the four-month period that spans Summer Game Fest.
During Phase 1 of Summer Game Fest, we'll be hearing from companies like PlayStation, Microsoft, 2K, Activision, Bethesda, Bandai Namco, Warner Bros, EA, CD Projekt Red, Bungie, Blizzard Entertainment, Digital Extremes, Private Division, Riot Games, Square Enix, and Steam. We've broken down what we know about the schedule of announcements from publishers so far on the event's website.
Summer Game Fest May 2020 upcoming announcements
Outriders Broadcast (May 28, 12 p.m. Eastern) - learn more about the upcoming third-person shooter
Summer Game Fest's reveals are starting early in May, though as of May 22 all of the announced events have occurred. The first major presentation of the Summer Game Fest was May 7's Xbox Series X-focused Inside Xbox. Since then, the reveal of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, Unreal Engine 5, more Ghost of Tsushima gameplay details, and the release date reveal for Valorant have all been a part of Summer Game Fest.
While it's technically not Summer Game Fest branded, the next major event from a participating company is the Outriders broadcast on May 28 that will reveal more info about Square Enix and People Can Fly's sci-fi third-person shooter releasing for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X this fall.
Summer Game Fest June 2020 announcements
Steam Game Festival (June 9 through June 14) — Play demos of upcoming games on Steam
EA Play 2020 (June 11, 7 p.m. Eastern) — Learn about EA's 2020 lineup.
Night City Wire (June 11) — Learn more about Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red.
Developer Showcase: June (June 22, 11 a.m. Eastern) - several indie and AAA reveals
We then move on to June, the month in which E3 2020 was supposed to take place. The first thing highlighted is Steam Game Festival, which will run from June 9 until June 14. During this time, demos of various released and upcoming games will be posted to Steam, which may allow people to recapture a bit of the magic of playing new games at E3.
At 7.pm. Eastern on June 11, 2020, EA will be holding an EA Play 2020 live stream. The press release for it promises that the event will be "about connecting players around the world and bringing them closer to the game franchises they love," so we can probably expect updates on titles like Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21.
On the same day, CD Projekt Red will also show more of Cyberpunk 2077 during a "Night City Wire." That's it for June so far but there will probably be a lot more announcements for games that aren't shifting their reveal window from that month.
Towards the end of the month, a Summer Game Fest Developer Showcase will be held. This is poised to show off upcoming indie and AAA games and is being created with the help of retailer iam8bit and developer Double Fine's Day of the Devs initiative.
Summer Game Fest July 2020 announcements
TennoCon 2020 (July 11) — See what's coming to Warframe next
Ubisoft Forward (July 12, 3 p.m. Eastern) — Learn about Ubisoft's upcoming game lineup.
Developer Showcase: July (July 20) — more AAA and indie game reveals
Xbox 20/20 Presentation (July) — Check out first-party games for Xbox Series X
The schedule gets a bit more scarce once we reach July 2020, though there is one major event from that month that we know about. TennoCon, Digital Extremes' annual event for its free-to-play sci-fi shooter Warframe will take place digitally on July 11. At an event like this, we can expect to hear about future Warframe updates and possibly even next-gen ports.
Next is Ubisoft Forward, a digital event showing the publisher's upcoming games in lieu of an actual E3 press conference. During this presentation, we will probably hear more about Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, and Gods & Monsters as well as some unannounced titles. After that, another Developer Showcase will be held, highlighting even more indie and AAA games.
This July, Microsoft will also be holding a Xbox 20/20 Presentation that should include many of the first-party coming to Xbox Series X. During this presentation, we will probably see games like Halo Infinite and a new Forza. While it isn't listed on the schedule right now, we'd be surprised if it isn't included like the first Inside Xbox presentation once it gets a firm date.
Summer Game Fest August 2020 announcements
Gamescom: Opening Night Live (August 24, 2 p.m. Eastern)
Like July, not too much is known about what announcements will be part of Summer Game Fest in August. That said, we know the event will end with a Gamescom: Opening Night Live event hosted by Geoff Keighley. Summer Game Fest's website calls this the "spectacular, industry-wide finale to SGF," and will feature many new announcements.
Previous Summer Game Fest Announcements:
Inside Xbox (May 7, 11 a.m. Eastern) — Get a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay.
Sunrise #1 (May 12, 12 p.m. Eastern) — Geoff Keighley revealed Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2.
Sunrise #2 (May 13, 11 a.m. Eastern) — Epic Games revealed Unreal Engine 5
Ghost of Tsushima State of Play (May 14, 4 p.m. Eastern) — gameplay details revealed
Valorant Update and Announcement (May 21, 11 a.m. Eastern) — release date confirmed
Check back for more updates to the Summer Game Fest 2020 schedule.
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