Save the dates!
Due to a certain event that did not start 2020 off well, game showcases (expos, cons, whatever you want to call them) being hosted online has been on the rise. Some were already hosted online, while others are adapting (or completely canceled like E3). While developers can’t physically exhibit their game right now, that doesn’t mean that the word still can’t go out. Though, a big plus was having access to demos for a limited time. First we had Steam Game Festival: Spring Edition, Ludonarrocon, and, most recently, Digital Dragons Indie Celebration. More game showcases has been announced alongside what day(s) it’ll be happening on, but we all know how hard it is to keep track of multiple dates. Just today (May 23), I only got four hours of sleep so I can watch the New Game+ Expo only to realize that it’s next month. Haha, oops. So I decided to gather up all the known showcases so far (as of May 23) into a list to help people like me. I’ll probably come back to update this list if any more showcases are announced for the next couple months or if more information comes out for any of these.
- The Wholesome Direct is set to go live on May 26th at 1pm EDT/10am PDT. This will showcase more than 50 promising upcoming or currently released games that focuses on how the game makes it’s players feel rather than how they play (hence wholesome). It aims to bring joy to developers and those watching. This will feature exclusive footage, developer interviews, and announcements.
If you want a little sneak peek, you can check out their Twitter.
- The PC Gaming Show is returning on June 6 to livestream announcements of upcoming games and exclusive gameplay footage. It doesn’t seem the time the livestream will start has been released yet.
- Indie Live Expo is set to happen on June 6 at 7am EDT/2am PDT and will deliver information on current and future indie titles as well as presenting discussions and presentations.
- Guerilla Collective will take place from June 13 to June 15 and sets out to reveal fresh announcements, trailers, gameplay footage, and more from indie developers. Each stream will start at 1pm EDT/ 10am PDT.
- Upload VR Showcase: Summer Edition is arriving on June 8 and is looking to making a big splash with new game announcements along with deeper looks into them. This will feature over 20 VR games.
- Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition is going to hit Steam from June 16 to June 22 to feature more games and demos for you to play. If you’re itching to try out demos for certain games, make sure to check in so you don’t miss the chance. Who knows, you might find out about an upcoming game you didn’t know about before and just fall in love.
- EA is hosting EA Play Live on June 18 at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT to showcase their games with a live broadcast, community content, and more. From what I can tell, the lineup nor the schedule has yet to be announced.
- Summer Game Fest, which is already hosting a whole season of video game news and events up until August, has recently announced two developer showcases. On June 22 and July 20, Day of the Devs and Game Awards Developer Showcases sets out to highlight upcoming games from indie and AAA developers/publishers.
- Ubisoft will be hosting Ubisoft Forward on July 12 3pm EDT/12pm PDT and will highlight their upcoming titles.
- New Game+ Expo (or NGPX) is going live on June 23 at 11am EDT/8am PDT that will feature 14 game publishers from around the world. The publishers participating will be giving out new announcements, game footage (such as Guilty Gear Strike), and game demos. You can see every publisher that is participating on their website, which ranges from Wayforward to Aksys Games.
- Future Games Show, hosted by GamesRadar, is happening on June 13 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT to showcase the most exciting games of 2020 and beyond in a one hour broadcast featuring exclusive trailers, announcements, and game deep dives.
- Gamespot’s “Play For All” will be a multi-week event that promises to deliver the biggest summer gaming news, previews, interviews, and more while also raising funds for Covid-19 relief efforts. A schedule hasn’t been released yet (other than it’s starting at the beginning of June), but the full list of participating partners is available.
- Ign is also hosting Summer of Gaming sometime in June. The schedule is going to be released next week.
- Game Developers Conference (GDC) is returning with an all digital event from August 4 to August 6. Check out their article about what to expect as this looks like it will mainly focus on developer networking.
- Gamescom 2020 will be hosted from August 27 to August 30 to reveal new games and go over other titles that have already been announced. This will all start with Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 27, which will act like a press conference.