Summer — Game — Fest. No, that’s not the name of the latest music compilation from trendy radio coming this summer. Nor is it a music festival. It’s the name of a video game event. And more specifically, a festival, because it will last four months (just that). To allow you to find your bearings a little more, to understand why this first event arrives in 2020, what are the challenges, the key dates to remember, as well as the main announcements, we offer you a great summary.
– What is the Summer Game Fest?
– Why organize this first Summer Game Fest in 2020?
– What is the course of this event?
– What are the dates to remember and watch?
– What are the first announcements for the moment?
The Summer Game Fest is an event that will take place during the months of May, June, July and August 2020 to cover much of the news in the video game industry. Announcement of new games, presentation of upcoming games, online events, news, events in current games and more. This event is orchestrated by Geoff Keighley, the famous producer of the Game Awards and host of several conferences in the video game world (such as the opening conference of Gamescom).
2020 was to be a historic year for the video game industry. Seven years after the simultaneous launch of PS4 and Xbox One, a new generation of consoles is expected to arrive by the end of the year. Thus, throughout the twelve months of 2020, we should have had great conferences, great announcements from the manufacturers (Sony and Microsoft), but also from the publishers to reveal the games of tomorrow . Alas, with the Covid crisis19 and more than half of the planet confined to her home, plans have changed drastically. And, the big events, logically canceled. Whether it is E3, the biggest video game fair in the world, Gamescom, the Tokyo Game Show or even Paris Games Week, all these events will not take place in 2020. While Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show have already announced that a digital edition of their event will still be on the program, ESA (the Entertainment Software Association), organizer of E3, planned to do an "E3 Online". But apparently another agreement was reached with producer Geoff Keighley (who was not scheduled to attend E3 this year). Since E3 Online was canceled and a few days later we learned of the Summer Game Fest. This event therefore has the sole purpose of covering next-gen news and replacing E3.
Communication around the Summer Game Fest is still quite confusing. The event takes place over four months and already offers meetings for the months of May, June, July and August. However, when it was announced, we were able to discover a fairly interesting image. We could discover that it was the "lineup" of the "Phase 1" of the Summer Game Fest. Trouble? We don't know when phase one starts, when it stops, or how many phases we're going to have in total. In addition, we also do not know what the brands represent on this promotional poster. Conferences ? The announcement of new games? The presentation of games already announced? In-game events? At the moment, it is a little too early to confirm this. In any case, on the official website of the Summer Game Fest, events are already planned for the next four months.
Regarding this first lineup, we can see that 16 fairly important brands from the video game industry are present. Are they going to participate in a PlayStation and / or Xbox conference? (Ubisoft is not, for example, present, but a glimpse of Assassin's Creed Valhalla was on the Inside Xbox program last Thursday). In any case, while waiting to see what these brands are preparing, here is what we can expect from them.
- 2K Games: Bioshock, Mafia, Borderlands
- Activision: Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot
- Namco Bandai: Dragon Ball Z, The Dark Chronicles
- Bethesda: The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein
- Blizzard: Wow, Warcraft, Overwatch 2
- Bungie: Destiny 2
- CD Projekt: CyberPunk 2077
- Digital Extremes: Bioshock
- Electronic Arts: FIFA, The Sims, Madden, Need For Speed, Battlefield…
- PlayStation: PS5, God of War, Spiderman, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last Of Us Part II…
- Private Division: The Outer Worlds
- Riot Games: League of Legends, Valorant
- Square Enix: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Tomb Raider, Marvel’s Avengers
- Steam: Steam events
- Warner Bross: Batman, LEGO Star Wars, RPG Harry Potter
- Xbox: Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite, Hellblade 2, Forza Motorsport 8
From May to August, there will be several dates to tick on our calendar to make sure you don't miss anything related to video game events. Here is a list to help you find your way!
- 07 MAY – Inside Xbox: The first gameplay of next-gen games (5 p.m.)
- MAY 12 – Sunrise 01: A surprise game announced by Geoff Keighley (6 p.m.)
- MAY 13 – Sunrise 02: A surprise announced by Geoff Keighley (6 p.m.)
- MAY 14 – State of Play: Special presentation of Ghost of Tsushima (10 p.m.)
- JUNE 11 – EA Play Live: Electronic Arts reveals its future (01h)
- JUNE 11 – Night City Wire: An event to discover a little more about CyberPunk 2077 (No time yet).
- JUNE 9-14 – Steam Game Festival: Play the next PC games on Steam and make your wishlist
- 11 JULY – Tennocon 2020: An annual event dedicated to Warframe by Digital Extremes (No time yet).
- JULY 12 – Ubisoft Forward: A digital event worthy of E3 | info on exclusive games, new ads and many more surprises. (9 p.m.)
- JULY – Xbox: Presentation of Xbox Games Studios games (No time yet).
- AUGUST 24 – Open Night Live: The opening ceremony of Gamescom with a lot of announcements and surprises (8 p.m.)
(UPDATE) MAY 15, 2020
For the moment, the announcements that we can take away from this Summer Game Fest are:
- MAY 06, 2020 – The new trailer for The Last Of Us Part II – Although it is not part of the official announcements of the Summer Game Fest, it remains an event that coincides with the launch of the festival. The opportunity for players to discover the "Story Trailer" of the Naughty Dog game which will arrive on June 19, 2020 exclusively on PS4.
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- MAY 07, 2020 – Microsoft unveils the first games of the Xbox Series X. A dozen titles like Bright Memory Infinite, The Medium, Call of the Sea or Dirt 5. A 45-minute meeting to unveil the first modest games of the future console from Microsoft (more info with a summary of announcements right here).
- MAY 12, 2020 – The first "Sunrise" presented by Geoff Keighley was a nice surprise for fans of Skate games, since the producer of the Summer Game Fest announced alongside Tony Hawk the remaster of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2! Release scheduled for September 4, 2002 on all current media (PS4, One, PC, Switch).
- MAY 13, 2020 : Announcement of Mafia Trilogy, a remaster of Mafia (2004), Mafia II (2010) included with Mafia III (2016). The presentation of the game is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
- MAY 13, 2020 : Epic Games unveils a technical demo of their new Unreal Engine 5 engine. A real time demo on PlayStation 5 which is quite impressive.
- MAY 15, 2020 : While it is expected for July 17, 2020, Ghost of Tsushima, the long-awaited game of Sucker Punch (Sly Cooper, inFamous), finally shows itself through a long gameplay video. If in the gameplay mechanics, the game shows things already seen, we can still highlight a very beautiful artistic direction and an atmosphere that seems really unique and that promises to make us live a long and beautiful journey!