Summer Game Fest 2022
will officially run thru June, however, a few gaming showcases (now no longer always under the Summer Game Fest banner) will take place in July and August.
Despite Sony, already web website hosting its State of Play event on June 2, Geoff Keighley`s season of gaming formally kicked off on June nine with the Summer Game Fest live showcase. You can find extra info in this cross-industry showcase above.
As with previous years, Summer Game Fest 2022 opened with a live kickoff show, hosted by Keighley, that was jam-packed with reveals, announcements, and updates on some of this year’s biggest games.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg as, in the days following the kickoff show, we’ve seen a slew of live stream showcases from publishers and developers providing updates, reveals, and announcements on their biggest upcoming titles.
Xbox and Bethesda, Sony, Epic Games, and more have already made appearances throughout Summer Game Fest 2022, while even more publishers and developers have showcased on the way. And while Nintendo is glaringly absent as of now, rumors claim a Nintendo Direct showcase is due to take place on June 29.
A ton of publishers and developers have partnered with Summer Game Fest this year. Summer Game Fest 2022 is set to feature over 30 partners, including 2K, Atlus, Epic Games, PlayStation Studios, and Xbox Game Studios. You’ll see that Nintendo is missing from the line-up, but that’s to be expected.
Here’s the full line-up of confirmed Summer Game Fest 2022 partners, as well as the games they’ve been responsible for publishing and/or developing where applicable, to give you a small idea of what to expect at the showcase:
- 2K (The Quarry, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, WWE 2K22)
- Activision Blizzard (Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2)
- Atlus (Persona 5 Royal, Shin Megami Tensei 5, Soul Hackers 2)
- Bandai Namco (Elden Ring, Ace Combat 7, Tekken 7)
- Bloober Team (The Medium)
- Capcom (Monster Hunter Rise, Resident Evil Village, Street Fighter 6)
- Coffee Stain Studios (Goat Simulator, Valheim)
- Deep Silver (Saints Row)
- Devolver Digital (Shadow Warrior 3, Hotline Miami, Loop Hero)
- Digital Extremes (Warframe)
- DotEmu (Streets of Rage 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge)
- Electronic Arts (Need for Speed, Apex Legends, FIFA 22)
- Epic Games (Fortnite)
- Focus Entertainment (A Plague Tale: Requiem, Space Marine 2)
- Frost Giant Studios
- Humble Games (Temtem, Unpacking, Project Wingman)
- Level Infinite (V Rising)
- Mediatonic (Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout)
- Mihoyo (Genshin Impact)
- Netflix Games (Stranger Things 3: The Game)
- PlayStation Studios (Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, The Last of Us 2)
- Raw Fury (Townscaper, Backbone)
- Samsung Gaming Hub
- Sega (Sonic Frontiers, Yakuza: Like a Dragon)
- Square Enix (Final Fantasy 14 Online, Final Fantasy 16, Forspoken)
- Skybound Games (The Callisto Protocol)
- Studio MDHR (Cuphead)
- Tribeca Festival
- Warner Bros. Games (Mortal Kombat 11, Multiversus)
- Xbox Game Studios (Fable, Forza Motorsport, Halo Infinite)
WHAT IS THE SUMMER GAME FEST?
Summer Game Fest is a season of digital events from game publishers and developers. Summer Game Fest isn`t precisely an event – even though its annual kickoff show (which came about on June nine this year) is. Instead, it is an overarching umbrella encompassing many different publisher live streams.
Summer Game Fest changed into installation via way of means of The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley and made its debut in 2020 – filling withinside the hole left via way of means of the canceled E3 2020. The festival ran from May till August in 2020, bringing together 16 of gaming’s biggest publishers, inclusive of Microsoft, Sony, Activision, Valve, and Bethesda, in a four-month cavalcade of news, trailers, and game demos.
Fortunately, Summer Game Fest 2021 was “greater condensed” however come what may larger than ever, running from June thru July 2021, and featured a group of digital stay flow showcases from a number of great publishers and developers inclusive of PlayStation, Xbox, Ubisoft, and Bandai Namco.
This year, the ‘core’ of the event ran from June 9 to June 12 with a whole lot of streams from developers and publishers taking area during that time.
No registration is wanted for Summer Game Fest 2022, with each conference to be had to observe without cost online at the streaming platform of your choice.
EA Play Live
Electronic Arts have confirmed that its annual EA Play Live showcase will not take place this year.
In a statement to IGN, an EA representative said: “We love EA Play Live as it’s our way of connecting with our players and sharing what’s new with all of you. However, this year things aren’t lining up to show you everything on one date. We have exciting things happening at our world-class studios and this year we’ll reveal much more about these projects when the time is right for each of them.”
Typically EA Play is the home of the publisher’s biggest announcements and reveals of the year, so it’s unclear exactly when or how we’ll find out more about highly-anticipated upcoming releases such as FIFA 23, Dragon Age 4, and the Dead Space Remake.
Warhammer Skulls Showcase
The first showcase of the gaming season, the Warhammer Skulls Showcase become full of juicy announcements and reveals. The largest announcement becomes that Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader, a classic-style RPG, is in improvement
even though no launch date becomes given. Two extra Warhammer games, Warhammer 40K: Boltgun and Warhammer 40K: Warpforge, have been additionally announced.
Sony State of Play
The latest Sony State of Play showcase on June 2 was a bit of a mixed bag. Sure, the showcase had some big-hitting announcements and reveals, like the arrival of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on PC, a new trailer (packed with juicy details) for Final Fantasy 16, a deep dive into The Callisto Protocol, a closer look at Street Fighter 6 and the announcement of the Resident Evil 4 remake release date, but we expected more from Sony’s not-E3 conference.
While Sony stated before the showcase that it would focus on third-party and PSVR 2 games, we can’t help but think the event was a bit too safe, relying heavily on sure-hit franchises. Let’s hope there’s another PlayStation showcase up Sony’s sleeve for July or August, where we’ll finally get an update (and release date) on the long-awaited God of War Ragnarok. Missed the showcase? We’ve embedded the video above so you can watch the whole thing for yourself right here.
Sega’s Sonic Central showcase focused on, as you might imagine, all things about everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog. While the showcase featured news on the general Sonic franchise, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s arrival on Blu-Ray and a first look at the Sonic Prime 3D animated show, there was plenty of gaming news to be had.
Summer Game Fest
The Summer Game Fest live showcase, officially kicking off Geoff Keighley’s season of gaming, was full of big announcements, reveals, and updates. This showcase was pretty jam-packed so we’ve rounded up some news from the show, below, for your perusal (make sure to check out the biggest announcements section at the top of this page for the biggest news)
Day of the Devs
Day of the Devs returned for Summer Game Fest 2022, kicking off straight after the Summer Game Fest showcase on June 9. The indie showcase marked its 10th anniversary and was once again hosted by Double Fine and iam8bit. Previous years gave us high hopes and, indeed, this year’s showcase was packed with “unique, diverse, and beautiful” indie games as promised.
Devolver Digital hosted its annual showcase Devolver Direct on June 9 this year. Devolver tends to host the most bizarre showcase of the gaming conference season every year and this year wasn’t any different.
Netflix Geeked Week: Gaming
Netflix’s five-day free virtual event focused entirely on games on June 10. The showcase covered Netflix shows and game announcements. We got confirmation of a new Dragon Age animated show called Dragon Age: Absolution is on the way, as is an animated adaptation of Tekken.
Epic Games Store Summer Showcase
The Epic Games Store hosted its own stream as part of Summer Game Fest. It didn’t feature any huge announcements but it was a speedy show that did, at least, start off strong with a new Lord of the Rings game called Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. It’s a crafting and building game that currently has a release window of Spring 2023. There was also another look at Goat Simulator 3 and the Saints Row Boss Factory.
Tribeca Games Spotlight
The Tribeca Games Spotlight showcase featured gameplay and creator interviews from a lineup of nine officially selected games as part of the Tribeca Games Festival which is running from June 8 to June 19. The games shown were:
- American Arcadia
- As Dusk Falls
- The Cub
- Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course
- Oxenfree II Lost Signals
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Thirsty Suitors
Guerrilla Collective 3
The showcase featured the reveal of the new puzzle-platformer Ugly, release dates for I Was a Teenage Exocolonist and Signals, and a surprise console launch for Industria – plus much more. If you missed it, you can watch the whole thing now via the embedded link above.
Make sure to tune into the Guerrilla Collective 3.5 on June 13 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST (or June 14 at 6am AEST) too, for even more new trailers and gameplay.
Wholesome Direct saw the reveal of Little Bear Chef, Bubblegum Galaxy, and Melodyssey as well as release dates for LumbearJack, Lonesome Village, and Freshly Frosted. There were also updates on existing games like Princess Farmer, Skatebird, and Ooblets. If you missed it, you can watch the whole thing now via the embedded link above.
Future Games Show
The Future Games Show returned on June 11 with the hour-long showcase from our friends at GamesRadar packed with all-new trailers, announcements, and exclusives from the most exciting games of 2022 and beyond.
The showcase featured world premieres for Outpost, Tray Racers, and Enemy of the State, a glimpse at Luto, a gameplay trailer for Morbid Metal, and much more. If you missed it, you can watch the whole thing now via the embedded link above.
Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase
The Xbox and Bethesda Showcase focused on games that will be released over the next 12 months. After delays were announced on some of the featured titles, it was a good idea to keep the spotlight on games coming sooner rather than later.
PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming Show, from our friends at PC Gamer, returned again this year and was packed with never-before-seen gameplay footage from upcoming games, the game reveals, and developer interviews.
We got our first glimpse at Resident Evil Village’s DLC, The Winters’ expansion, which arrives on October 28. This DLC will add a new third-person mode for the campaign, Mercenaries Additional Orders featuring new stages and playable characters and a continuation of the story in Shadows of Rose. Capcom also revealed Resident Evil Re: Verse, the game’s multiplayer experience, will go live on October 28 too.
Xbox Games Showcase Extended
The biggest news from this showcase included the announcement that Valheim is coming to Xbox and Game Pass on day one, the reveal of new content for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the first look at gameplay for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the announcement that Master Chief is coming to Fall Guys.
Multiversus Pro Player Showcase
Warner Bros. is hosting a second Multiversus Pro Player Showcase on June 21 that will see special guests battling it out in the publisher’s free-to-play crossover fighting game.
Focus Entertainment Showcase
Focus Entertainment is hosting a showcase on June 23 that promises to reveal the release date for A Plague Tale: Requiem alongside a new exclusive extended gameplay trailer and “more”.
THQ Nordic is hosting its second annual digital showcase event in August, which will see the publisher showcasing “several brand new games, expanding the company’s portfolio into new genres with both licensed and original gaming experiences”. The company has said the showcase will be packed with “loads of announcements and first looks” as well as updates on existing games like Outcast 2 and Jagged Alliance 3.
QuakeCon will once again be a digital-only event this year, with Bethesda confirming that the event will feature giveaways, online meetups, and charity opportunities. We also expect we could get updates and announcements on upcoming Bethesda and id Software games like Starfield and Redfall. Bethesda has confirmed it will reveal more details on QuakeCon 2022 in June and that it plans for QuakeCon 2023 to be an in-person event.
Gamescom 2022: Opening Night Live
Producer and host Geoff Keighley has confirmed Opening Night Live, Gamescom’s own gaming showcase, is returning again for Gamescom 2022 (with Keighley hosting once again) with this year’s showcase taking place on August 23, the day before the event officially kicks off.
according to Sony Santa Monica’s Alanah Pearce, Nintendo plans to host its own showcase on June 29. This claim has been corroborated by both VGC and TechRadar’s own sources.
We’re not hugely surprised that Nintendo will indeed host its own showcase this June, given that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and Splatoon 3 are due to release this year, and Breath of the Wild 2 is set to release in 2023.