E3 2022: What to Expect at Summer Game Fest

The official E3 has been canceled for 2022, and it sure looks like it might be dead for real this time around, but the E3 schedule remains alive in spirit as major publishers host their own independent live streams. Alongside them are group events like the Summer Game Fest and our very own PC Gaming Show bringing even more announcements. there is still plenty next games this year to look forward to and we will see many of them this summer.

So far, the ‘E3 timeline’ for 2022 appears to be much more manageable than the last couple of years. In 2020 and 2021, events were spread out, making it hard to keep track of when to tune in to the games and publishers you were really interested in week by week. So far, for the 2022 schedule, early June is the time to watch. Publishers’ showcases may end up going out over the summer once they’re announced, and we’ll keep track of all the days and times you need to know here.

Here is the ‘E3’ 2022 development schedule and the Summer Game Fest schedule:

‘E3’ 2022 schedule: live streams to watch

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Xbox and Bethesda

Live broadcast: Sunday, June 12 at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern / 6 pm BST on Muscular contraction and Youtube

What to expect:
Now that Xbox Games and Bethesda are under one roof with Microsoft, they too have teamed up for a summer showcase. In between the two, there are a lot of great games we want to hear about. With the release date just around the corner, we’re likely to have a genuine vision starfield. From Microsoft, there are all sorts of likely entrants: ongoing updates on Minecraft and Halo Infinite, plus possible glimpses of Obsidian’s new RPG Declared or maybe fable 4.

PC game program

Live broadcast: Sunday, June 12, time to be determined in Muscular contraction and Youtube.

What to expect:
Oh, the PC Gaming Show? Yes, we’re coming back this summer too with another showcase of never-before-seen gameplay footage from the upcoming games. As in previous years, we will be doing game reveals and talking to developers during the show as well. You can expect a mix of big reveals from game series you know and smaller games that could be the next indie hit.

Future Games Show

Live broadcast: Sunday, June 12, time to be determined in Muscular contraction and Youtube.

What to expect:
Our friends at Gamesradar are also hosting the annual Future Games Show on June 12, which will focus on games across all platforms, as opposed to our PC-specific show. They will also share never-before-seen footage of games from major publishers, along with announcements from smaller developers.

summer games festival

Live broadcast: to be defined Muscular contraction and Youtube.

What to expect:
Geoff Keighley’s annual summer screening event is returning at an unannounced date and time. E3 isn’t officially happening this year, but many of the usual big publishers are confirmed as partners for this year’s Game Fest. EA, for example, is not hosting an EA Play event, but will be at SGF. Names like 2k, Activision, Capcom, Gearbox, Bandai Namco, Square Enix, Riot and more are making an appearance in some form. This year could set the tone for whether publishers are happy to send big announcements to the SGF or prefer to defer things to their own live streams.

Unconfirmed showcases: what can happen?

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return direct

Live broadcast: Not confirmed

What to expect:
Devolver Digital’s annual live stream looks likely to happen again in 2022. Will we see Devolver’s fictional CEO Nina Struthers return? We don’t know, but the publisher certainly has a solid handful of games out this year that it will want to showcase in some form. We may see more of the Terra Nil reverse city builder or the Wizard With A Gun roguelike, and almost certainly unseen indie game ads.

Ubisoft Forward

Live broadcast: Not confirmed

What to expect:
Ubisoft has yet to announce a Ubisoft Forward event for this summer, but we should expect to hear about the publisher’s ongoing games and series in some form. It seems safe to expect mention of Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six: Siege, and maybe Far Cry. There are also definitely some unknowns that could be bringing to the table. A long time ago, the pirate game Skull & Bones could finally see the light of day after a recent leakor maybe too late the settlersoh and there is Avatar: Pandora’s Borders also.

game status

Live broadcast: Not confirmed

What to expect:
Sony broadcasts State of Play shows several times a year. There was a decently large showing in March 2022, which doesn’t rule out a summer showcase, but it could mean we’ll see it a little later in the season rather than June. Sony shows can be tricky, as it’s not always clear which games are PlayStation exclusives and which are coming to PC. Sony threw us the curve ball a lot about last year’s Demon’s Souls remake. With any luck, we’ll hear more confirmed PC releases from Sony studios.

Nintendo Direct

Live broadcast: Not confirmed

What to expect:
A date has yet to be announced, but there will definitely be a Nintendo Direct sometime during the summer. More often each year, Nintendo shows include announcements of upcoming ports and remasters that we know are coming to PC.

Live Streams Canceled: What’s Not Happening?

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EA Play 2022

Electronic Arts has confirmed that it’s not coming up with a big central showcase this summer. “We love EA Play Live as it’s our way of connecting with our players and sharing what’s new with all of you,” he said. “However, this year things aren’t lining up to show everything on one date. We have exciting things happening at our world-class studios and this year we’ll reveal a lot more about these projects when the time is right for each of them. “

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