With E3 2020 canceled, the summer time is and not using a main occasion to anchor the most important online game bulletins. But in E3’s absence, publishers, media shops, and occasion organizers are filling the vacuum with occasions of their very own. They’ll be unfold all through the summer time, with many occasions scheduled for the week that E3 2020 was purported to happen, stretching out via late August’s Gamescom, which can exist in a digital format solely.
Major corporations like Microsoft and Sony are certain to have loads of occasions all through the summer time (and fall) to hype up the launches of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, respectively. Xbox will get its large coming-out occasion in July, whereas Sony will reportedly carry the veil on PS5 video games in June. As for Nintendo, it seems content material to drop large recreation bulletins on any given Thursday, Nintendo Directs be damned.
Here’s an ever-evolving take a look at the gaming occasions, livestreams, and digital showcases that may run all through summer time 2020.
PC Gaming Show – June 6
The annual present from PC Gamer, which has been timed with (however not formally sanctioned by) E3, will return in 2020. On Saturday, June 6, the PC Gaming Show will broadcast a full day of livestreamed programming with assist from GamesRadar, Paradox Interactive, and The Guerrilla Collective.
EA Play Live – June 11
Electronic Arts is popping its annual E3-adjacent showcase right into a digital occasion. The EA Play Live broadcast will function recreation reveals, updates, group content material, and extra. Viewers can tune in on Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. EDT on EA’s website.
Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire – June 11
The extremely anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 would be the focus of a livestream from CD Projekt Red. Details are scant, however anticipate the developer to do one other deep dive on the sport forward of its Sept. 17 launch.
Day of the Devs – June 22 / July 20
Double Fine Productions, iam8bit, and The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley will maintain two separate developer showcase occasions, one on June 22 and one other on July 20. Both occasions can be livestreamed and have gameplay, information, and musical performances. Developers and publishers confirmed to seem embrace Akupara Games, Annapurna Interactive, The Behemoth, Finji, Kowloon Nights, Longhand Electric, MWM Interactive, Panic, Sabotage Studio, Skybound Games, Workforce17, thatgamecompany, Tribute Games, and ustwo video games.
New Game Plus Expo – June 23
The New Game Plus Expo will convey collectively 14 builders and publishers, a lot of that are headquartered in Japan, for an occasion livestreamed on Twitch on June 23 from 12-7 p.m. EDT. Confirmed to seem are corporations like Sega, Koei Tecmo, Arc System Works, NIS America, SNK, and Spike Chunsoft.
BitSummit Gaiden – June 27-28
Since 2013, Japanese indie builders have had BitSummit in Kyoto to showcase their wares. This yr, with BitSummit canceled, the organizers are taking the present on-line, with livestreams and demos from 80 builders.
Xbox Game Studios showcase – date TBD
After giving third-party publishers time to showcase their upcoming Xbox Series X video games, Microsoft will give its in-house studios a devoted occasion of their very own. Expect new particulars on Xbox Game Studios titles like 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite and Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, and hopefully many extra, contemplating Microsoft’s deep bench of owned recreation builders.
Ubisoft Forward – July 12
Ubisoft Forward can be a “fully digital showcase with exclusive game news, reveals and more,” in response to writer Ubisoft. With lots extra to disclose on video games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and updates on delayed video games like Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine, Ubisoft is more likely to have a packed occasion. The present begins at 3 p.m. EDT.
Evo Online – July 4-Aug. 2
The annual Evo preventing recreation match will happen on-line this yr over the course of 5 weekends — an occasion known as Evo Online. And whereas the main focus at Evo is the match itself, publishers like Bandai Namco and Capcom at all times present up with one thing new. So anticipate reveals after the day’s preventing recreation motion wraps up.
Gamescom Opening Night Live – Aug. 27
Germany’s large gaming conference, Gamescom, gained’t have a bodily occasion this yr. Instead, like every little thing else, it’s going surfing. The large reveals will probably occur at Opening Night Live, the Geoff Keighley-produced dwell occasion that debuted in 2019 and was full of recent recreation reveals.