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Summer Game Fest 2023: what’s happened and what’s still to come?

Summer Game Fest kicked off with a showcase event that you can watch right here. We also have streams for all the other events.

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Unlike E3, Summer Game Fest is back for 2023 and this time is shaping up to be bigger than ever. That’s not least because the other gaming show was cancelled and there’s a mighty gap to fill.

Over the next few days, there will be related events and showcases from different publishers that tie into Summer Game Fest, but the whole shebang kicked off with a major showcase stream on Thursday 8 June that you can rewatch above. It covered game announcements and updates for all platforms, including PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, mobile, and PC.

Here then is how to follow the rest of the action and everything you need to know about Summer Game Fest.

When did Summer Game Fest 2023 start?

Although some streams started earlier, such as the PlayStation Showcase in May, Summer Game Fest runs from 8 to 12 June 2023. Several major and indie publishers will host their own online showcases during those days (some of which have already taken place).

However, the major Summer Game Fest Opening Showcase opened the extravaganza with a two-hour even on the first day. Hosted once more by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley and featuring some special guests, it was an in-person event and packed to the rafters with game trailers and announcements.

How to watch Summer Game Fest 2023

You can rewatch the Summer Game Fest Opening Showcase via the video at the top of this page.

Alternatively, it can also be found on The Game Awards’ YouTube and Twitch channels.

What other showcases are coming up during Summer Game Fest?

As well as the Opening Showcase, some companies are hosting their own streams. PlayStation held its showcase event in May, but others have timed theirs to directly coincide with the Summer Game Fest schedule.

Check out the the schedule and video feeds for the other events here.

8 June 2023

Day of the Devs held an event showcasing upcoming indie games from two studios/indie publishers, Iam8bit and Double Fine. You can watch it via the main Summer Game Fest video at the top of this page as it streamed after the kickoff show (at 02:17:00).

Devolver Direct was also held on 8 June. It detailed all the games coming soon from Devolver Digital.

9 June 2023

Tribeca Games Spotlight featured gameplay of the games chosen to be part of the Tribeca Festival this year, plus developer interviews. You can watch it again above.

Yesterday, 10 June 2023

Wholesome Direct focused on indie games that “demonstrate the incredible range of themes, styles, and perspectives that games have to offer”.

Future Games Show returned this year with around 40 trailers of new and upcoming games.

Today, 11 June 2023

Xbox Games Showcase is Xbox’s annual gaming event and will feature a whole stack of forthcoming games for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Windows and Xbox Cloud Gaming. There will be plenty of titles coming straight to Xbox Game Pass, while the main show will be followed directly by Starfield Direct. It starts at 10:00 PDT, 13:00 EDT, 18:00 BST.

PC Gaming Show is presented by Future’s PC Gamer and will feature “more than 15” new game announcements. It starts at 13:00 PDT, 16:00 EDT, 21:00 BST.

12 June 2023

Ubisoft Forward will be broadcast live from Los Angeles. It’ll feature announcements and new footage for a host of the publisher’s games, including Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and The Crew Motorfest. It starts at 10:00 PDT, 13:00 EDT, 18:00 BST.

And finally, the latest Capcom Showcase will take place later on the Monday. It’s been confirmed to feature Dragon’s Dogma 2, Exoprimal, and Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective at the very least, and run for “roughly 36 minutes”. There might be some extra surprises as some of the games will “not be suitable for children”. It starts at 15:00 PDT, 16:00 EDT, 23:00 BST.

Summer Game Fest 2023 partners and companies

Here are all the companies signed up to take part in Summer Game Fest this year.

  • Activision
  • Amazon Games
  • Annapurna Interactive
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Behaviour
  • Capcom
  • CD Projekt Red
  • Devolver Digital
  • Digital Extremes
  • Disney Interactive
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Focus Entertainment
  • Gearbox
  • Grinding Gear Games
  • HoyoVerse
  • Kabam
  • Larian
  • Level Infinite
  • Magic the Gathering
  • Neowiz
  • Netflix
  • Nexon
  • Niantic
  • North Beach Games
  • Paradox
  • Pearl Abyss
  • Phoenix Labs
  • Plaion
  • PlayStation
  • Pocket Pair
  • Razer
  • Samsung Gaming Hub
  • Second Dinner
  • Sega
  • Smilegate
  • Square Enix
  • Steam
  • Techland
  • Tribeca Festival
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Games
  • Xbox

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