With E3 canceled this year and many unsure if it will ever return, the summer risked being a wild west where every publisher and developer created their own events and announcements for no rhyme or reason. For all its flaws, E3 at least organized all the major players in the gaming space into some sort of order that everyone – gamers and press – could follow and plan according to their interests.
In the vacuum left by this iconic summer event full of press conferences, Geoff Keighley has stepped up in recent years to introduce a new system for keeping order during summer announcements.
The Summer Game Fest is quite different from Keighley’s longer and more established Game Awards held in December. Each year has looked slightly different, but as summer draws nearer, more and more details about how this year’s Summer Game Fest will unfold. It’s shaping up to be the event of the year for gamers, so we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Summer Game Fest so you can catch all the exciting news, announcements and more.
What is Summer Game Fest?
The Summer Game Fest is the brainchild of gaming industry legend Geoff Keighley which, in his words, is “the world’s first all-digital celebration of video games”. He has personally hosted this event every year since 2020 with the goal of giving publishers and developers a way to present their projects to the world in an organized and professional manner. The Summer Game Fest kicks off with a live showcase hosted by Keighley that features game announcements and reveals. Last year’s launch event included the very first gameplay showcased for Ring of Eldena reveal of The wonders of Tiny Tina, and even Jeff Goldblum seeming to announce Jurassic World Evolution 2. This event will then be followed over the summer by a series of streams prepared by developers and publishers to showcase new games, give updates on those slated for launch, or make any other major announcements.
The first Summer Game Fest was more of an organizational tool to use to track when each publisher hosted their own showcases, and technically ran from May through August, but 2021 managed to condense them between June and July and featuring nearly all of the biggest names in the industry, including Microsoft, Nintendo, and Ubisoft.
That’s right: watch all the reveals, surprises and announcements with your friends at select IMAX theaters for total immersion 🙂
It’s going to be cool ! IMAX LIVE! pic.twitter.com/dvQPIgqF09
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) May 5, 2022
Announcement by Twitter, Summer Game Fest 2022 will kick off with a live broadcast on June 9. Summer Game Fest Live, as this showcase is called, will air this Thursday starting at 11 a.m. PT and will include a “cross-sector showcase with announcements, reveals, and more.” In addition to watching it at home, Summer Game Fest has also partnered with IMAX to screen this opening event in select theaters. We don’t yet know how long this initial livestream will last. According to the official website, while not all dates are set, so far the only scheduled events are in June.
After this live event, the next digital showcase scheduled for Summer Game Fest will be the Tribeca Games Spotlight on June 10 at noon PT, followed by the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12 at 10 a.m. PT.
More partners and digital events are expected to be announced closer to the event, so we’ll update you here on any new additions.
How to watch
What can we expect to see?
So far, there’s been no real hint as to what exactly we can expect at this year’s Summer Game Fest. However, a list of all partners currently confirmed to be part of the event in one form or another is listed. In alphabetical order, the list includes:
- Amazon Games
- Snow storm
- epic games
- Inner laziness
- Koch Media
- bandai namco
- raw fury
- Riot Games
- First game
- Tencent Games
- Tribeca Party
- Warner Bros.
- Wizards of the Coast
The big names we expect to have major announcements to make from this list include Sony, Xbox, Capcom, Sega, Square Enix, and hopefully a few surprises as well. Considering that Xbox and Bethesda are the only majors to hold their own conference so far, we can only count on them to have a fair amount of stuff to show for now.