E3 2020

Guerrilla Collective is an Online Indie Games Festival Hosted by Greg Miller

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This year has a lot of firsts, including the first year without an E3 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bigger game publishers, such as Ubisoft, are hosting their own digital conferences later this summer. For many indie studios, there’s the Guerrilla Collective.

The Guerrilla Collective is a new digital games festival taking place June 6 – 8, featuring announcements, trailers, and interviews with over 20 developers, including 11 bit Studios, Humble, Larian Studios, Paradox Interactive, and Ysbryd Games.

June 6 and 7 will feature press events including trailers and new announcements, while the final day will feature gameplay demos and developer interviews.

Here is the full list of participating developers and publishers:

  • 11 Bit Studios (Frostpunk, This War of Mine)
  • Another Indie (SIMULACRA 2, Yuppie Psycho)
  • Coffee Stain Studios (Satisfactory, Deep Rock Galactic)
  • Fellow Traveller (In Other Waters, Neo Cab)
  • Funcom (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Conan Exiles)
  • Good Shepherd Entertainment (John Wick Hex, The Eternal Cylinder)
  • Headup (Bridge Constructor Portal, Pumpkin Jack)
  • Humble Publishing (Temtem, Forager)
  • Larian Studios (Baldur’s Gate III, Divinity: Original Sin II)
  • Modern Wolf (Necronator: Dead Wrong, Out There: Oceans of Time)
  • Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Stellaris)
  • Raw Fury (Kingdom Two Crowns, Atomicrops)
  • Rebellion (Sniper Elite 4, Zombie Army 4: Dead War)
  • Those Awesome Guys (Monster Prom, Move or Die, Floppy Knights)
  • Thunderful (SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, Lonely Mountains: Downhill)
  • United Label (Eldest Souls, Röki)
  • Versus Evil (The Banner Saga, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire)
  • Whitethorn Games (Aground, StarCrossed)
  • WINGS Interactive (Later Daters, Lord Winklebottom Investigates)
  • Ysbryd Games (WORLD OF HORROR, VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action)
  • ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)

The Guerrilla Collective livestream is produced and hosted by Greg Miller (Kinda Funny Games), and will include the Future Games Show (produced by GamesRadar), Paradox Insider (Paradox Interactive) and the return of the PC Gaming Show with Sean Plott and Frankie Ward (produced by PC Gamer). The show is sponsored by ID@Xbox, Astro Gaming, Razer, Wilmer Sound, and Fully Illustrated.

The Guerrilla Collective event will begin on Jun 6 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.

Ubisoft’s First Digital Conference, Ubisoft Forward, Debuts July 12

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With the cancellation of E3 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many game studios are turning toward digital streams, events, and conferences. Last week Microsoft showcased 13 upcoming games for the Xbox Series X in the Inside Xbox event. Ubisoft will be hosting their first digital conference , Ubisoft Forward, on July 12 at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern.

The official news post is extremely brief. Ubisoft promises “an E3-style showcase with plenty of exclusive game new, exciting reveals, and much more.” E3 press conferences are typically between one and two hours, and feature new game reveals, in-depth gameplay videos, and developer presentations.

The biggest upcoming Ubisoft game is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was announced during an artist livestream of the official banner art, followed by a cinematic trailer. Another trailer was shown during the Inside Xbox event, but many fans were disappointed that we didn’t get a look at actual gameplay yet. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due to launch this holiday season.

Watch Dogs: Legion is another upcoming Ubisoft game. It was announced during last year’s E3 press conference, and featured a mesmerizing gameplay trailer with multiple playable characters. It was initially due to launch in the first half of 2020, but has been delayed to the latter half.

Other upcoming Ubisoft games we hope to see more of are Gods & Monsters, a Breath of the Wild-esque action-RPG, Roller Champions, a roller derby sports game, and Rainbow Six Quarantine, the first new game in the shooter series since 2015’s Rainbow Six Siege.

Ubisoft Forward will stream digitally on July 12, presumably on their official Twitch and YouTube channels.

Sony Will Skip E3 for Second Year in a Row

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that one of the biggest companies in gaming won’t be attending the biggest trade show in gaming, E3 2020.

“After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020,” said a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson to GamesIndustry.biz. “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. We have a fantastic line up of titles coming to PlayStation 4, and with the upcoming launch of PlayStation 5, we are truly looking forward to a year of celebration with our fans.”

In recent years, Sony has been using their own Nintendo Direct-like streamed broadcast called State of Play. These broadcasts allow Sony to dominate the surrounding news cycle with a digital event all to themselves. It’s worked well for Nintendo for several years, though Sony’s have been more lackluster.

A spokesperson from the Entertainment Software Association, which runs E3, responded to the news with the following: “E3 is a signature event celebrating the video game industry and showcasing the people, brands, and innovations redefining entertainment loved by billions of people around the world. E3 2020 will be an exciting, high-energy show featuring new experiences, partners, exhibitor spaces, activations, and programming that will entertain new and veteran attendees alike. Exhibitor interest in our new activations is gaining the attention of brands that view E3 as a key opportunity to connect with video game fans worldwide.”

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will launch this holiday season. E3 2020 takes place June 9-11 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Sony Reveals PlayStation 5 Logo, PlayStation 4 Over 100 Million Sold

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CES 2020 is a bit too early for either Sony or Microsoft to be showing anything substantial of their upcoming console releases. But that didn’t stop Sony President Jim Ryan from appearing on stage to announce the official logo of the PlayStation 5.

Shockingly it uses the same 3D PS symbol with the new PS5 abbreviation. Might as well stick with what works.

Ryan repeated the same PlayStation 5 features that Sony had previously revealed last year, including 3D audio sound, haptic feedback controllers, ray tracing and a solid state drive.

The keynote presentation also revealed sales numbers for the PlayStation 4, as well as active users and PS Plus subscribers. Since its release in 2013, the PS4 has sold 106 million units, making it one of the best-selling consoles of all time, ahead of the original PlayStation and Nintendo Wii, and behind the Game Boy/Game Boy Color.

Sony still holds the record for the number one best-selling console with the PlayStation 2 at around 155 million units sold.

Bolstering that impressive PS4 sales number are over 1.15 billion PS4 games sold, and 5 million PSVR units. The PlayStation network currently sees 103 million active users, over a third (38.8 million) of who are PlayStation Plus subscribers.

“I am very pleased to see that so many PlayStation fans value the unparalleled entertainment experience on PS4,” said Ryan. “This has been made possible by the support we have from our partners and fans since launching PlayStation in 1994, and I would like to truly thank everyone. We’ve consistently delivered innovative products like PlayStation VR, which has reached its 5 million unit sales milestone. There is much more entertainment experience to look forward to that the PlayStation ecosystem will provide that we can’t wait to share with our fans.”

The PlayStation 5 will launch this Holiday season.