After a “record-setting 2023”, Summer Game Fest host and creator Geoff Keighley has confirmed that the event will return in June 2024. Next year’s show will once again include a live kick-off showcase followed by Play Days, an invite-only preview event for media and content creators to try out new games and attend behind-closed-doors presentations.
Taking the annual timeframe of E3, Summer Game Fest offers a similar experience uniting various gaming showcases under one banner over a week of major gaming announcements and updates. While E3 has been struggling to maintain its status following issues brought about by the global pandemic, Keighley’s event quickly replaced the annual gaming expo and many believe it will stay that way for years to come.
Keighley tweeted yesterday that Summer Game Fest will return in 2024, taking up the June slot on the calendar again.
This year’s Summer Game Fest took place live at the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles and featured several game announcements and reveals, including Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, the release date for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and the first gameplay for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth which closed the show. Other games were showcased such as Mortal Kombat 1, Alan Wake 2 and Remnant 2, among many others.
Several gaming publishers and companies chose to host events to coincide with Summer Game Fest including the Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct, Ubisoft Forward and Capcom Showcase. Final Fantasy XVI‘s pre-launch celebration was also held under Summer Game Fest’s banner.
Sony held its own PlayStation Showcase in May though this was a standalone event and not tied to Keighley’s show. Nintendo has yet to announce its own summer event but some fans speculate that the Mario and Zelda publisher will opt out of hosting one this year, possibly aiming for a later 2023 presentation.
Source: Geoff Keighley