Summer Game Fest 2021 will kick off on June 10, with more events from over 30 partners planned to take place throughout the rest of the summer.
Summer Game Fest is returning for its second year on June 10, two days before E3 returns on June 12 after taking 2020 off. Geoff Keighley’s summer-long gaming event began last year following E3 2020’s cancellation due to COVID-19. It served as a means to organize announcements from publishers and developers into a months-long schedule. Publishers of various sizes hosted streams throughout the summer, and Summer Game Fest events like Day of the Devs are returning in 2021.
Aside from Summer Game Fest, E3 is also returning this year. Its long list of participating publishers will include Nintendo, Xbox, Ubisoft, and WB Games, to name a few. It will be a digital-only showcase for the first time, and E3 2021 also marks the first time since 2019 that the broader gaming industry will unite for a few days of announcements, as has been tradition since 1995. After E3 2020 was cancelled, some argued that digital events scattered throughout the summer didn’t have the same impact as a single weekend-long event. However, E3’s comeback will certainly look different from its traditional roots. E3 2021’s hosts are set to guide viewers through the planned presentations from June 12-15, as there will be no in-person event. Though the industry staple event is back, Summer Game Fest – last year’s all-digital E3 substitute – isn’t going anywhere.
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In a post on Twitter, the Summer Game Fest Twitter account announced that Summer Game Fest is returning this year, starting with the “Kickoff Live!” event on Thursday, June 10. The post revealed that over 30 gaming brands will partner with the summer-long festival. Some notable partners include 2K Games, Activision, EA, Epic Games, PlayStation, Square Enix, Ubisoft, WB Games, and Xbox. A press release also confirmed that Weezer will perform at the “Kickoff Live!” event, debuting a “brand new, stream safe game soundtrack song.”
The Summer Game Fest website confirms that Geoff Keighley will return to host the “Kickoff Live!” event on June 10, which promises “a spectacular showcase of world premieres.” Other confirmed events include Ubisoft Forward on June 12, Steam Next Fest on June 16, and EA Play Live on July 22. More events will be added to the schedule throughout the season.
Though the monumental return of E3 is set to draw most of the gaming world’s attention this June, Summer Game Fest is also likely to feature some noteworthy announcements throughout the summer. Publishers will incorporate their reveals into this summer schedule, though E3 partners like Xbox are likely to hold back big reveals for E3 2021.
An interesting member of this year’s Summer Game Fest is PlayStation, which is not planning on hosting its own presentation at E3 this year and hasn’t for some time. Last year, PlayStation hosted a few State of Play streams and its PlayStation 5 reveal event in collaboration with Summer Game Fest, so it’s likely that Sony will host similar events this summer, making announcements through digital streams.
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Source: Summer Game Fest/ Twitter
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