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.
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.
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.
E3 has always been an important moment for Team Xbox. Given this decision, this year we’ll celebrate the next generation of gaming with the @Xbox community and all who love to play via an Xbox digital event. Details on timing and more in the coming weeks https://t.co/xckMKBPf9h
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We’re expecting many more details and trailers surrounding BioWare’s Anthem. Other than that expect the usual slew of sports games like Madden and FIFA, and perhaps some new EA Originals indie announcements.
Microsoft has been exceedingly quiet in the weeks leading up to E3, which could be a bad thing or a good thing. The Xbox has lagged behind this generation, due in large part to a dearth of console exclusives. Might we see a price cut to the Xbox One X? Expect Microsoft to push Mixer as the next big Twitch platform.
Bethesda’s press conference in the past has been late at night, but thankfully they’re bumping it up a bit this year. Bethesda has already announced sequels Rage 2 and Fallout 76, with the latter spurring lots of speculation on what kind of game it is. Expect to get some answers Sunday night.
With Bethesda vacating the late night spot, indie publisher Devolver Digital slides right in. Last year’s inaugural press conference was highly irreverent and very goofy. Yet they still managed to show off lots of neat trailers for upcoming games. Best of all, the whole thing only runs about 15 minutes.
Despite Square Enix publishing several high profile games each year, including Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest, and Deux Ex, the publisher hasn’t held an official E3 press conference in two years. We can expect updates on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dragon Quest XI, and especially the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.
Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins was hugely successful. Ubisoft has already announced Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as the next game, so expect their marquee franchise to be the highlight of the show. Will it actually come out this year? And will we see actual gameplay of the mysterious Beyond Good and Evil 2?
Since the PC doesn’t have a single big publisher press conference, media outlet PC Gamer has taken on the reigns in the last few years. It features a more late night talk-show format, with less fancy trailers and more deep dives with developers.
Sony may have the least surprising press conferences of the bunch, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We expect major updates on Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, Days Gone, and maybe a little more Death Stranding, one of the most mysterious and talked about games from last year’s E3.
Last but certainly never least is the pre-recorded Nintendo Direct. The Switch remains in full swing and Nintendo has many exciting franchises to announce, tease, and detail. We fully expect the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Switch to be the main focus, but perhaps we’ll get teases for Metroid Prime 4 and the new Pokémon games.