Recently on May 1, Geoff Keighley announced the upcoming mega event Summer Game Fest as an E3’s online replacement.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic several game events and the whole industry have been experiencing major delays and suspension of any further physical events. Considering the precautions announced by WHO, and supporting the initiative #PlayApartTogether, the gaming industry has been encouraging all its players to stay indoors and participate in online events only. Further, mega game events like GDC, SXSW, E3 and Gamescom have been already restricted to online-only or cancelled outright. As these events heavily depend on physical presence and mass gathering, all such game events have been cancelled instantly.
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As an alternative to such physical events, recently on May 1, Geoff Keighley announced Summer Game Fest with collaboration with major players and game makers in the industry. However, this game event will be running for a scheduled period of 4 months which will include the previously announced game, free playable content and upcoming games and many more.
Check out the release announcement from Keighley Official Twitter handle.
In these uncertain and challenging times, it’s more important than ever that video games serve as a common and virtual connection point between us all,” Keighley said in a prepared statement. “SGF is an organizing principle that promises fans a whole season of video game news and other surprises from the comfort of home.
Reportedly Keighley announced Phase 1 Lineup which includes major publishers like 2K, Activision Publishing, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Digital Extremes, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Private Division, Riot Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Steam, Square Enix, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. However, there is no limit with the number of developers coming into the subsequent “Phases” which apparently shows the increment in the Phases further.
The Programming part of the Summer Game Fest will be streamed across Facebook, Mixer, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and more. Also, the developers will be making playable demos for the upcoming games available for a limited time to gamers.
Check out Summer Game Fest Official Website for more details.