E3 2020

E3 2020

Welp… I guess just cancel it this year.

Is E3 going to be a thing in 5 years? I’d guess it won’t.

Wow, I kind of expected them both to come back to build up hype for their new consoles. I know there are many other mediums to do that with now, but I thought E3 was still covered by more of the non-gaming centric outlets than direct to consumer messaging is.

Yeah. I can’t see them being around much longer unless things change. I’m no longer interested in E3. I doubt I’m alone.

Since we have no E3 this year, many companies and other individuals are creating their own thing. Here’s the list so far:

First Look: Xbox Series X Gameplay

What to expect:
"For the Xbox 20/20 May update, we will focus on giving you a first look at next-gen gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from a wide variety of publishing partners and independent developers across the globe and industry, including Ubisoft’s recently announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla , and hear from game creators about what they’re doing with their games on Xbox Series X.

We’ll be confirming games that utilize our new Smart Delivery feature, which ensures that you always play the best version of the games you own for your console, across generations. And all the games you’ll see will be Xbox Series X Optimized, meaning they are built to take advantage of the powerful Xbox Series X features that make games look and feel incredible, including 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second, DirectStorage, hardware-accelerated DirectX raytracing, super-fast load times and much more."


When is it:
May 7, 2020

11 AM ET

Where can I see it:

Sunrise #1: Surprise Game Reveal With Geoff Keighley

What to expect:
Sunrise #1
Join Geoff Keighley for a surprise game reveal.


When is it:
May 12, 2020


Where can I see it:

PC Gaming Show

What to expect:
“The PC Gaming Show will go on! Our show to commemorate the next year of PC games will officially happen on June 6th this year. As ever, we’ll be showcasing some of the coolest games coming to the platform and giving lesser known projects a chance to shine as well. Last year we spoke with Baldur’s Gate 3, Borderlands 3, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, and a bunch of other great stuff. As for this year, that’ll be a surprise!”


When is it:
June 6, 2020
Times TBA

Where can I see it:

EA Play 2020

What to expect:
EA’s list of confirmed titles for 2020 include the usual slate of sports games, including FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, and NHL 21. As for what might be announced at the event, EA is believed to be launching a new sports game soon, while there are also rumors of a “smaller, more unusual” Star Wars game coming from EA Motive. A new Battlefield game is also in development for release in 2021. EA also confirmed more Switch titles are on the way as well as an ‘EA HD’ remaster.


When is it:
June 11, 2020


Where can I see it:

IGN Summer of Gaming

What to expect:
IGN is proud to announce our new Summer of Gaming event, a global, digital event set to begin this June to bring you the latest news and impressions around upcoming games and the next generation of console hardware.

IGN will be collaborating with a number of partners for the Summer of Gaming, including 2K, EA, Xbox, Square Enix, SEGA, Bandai Namco, Amazon, Google Stadia, Twitter, Devolver Digital, THQ Nordic, and more. Expect more details in the coming weeks. The event will include live broadcasts and on-demand programming featuring IGN’s editorial coverage of the work of game developers from around the world.


When is it:
‘Early June’

Where can I see it:

Gamespot 'Play For All’

What to expect:
It’s called GameSpot “Play For All” and it’s a multi-week event that will deliver the biggest summer gaming news, previews, interviews, and more to a global audience, but also raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts.

Beginning in early June and spanning several weeks, Play For All will be the premier destination for gamers worldwide to get up-to-date information on the most exciting announcements. We’re partnering with major video game publishers including Bethesda, CD Projekt Red, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Larian Studios, Google Stadia, Bandai Namco, Private Division, Square Enix, SEGA, and 2K Games, among many others, to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.


When is it:
‘Early June’

Where can I see it:

Thank you for aggregating all these here. It makes it much easier for me!

You are welcome. Here are the ones we are waiting to be announced.

Unconfirmed or To Be Announced Events

• Sony
“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” said a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson. “We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year.” This is what Sony told us in January, but that was before the whole COVID-19 situation started affecting the globe. Apparently this has changed Sony’s plans for the PS5 reveal. Reports saying an April event was planned for the full PS5 reveal, but that is now reportedly delayed to late May or early June (according to Jason Schreier.

• Ubisoft
Ubisoft hasn’t announced yet what its plans are but has said it’s looking into ways to share all its planned announcements online in a “digital experience.”

• Square Enix
We don’t know Square Enix’s plans in the wake of E3’s cancellation but they’re sure to have something to share.

• Bethesda
In past years, Bethesda has held down a pre-E3 in-person presentation with music, videos, and Todd Howard’s bomber jacket. Bethesda has now said that it won’t have a digital showcase in June. Apparently they will still be sharing things about their upcoming games (whew) but it won’t come in that big bonanza format.

• Devolver Digital
Shortly after the news of E3’s cancellation, Devolver tweeted that it’s “bummed” but is planning “a livestream Devolver Direct / press conference and possibly more.”

• Warner Bros.
Bad luck for Warner Bros. Apparently the studio was planning to host its first E3 press conference in 2020. We don’t know what the Bros are planning now, but it would be surprising if the studio doesn’t find a way to share plans online.

• Nintendo
Nintendo directly informed its partner developers that it will not hold a June Direct presentation: full stop. Venturebeat says that Nintendo was going to put on an event, but the declaration of the state of emergency in Japan has made that prospect too difficult. The estimated window for the next Direct is “the very end of summer.” Nintendo specifically needs more time to develop their first party lineup before they’re ready for primetime with a Direct. Also, Nintendo has allegedly informed partners to “not wait” for the Direct if they want to just reveal their projects via solo streams.

I’d recap the MS Inside Xbox event, but according to Twitter, MS removed the video because of the mass amounts of dislikes. I watched it with Kinda Funny on Twitch and I’m glad I did, because without their commentary to fill the void where excitement should be, I’d have fallen asleep.

If you did not see it, the best trailer was for Dirt 5 if that is any indication as to the quality.

Sounds like people didn’t like it because it was touted as a “First Look at Gameplay” showcase and there was almost zero actual gameplay shown off.

EDIT: Just skimmed through the presentation. Half of it seemed to be weak horror games and lame first-person shooters. That said, I am excited about Vampire: The Masqurade, Yakuza and maybe Dirt 5. Pretty sure those are all releasing on other platforms though.

Yeah, what Threc said. It was lame.

Do you think that’s what they had lined up for E3? If so, sheesh.

No gameplay, but also nothing looked “next gen” except for maybe the very first trailer. Everything else looked like it could run on current systems. The Vampire game especially looked old.

It was lame as shit. Did nothing to make me want a new system.

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They’ve hyped this one as being something big. PS5 reveal? Mass Effect? Other rumors you may have heard? What could it be?

Did I just read you predict Mass Effect as something big? Haven’t they tarnished that brand enough where it barely qualifies as something at all?

I’ve heard a Remastered rumor. That would be big.

Turns out it was just the reveal of Unreal Engine 5 running a demo on PS5.

Quite impressive though, but wish it was an actual game reveal. I’d play that.

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I dunno how much you guys are interested in tech demos like this, but this particular demo is crazy for at least a couple of reasons; First is that it’s running in real-time and not a pre-rendered video showcase. Second is that it’s running on a “next-gen” console.

There’s a number of tech details they go over in the video for those that like hearing numbers and tech words, but the TL;DR is that a lot of what makes UE5 so ground-breaking is the progress in efficiency, not only with the development side of things but also with rendering. The fact that their character was able to run down that cliff without the engine chugging or hitching is extremely impressive.

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