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Every summer 2023 gaming showcase: full schedule of live streams

Summer is one of the most exciting times to be a gamer, as it’s when most video game developers and publishers tease what’s coming next. For years, this was all centered around E3, but since that show went away during the COVID-19 pandemic, publishers have switched things up and held a variety of reveal-focused live-stream events over the course of the entire season. This year is shaping up to be no different, especially now that E3 2023 is canceled.

On May 24, Sony kicked things off with a PlayStation Showcase that revealed things like a Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake and that Bungie is reviving the Marathon series. As we enter June, though, the number of showcases is only going to ramp up. From Meta to Microsoft to gaming’s main man Geoff Keighley, a lot of live-stream events have already been announced. It can be a lot to keep track of, but we’re here to help. This is every important, announcement-filled video gaming live stream happening over the course of summer 2023.

PlayStation Showcase: May 24

A promo image detailing Sony's 2-23 PlayStation Showcase.

The PlayStation Showcase kicked things off this year on May 24. The livestream was packed with new game announcements, including Haven Studios’ Fairgame$, Konami’s Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, Bungie’s Marathon, Firewalk Studios’ Concord, Arrowhead Studios’ Helldivers 2, and Square Enix’s Foamstars.

Meta Quest Gaming Showcase: June 1

A main visual featuring the date and time of the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase.

The first major announcement-filled livestream of June was the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, where we got a look at a lot of games coming to the montser hMeta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, and the newly announced Meta Quest 3. The biggest reveals of this event included Samba de Amigo, Bulletstorm VR, and Asgard’s Wrath 2.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak: Final Digital Event: June 7

A team of hunters and their Palico companions fighting the vampiric dragon Malzeno in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak key art.

Monster Hunter fans will want to keep this live stream on their radar. It starts at 7 a.m. PT on June 7 and will reveal a lot of new information on the Bonus Update for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. It will be the final digital showcase that Capcom holds for this game, and it will also feature a developer roundtable where they discuss the game and expansion’s developments.

Guerrilla Collective Showcase: June 7

Guerrilla Collective Showcase 2023 key art.

Those who enjoy indie games will want to tune into the Guerrilla Collective Showcase at 9 a.m. PT on June 7. This is one of the best summer showcases for indie games, as a wide variety of developers and publishers will show off what they have in the works via new announcements and trailers.

Summer Game Fest: June 8

The official artwork confirming Summer Game Fest's return on June 8, 2023.

Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest showcase returns yet again at 12 p.m. PT on June 8. It has been confirmed that over 40 publishers are set to make announcements during Summer Game Fest, including Activision, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom, CD Projekt Red, EA, Niantic, PlayStation, Sega, Square Enix, Warner Bros. Games, and Xbox.

Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition: June 8

Key art for 2023's Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition.

Just as Summer Game Fest is returning on June 8, the Days of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition that directly follows it is also coming back. This showcase puts the spotlight on upcoming indie games, and we know this year’s presentation will feature games from AdHoc Studio, Die Gute Fabrik, Evil Licorice, Geometric Interactive, Heart Machine, iam8bit Presents, Impossible, Land & Sea, Lululu Entertainment, Moonloop Games, Phantom Coast, Sad Owl Studios, Shape Shop, Studio Sai and Wishes Unlimited.

Devolver Direct: The Return of Volvy: June 8

Key art for Devolver Direct: The Return of Volvy.

Devolver Digital loves to inject a little bit of insanity into video game reveal season every year, and 2023 is no different. At 3 p.m. PT on June 8, it will air Devolver Direct: The Return of Volvy. This year’s show is centered around Volvy, a totally real gaming mascot that Devolver is now claiming has been present for over 30 years and has appeared in games like Hotline Miami and Cult of the Lamb. If you know anything about Devolver’s shows, you know things with Volvy are going to get weird. If you’re just concerned about games, Devolver has confirmed the presentation will include new game announcements and that there will be playable demos of some of the featured games.

Access-Ability Summer Showcase 2023: June 9

Access-Ability Showcase Key Art

At 8 a.m. PT on June 9, YouTube creator LauraKBuzz will hold the Access-Ability Summer Showcase 2023. This showcase will include 15 games and highlight all of the accessibility features included in them.

Tribeca Games Spotlight: June 9

Key art for 2023's Tribeca Festival

The Tribeca Festival is once again holding a game showcase to highlight its selections this year. This showcase will give us new looks at seven games: A Highland Song, Chants of Sennaar, Despelote, Goodbye Volcano High, Nightscape, Stray Gods, and The Expanse: A Telltale Series. It will be streamed on Tribeca’s YouTube Channel at 3 p.m. PT on June 9.

Wholesome Direct: June 10

Key art for 2023's Wholesome Direct.

Cozy games that trade in intense combat and dark themes for more lighthearted aesthetics are a growing trend in the game industry, and they even have a dedicated gaming showcase. Wholesome Games is holding another Wholesome Direct at 9 a.m. PT on June 10. During that live stream, Wholesome Games says it will show “an hour of exclusive footage and announcements from 70+ amazing indie games.”

Future Games Show: June 10

Future Games Show 2023's key art

GamesRader+ is going to hold another Future Games Show at 10 a.m. PT on June 10.  A GamesRadar+ article about the showcase promises that it will contain more than 40 new trailers for games coming out across all major gaming platforms. Expect some interesting indie and AA announcements that didn’t make it into other showcases to be featured here.

OTK Games Expo: June 10

Key art for the OTK Games Expo

Streamer-run media company OTK will hold its second annual OTK Games Expo at 11 a.m. PT on June 10. This event will be hosted by content creators Asmongold, Emiru, Esfand, Mizkif, and Sodapoppin and will feature over 30 indie games.

Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct Double Feature: June 11


Starting at 10 a.m. PT on June 11, Microsoft is going to hold two showcases back to back. First is the Xbox Games Showcase, which Microsoft says will feature “new surprises and first looks from our incredibly talented internal studios and our many creative partners around the world.” Immediately after that comes the Starfield Direct, which will provide a meaty deep dive into Bethesda Game Studios’ next RPG ahead of its September release.”

PC Gaming Show: June 11

PC Gaming Show 2023 date and time.

At 1 p.m. PT on June 11, PC Gamer will hold yet another PC Gaming Show. As its title suggests, the primary purpose of this showcase is the highlight upcoming indie and AA games intended to release on PC over the coming months. If that’s your primary gaming platform, you definitely want to keep an eye on this presentation.

Ubisoft Forward: June 12

After pulling out of E3 2023, Ubisoft told Video Games Chronicle that it “will be holding a Ubisoft Forward Live event on [June 12] in Los Angeles.” It went on to confirm in a tweet that the showcase would take place at 10 a.m. PT on that day. Hopefully, it gives us another look at games like Assassin’s Creed Mirage and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

Capcom Showcase: June 12

Key art for the 2023 Capcom Showcase.

At 3 p.m. PT on June 12, there will be a third annual Capcom Showcase. The Street Fighter 6  publisher says the show will contain “new information about Capcom’s upcoming releases and future titles.” Hopefully, that means we’ll get new looks at titles like Exoprimal and Dragon’s Dogma 2 as well as the Resident Evil 4 remake’s VR mode. Capcom doesn’t typically announce new games during these showcases, though.

Xbox Games Showcase Extended: June 13

Following up Microsoft’s two June 11 presentations is Xbox Games Showcase Extended at 10 a.m. PT on June 13. This live stream will be slower-paced and give deeper dives into some of the games shown off during the June 11 live stream. It may also contain some smaller-scale announcements of its own.

Guerrilla Collective Presents Dames 4 Games and Black Voices in Gaming: June 13

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Dames 4 Games

Guerrilla Collective will follow up with more programming on June 13 as well. It begins with the Dames 4 Games showcase at 1 p.m. PT, which will highlight women who work in the video game industry and the games that they make through interviews and new game trailers. After that will come the Black Voices in Gaming show at 3 p.m. PT, which will do something similar for game developers from the Black community.

UploadVR Showcase: June 14

Upload VR showcase key art

Following up the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase is yet another VR-centric presentation. Expect this show to be a bit more indie-focused, highlighting some of the smaller and more experimental VR titles on the horizon. The showcase is sponsored by game developer nDreams, so it’s possible we see some of its games like Synapse, Powerwash Simulator VR, and Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord there.

RGG Summit Summer 2023: June 15

Key art for RGG Summit Summer 2023

Fans of Like A Dragon (the series formerly known as Yakuza) will want to tune into RGG Summit Summer 2023 at 8 p.m. PT on June 15. During this live stream, Sega developer RGG Studios will give us another look at what it is working on. Hopefully, we’ll get new glimpses at the games it revealed at last September’s summit, including Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name and Like a Dragon 8.

THQ Nordic Digital Showcase: August 11

THQ Nordic Digital Showcase save the date

Jumping to August, we can expect the third annual THQ Nordic Digital Showcase at 12 p.m. PT on August 11. The Embracer Group-owned game publisher has confirmed that the showcase will give us new looks at Alone in the Dark, Outcast 2, and Trine 5, in addition to some world premiere announcements.

Destiny 2 Showcase: August 22

A screenshot revealing Destiny 2: The Final Shape's August showcase.

During the PlayStation Showcase in May, Bungie actually revealed that it will be holding an event of its own at a currently undisclosed time on August 22. On that date, it will hold a Destiny 2 Showcase focused on giving us details on the game’s next expansion, The Final Shape.

Gamescom Opening Night Live: August 22

Geoff Keighley hosting Gamescom Opening Night Live.

Geoff Keighley’s annual Gamescom showcase returns at 11 a.m. PT on August 22. Like Summer Game Fest, Gamescom Opening Night Live is yet another place where developers of all shapes and sizes from different corners of the industry will show off their upcoming games ahead of this large European gaming trade show.

Future Games Show @ Gamescom: August 23

Future Games Show @ Gamescom key art.

Keighley isn’t the only one planning to hold a showcase around Gamescom. GamesRadar has also confirmed that another Future Games Show will take place sometime on August 23. Expect it to be similar in format to the June showcase.

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The Lords of the Fallen revives a long-dead Soulslike sequel
Key Art for The Lords of the Fallen shows the worlds of the living and the dead.

During Gamescom Opening Night Live, CI Games' Soulslike sequel Lord of the Fallen 2 finally reemerged with a cinematic trailer narrated by Stranger Things' Joseph Quinn. It confirms that the game is now called The Lords of the Fallen and is in active development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
The Lords of the Fallen - Announcement Trailer | Wishlist on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S #DareToHope
While the trailer doesn't show any gameplay, a press release gives more context for what players can expect from this Soulslike RPG. The Lords of the Fallen is set 1,000 years after its 2014 predecessor and will have players exploring the realms of the living and the dead, completing quests for NPCs and slaying tough enemies along the way. This game's world is five times larger than that of the original Lords of the Fallen, it features online co-op, and everything is being enabled by Unreal Engine 5. 
Although The Lords of the Fallen looks like a promising Soulslike RPG on its own, the most interesting thing about this game is its journey to release. Developers CI Games and Deck13 launched the original Lords of the Fallen in 2014 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. While reviews for it were middling, a sequel was announced soon after with a 2017 release window, although Deck 13 was not involved. Its development was rife with issues, and CI Games made little progress internally before the team was significantly downsized. In 2018, CI Games announced a partnership with a developer called Defiant Studios to finish the game. Unfortunately, that collaboration ended a year later, and Lord of the Fallen 2 fell back into development limbo.
After that, development moved to Hexworks, an internal development team of over 75 people at CI Games. It has reinvented this project as The Lords of the Fallen, more of a successor than a direct sequel, and that's the version of the game we'll get if all goes well. That's certainly a much more complicated development process than you'd expect from a sequel to a mediocre Soulslike from the mid-2010s, and it's what makes it one of the more exciting announcements from Gamescom Opening Night Live.
While CI Games previously suggested that this game will come out in 2023, no release window accompanied this announcement. We do know The Lords of the Fallen will be available for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S if it finally launches, though. 

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Everything announced at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022
Sonic looks surprised in a Sonic Frontiers trailer.

Gamescom, the biggest gaming event in Europe, is here once again. Alongside it, we got another reveal-filled livestream organized by Geoff Keighley, the man behind Summer Game Fest Kickoff and The Game Awards. As the final big gaming showcase of the summer, Gamescom Opening Night Live gave developers another opportunity to highlight games they will release throughout the rest of 2022 and into early 2023.
Thanks to leaks and teases from Geoff Keighley, we knew a lot of what will show up at Gamescom Opening Night Live. We saw new footage of The Callisto Protocol, Hogwarts Legacy, High On Life, Gotham Knights, and more, and got official announcements for the new version of Dead Island 2 and the release date for Sonic Frontiers. There were still some fun surprises, though. As such, you should check out this list of every game announced during the Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 showcase. 
2022 gamescom Opening Night LIVE (ONL): Official Livestream: Sonic, Hogwarts Legacy, Outlast Trials
Dune Awakening announced by Funcom
Dune: Awakening Announcement Trailer
The second announcement of the show was Dune Awakening. It's an ambitious open-world survival MMO set in the universe of that popular sci-fi franchise. Players must try to survive on Arrakis by building bases, finding resources, and fending off enemy factions. While Funcom has teased for a while, it's nice to have confirmation and a cinematic trailer for the game, finally. There's no release date, but Funcom will hold a beta for Dune Awakening before launch. 
Lords of the Fallen 2 reemerges as The Lords of the Fallen
The Lords of the Fallen - Announcement Trailer | Wishlist on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S #DareToHope
This year's Gamescom Opening Night Live was good for a game stuck in development hell. The Lords of the Fallen is a follow-up to a 2014 Soulslike that was announced then but stuck in development hell ever since. The new trailer narrated by Stranger Things' Joseph Quinn reintroduces us to the series' universe and confirms that The Lords of the Fallen is in active development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
New Tales from the Borderlands is coming much sooner than you think
New Tales from the Borderlands - Official Announce Trailer
2K and Gearbox unveiled New Tales from the Borderlands, and it's out in less than two months! The narrative adventure game set in the Borderlands universe is a successor to one of Telltale's best titles and features a new cast of characters for players to get acquainted with and make choices for. It clearly has Borderlands' trademark style and humor, and we won't have to wait long to see it all in action. New Tales from the Borderlands launches for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.
Sonic Frontiers will actually come out this year
Sonic Frontiers - Story Trailer
While divisive early looks at gameplay made some fans doubt whether or not Sonic Frontiers would release this year, we learned at Gamescom Opening Night Live that it will. A brand new trailer for the game was shown off that confirmed the leaked November 8 release date, which puts the game up against Skull & Bones and God of War: Ragnarok. At launch, Sonic Frontiers will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is getting a multiplayer game
Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game — Official Reveal Trailer
The Director of Friday the 13th: The Game revealed that he is turning the cult classic horror film Killer Klowns from Outer Space into a multiplayer horror game. It launches for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in early 2023 and is simply titled Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game. Players can currently sign up for a bet on the game's website.
Former Bethesda and Obsidian devs announce a new studio and game
WYRDSONG | Announcement Trailer | Something Wicked Games
Former Bethesda Game Studios developer Jeff Gardiner showed up to Gamescom Opening Night Live to unveil Something Wicked Games. This is a brand new studio made up of former Bethesda and Obsidian Entertainment RPGs, and they are making a brand new game called Wyrdsong. Wyrdsong is an occult RPG set in medieval Portugal. While it seems like the game won't be released for a while, Wyrdsong certainly has an intriguing and spooky reveal trailer. If you want to learn more about the game, Jeff Gardiner revealed a lot of new details about Wyrdsong in an interview with Digital Trends.
Dead Island 2 rises from the dead next February
While a leak stole this announcement's thunder, Dead Island 2 was shown off officially for the first time in years at the final announcement at Gamescom Opening Night Live. We were introduced to a brand new version of the game, which follows a group of six Slayers as they fight off the zombie threat in Los Angeles with customizable abilities and brutal combat. After over eight years of waiting, players won't have to wait much longer as Dead Island 2 will be released for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on February 3, 2023.
Everything else

A developer diary and reveal trailer shared the first details of Everywhere. 
PlayStation unveiled the DualSense Edge, a customizable PS5 controller. 
The Callisto Protocol got new gory gameplay and affirmed its December 2 release.
Moving Out 2 was announced with a 2023 release window.
Hogwarts Legacy's new trailer shows off the dangers (and the power) of dark magic.
We got a first look at the Dying Light 2: Bloody Ties expansion and its deadly arena combat. It launches on October 13.
Tortuga: A Pirate's Tale announced. 
Marauders' early access release was confirmed for October 2022.
Destiny 2: Lightfall's cinematic trailer was shown off. 
Parallel Studio and Quantic Dream unveiled the narrative game Under the Waves.
Goat Simulator 3 received a gameplay trailer highlighting co-op, customization, and the chaos players can create. It launches on November 17. 
Return to Monkey Island got a September 19 release date.
Unknown Worlds and Brandon Sanderson unveiled Moonbreaker, a new sci-fi video game inspired by turn-based tabletop games. It enters early access on September 29.
Friends vs. Friends, a card-based shooter, was revealed with a colorfully animated trailer. 
Soulslike Lies of P got a new trailer and was confirmed to be a day one Xbox Game Pass title when it launches in 2023. 
Haemimont Games revealed Stranded: Alien Dawn, which launches into early access in October 2022. 
Focus Entertainment and Deck13 unveiled a new sci-fi IP called Atlas Fallen, coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S in 2023.
Homeworld 3 got a new gameplay trailer.
We got a look at what is coming to Genshin Impact as part of the 3.0 update. 
Honkai Star Rail got a new trailer that teased more of the game's story.
High on Life's latest trailer showed off the kooky weapons in action during a boss fight.
Oculus Quest 2 and Level Infinite's game lineup got ads.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker's PS5 and Xbox Series X ports got a September 20 release date.
Xbox Game Pass for PC released a sizzle reel highlighting available games.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series got a dev diary showcasing some traversal gameplay. It launches in Summer 2023. 
Scars Above got a new trailer.
Age of Empires IV gets the Ottomans and Malians on October 25.
Gotham Knights' new trailer showed some new villains and confirmed that the game will now release on October 21.
Where Winds Meet was revealed. 
Hideo Kojima will release a podcast on Spotify this September. It'll be in both English and Japanese, and the first episode drops on September 8. 
Park Beyond got a new trailer, and a 2023 release for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S release was confirmed. 
Keighley showed off a concept car inspired by Pokemon. 
Warhammer 40K: Darktide got a gameplay overview trailer.
Focus Entertainment released a new trailer for the Baba Yaga game Blacktail, which will launch for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S this Winter. 
All In! Games revealed Phantom Hellcat, a Nier-inspired action game coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
CrossfireX got a new update that addresses many issues that players have with the game and adds new content.
Dorfromantik comes to Nintendo Switch on September 29.
The Outlast Trials will have a closed beta from October 28 until November 1. 
Embark Studios released a teaser trailer for its multiplayer shooter The Finals, which will get a full reveal in September. 

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The new Skate game is a free-to-play live service title with microtransactions
A player does a trick on a skateboard in skate.

In the premiere episode of EA's new dev diary series The Board Room, we learned that the next game in the Skate series -- simply stylized as skate. -- will be a free-to-play title with microtransactions and a live service title that developer Full Circle will support for the foreseeable future. 
The Board Room | skate.
This approach might be a bit worrying for fans who just wanted a more traditional Skate 4, but the developer explains in the video that they really want it to be the only Skate game going forward, which is why they've stylized its title as skate. with a period at the end. Expect it to be a multiplayer-focused live service title that gets frequent updates over time depending on what the developers want to add and what the community requests.
Of course, this free-to-play approach means skate. will have microtransactions. That said, the developers are promising that it won't be pay-to-win as players can't buy in-game advantages, no areas are locked behind a paywall, and there are no loot boxes. They also teased that it's a game that they want to be available everywhere, so players can expect it on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and even mobile devices eventually.
While the business model for skate. was the biggest news from this presentation, a few more specific details about the game were also discussed. We got a look at collaborative zones where players can work together to build skate parks and got confirmation that skate. will have full cross-play when it launches. We also learned the name of the city skate. is set in is called San Vansterdam. It looks like it will be a large playground where players can spend a lot of time skating, grinding, running, and climbing over whatever they come across.
Skate. is currently in development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. There is no final release date just yet, but as EA has previously explained, interested players can sign up to playtest the game before its official launch.

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