Summer Game Fest is officially returning in June. The digital video game showcase was announced one day after a new set of rumors emerged about E3’s own digital 2021 plans.
Summer Games Fest was founded last year by Geoff Keighley. The four-month event served as a way for developers to show off their game announcements last summer after E3 2020 was canceled. Keighley previously said that the event would return this year, but now we have some firm details on what it will entail.
The showcase starts in June, though no exact date was given. It’ll highlight both AAA and indie games over the course of different events. The first confirmed event is Day of Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition. Co-produced by Double Fine and iam8bit, the digital showcase will feature exclusive news and gameplay reveals. Developers can currently submit their games for consideration.
More details on what developers are participating in the show and the planned schedule are coming over the next few weeks. Fans will be able to tune in via major streaming platforms, such as Twitch.
The announcement comes just as more confusion has set in about the future of E3. A new report from VGC says that the ESA is planning on rebranding E3 as the Electronic Entertainment Experience for its 2021 digital show. According to the report, it has considered introducing some form of paywall for the show, which could be how fans access hands-on demos.
E3 took to Twitter to deny the rumors, tweeting, “E3’s 2021 digital show is a free event for all attendees. We’re excited to fill you in on all the real news for the event very soon.” No official details about the show have been revealed otherwise, except that it will take place from June 15 to June 17.
- E3 2022 won’t happen in-person (and Summer Game Fest has already clapped back)
- Everything announced at the 2021 Game Awards
- An unreleased Mortal Kombat game has popped up on eBay
- Xbox Games Showcase: 6 highlights from Microsoft’s E3 follow-up
- New Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 video details game’s development progress