Summer Game Fest is back in 2023 for the fourth year in a row. While the month-long event kicks off on June 8th, in a live stream by the creator and host, Geoff Keighley, an event is already scheduled before the “official” start of Summer Game Fest.
The event will be live-streamed on the Summer Game Fest Youtube and Twitch channels at 3 PM EDT/Noon PDT. It will include contributions from over 40 AAA and Indie companies across the industry, including PlayStation, Xbox, and Devolver Digital.
Here are all the events announced:
The first, and most recently announced event, PlayStation Showcase will air on May 24th at 4 PM EDT / 1 PM PDT on both Youtube and Twitch. According to the PlayStation blog post, the event will be a little over an hour. It will feature “several new creations from PlayStation Studios, as well as spellbinding games from our third-party partners and indie creators.”
An Indie presentation from MIX (Media Indie Exchange) will host a total of four live streams that showcase a variety of Indie games. The presentations include:
- Guerilla Collective online showcase
- Publisher Spotlights
- Black Voices in Gaming
- New Dames 4 Games show
Summer Game Fest Showcase
The title show will be the first in-person show since the COVID-19 pandemic. The roughly 2-hour event will be held at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California, on June 8th at 3 PM EDT / Noon PDT, but of course, it will be live-streamed. The live stream will include content from over 40 publishers, including:
- Amazon Games
- Annapurna Interactive
- Bandi Namco
- CD Projekt Red
- Devolver Digital
- Digital Extremes
- Disney Interactive
- Pocket Pair
- Samsung Gaming Hub
- Second Diner
- Smilegate Entertainment
- Square Enix
- Tribeca Festival
- Epic Games
- Focus Entertainment
- Grinding Gear Games
- Level Infinite
- Magic The Gathering
- Warner Bros
- North Beach Games
- Paradox Interactive
- Pearl Abyss
- Pheonix Labs
Day Of the Devs
Double Fine Productions CEO Tim Shauffer and Iam8Bit have been producing Day of the Devs for the last decade, which highlights upcoming indie games. This year’s show, like the previous three years, will follow the Summer Game Fest Showcase and will air at 2 p.m. PDT / 5 p.m. EDT.
Many Indie presentations have begun since the pandemic. The Wholesome Direct is a “Nintendo Direct” style presentation that lasts about an hour and will be on June 10th at 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT. The show began in 2020 and highlights indie games that are more calming, so many are in the visual novel and “simulator” genres, including farming sims, city building, cooking, and many others. Last year’s presentation included Coffee Talk: Episode 2 and Ooblets.
Future Games Show Summer Showcase
GamesRadar+’s bi-annual show is a 1 to 2-hour showcase of upcoming indie games, which will be on June 10th at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT. The presentations have been hosted by various voice actors; this year’s spring presentation, which went live last month, was hosted by Cody Christian and Briana White, who voiced Cloud and Aerith in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This year’s showcase will include “over 40 new trailers, showcasing the most interesting titles on PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, and VR platforms.” according to GamesRadar.
Xbox Games Showcase / Starfield Direct
Xbox will have its annual summer presentation on Sunday, June 11th, at 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT. One of the most anticipated RPGs, Starfield, is getting a standalone presentation immediately thereafter. Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi RPG, Starfield, is set to release on September 6th after many delays.
Back in March, Ubisoft announced its intention to not participate in the now-canceled E3 presentation. As such, Ubisoft Forward, which debuted in 2020, will finish out Summer Games Fest by airing a Ubisoft Forward event on YouTube and Twitch on June 12th at 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT.
PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming Show is dedicated to interviews, showing off new games and PC hardware, so naturally, it is a little longer, usually running between 2-3 hours. Currently, the show is set to air sometime after the Starfield Direct on Sunday, June 11th.
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