e3 2020

Watch the PC Gaming Show Today, Showcasing More than 50 Games

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PC Gamer has been hosting their own E3-like event each year at E3, highlight PC games and developers. Though E3 2020 was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the PC Gaming Show is returning for its sixth year. The event features interviews, trailers and announcements for new and upcoming PC games.

The event will air today, June 13, at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern, on Twitch and YouTube.

“With this year’s PC Gaming Show, we still wanted to deliver on the spectacle and level of production that gamers expect from gaming press conferences,” said Evan Lahti, editor-in-chief, PC Gamer. “We’re not going to just show people a Zoom call with some video games in it. We want this to be a unique and fun moment for PC gaming.”

Previous events have been broadcast live, but this year’s will be pre-recorded. Sean “Day9” Plott and Frankie Ward return to host the event, along with over two dozen celebrity cameos and developers.

The PC Gaming Show will feature over 50 games from developers and publishers like 2K Games, Coffee Stain Studios, Frontier Developments, Humble Games, Perfect World, Rebellion, Sega, and Xseed Games. Confirmed games include Mafia: Remastered Edition, Surgeon Simulator 2, and Torchlight 3.

The show is partially sponsored by Intel, who is giving away a custom-built PC inspired by Total War Saga: Troy. To enter for a chance to win, you’ll need to visit Intel Gaming’s social media sites, including YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. The winner will be randomly drawn on July 10.

Sony Delays PlayStation 5 Digital Showcase

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With E3 canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sony recently announced their own event. The all-digital virtual event was to showcase all the new and upcoming games coming to PlayStation 5. The event was scheduled for later this week, on June 4.

This week Sony released a statement about postponing the event due to mass protests around the US fueled by police brutality and racial justice. A new date has not been announced.

E3 normally takes place in June. With major new consoles releasing this holiday season, both Microsoft and Sony would use their press conferences to announce prices, detail hardware, and show off games.

Without E3, most game companies and console publishers are hosting their own virtual events to fill the gap this year.

Here is the official description of the PlayStation 5 event by Sony President and CEO Jim Ryan:

We will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday. The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware.

This digital showcase will run for a bit more than an hour and, for the first time, we will all be together virtually experiencing the excitement together. A lack of physical events has given us an amazing opportunity to think differently and bring you on this journey with us, and hopefully, closer than ever before. This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you.

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.

E3 2020 Officially Canceled Over Health Concerns

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The growing fear over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus, which has recently been labeled a Pandemic by the World Health Organization) has caused many conventions and other large gatherings to cancel. The gaming industry is no different, with GDC 2020 cancelling mere weeks before its scheduled date.

Now the biggest gaming trade show of the year is the latest to get the axe. For the first time in two and a half decades, E3 has been canceled. Here’s the official statement from the Entertainment Software Association:

After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors, and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.

Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds.

We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3Expo.com.

We thank everyone who shared their views on re-imagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a re-imagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.

E3 is normally the main annual event for the gaming industry, with several days of game announcements, trailers, and information on upcoming releases and hardware. E3 has been on a steady decline in recent years, however, thanks in large part to the rise of streaming. Major publishers like Sony and Nintendo opt to provide their own E3-like presentations via digital streams.

That still leaves many publishers like Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts drift. So far Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, put out a statement on Twitter that Microsoft will host an “Xbox digital event” to “celebrate the next generation of gaming.” Both Microsoft and Sony are releasing new consoles this Holiday season.

Details of the Xbox event have not yet been announced.

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.