The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley has warned fans to expect fewer third-party showcases and events next month during the not-E3 summer season. Instead, companies will place game reveals at events like Keighley’s own Summer Game Fest as well as the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase.
The decision behind this is likely due to the negative reception that publishers faced last year. Companies like Square Enix, Capcom and Take-Two Interactive all hosted showcases in 2021 that were underwhelming, to say the least, revealing only a handful of games unnecessarily stretched into full conferences.
Keighley shed some more light on these developments while speaking on Twitter Spaces audio session recently:
“There were a lot of shows last year where everyone was disappointed when they weren’t really press conferences, right? Like Take-Two, Capcom, Square Enix and things like that.
I think [they] have learned that if you’re going to do a press conference, you kind of need to have 30 minutes-plus of stuff, and sometimes they only have one or two great games to show, which may not be enough to do a full event around.
So I think that’s going to be a bit of a shift. I have a pretty good sense of what’s coming in the next month, and I think people will be hyped about games in general. There is still a lack of games coming out right now, this kind of is the Covid gap year I think… with a lot of games being delayed because they were started during the pandemic. We’re still hoping for a lot of things to come out.”
On a positive note, this is great news as it means that we’ll only have to watch a few showcases where all publishers will reveal games as opposed to hosting several individual events. EA bowed out of hosting its annual EA Play Live event this year, while there’s no word yet on if Ubisoft will opt to host their usual yearly show.
Source: Geoff Keighley (via Video Games Chronicle)