So. Covid is still here. It sucks. Isolation is still a thing, it sucks too, but not as much as catching covid-19 would suck. And, at least with isolation, we have video games. Although a lot of them are being delayed, and we didn’t get E3 this year, but that’s okay because we’re getting something just as cool that lasts way longer. Meet Summer Game Fest, a project headed up by games industry veteran and good boy, Geoff Keighley.
Essentially, the idea is this: A bunch of developers get together to bring not just new announcements and news, but also in-game events and free playable content! So basically it’s like E3 if E3 went from May until August and let everyone get hands on, not just the people who are actually lucky enough to get to go (which is a dream that’s fading further and further from my mind… Alas…).
So, who’s involved? 2K, Activision Publishing, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Digital Extremes, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, SQUARE ENIX, Private Division, Riot Games, Steam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. So, all your video game favs, basically.
Each publisher is going to announce their own specific plans for the event in the coming weeks and months, and even more publishers are planning to add their names to this list. So it’s only going to get bigger and better from here, basically. Geoff Keighley, curator of the event, said the following about it:
“In these uncertain and challenging times, it’s more important than ever that video games serve as a common and virtual connection point between us all. SGF is an organizing principle that promises fans a whole season of video game news and other surprises from the comfort of home.”
Platforms like Steam and Xbox will also be offering up limited trials and demonstrations of content, with Steam having their own big event from June 9 to 14, and other platforms are getting ready to announce their own dates in the future.
Our pal Geoff will also be hosting special pre and post shows alongside iam8bit as a way to showcase upcoming games. So, in short, there’s so much content coming our way. Could this be the future of games announcements, given E3 was slowing down already? Will we see this return on a post covid-19 world? Who knows! All I know is that I am very excited for video games.
For more information, check out the official Summer Game Fest website.