Summer Game Fest 2023: every announcement you need to know
Summer Game Fest was jam-packed with new announcements and world premieres
With E3 officially canceled and unlikely to return, Summer Game Fest stepped in once again to deliver all the latest gaming news and announcements that players expect this time of year. The show began with the main event, Summer Game Fest Live, which featured several world premieres, unexpected announcements, and some fascinating glimpses of games we’re already super excited about.
Here’s everything you need to know about Summer Game Fest 2023, including how to rewatch the show, all the big announcements, and the full schedule so you don’t miss a thing.
How to rewatch Summer Game Fest 🌞
The main Summer Game Fest show took place on Thursday, June 8. The show lasted just under two hours, and we saw a steady stream of PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC games that are due to release in the months ahead.
What did we see at Summer Game Fest? 👀
Summer Game Fest lasted almost two hours and included a number of world premieres and surprises. Here’s a quick roundup of everything that was shown during the event.
Prince of Persia the Lost Crown
Ubisoft kicked off the show with a look at Price of Persia: The Lost Crown, which is set to the released on January 18, 2024. It looks a little bit like a Metroidvania-style take on the series.
Mortal Kombat 1
We then got an extended look at Mortal Kombat 1 which is out on September 19. We got to see fatalities, how the game’s new cameo system worked and a few fan-favorite characters return.
Path of Exile 2
Not to be outdone by Diablo 4, Path of Exile 2 looks set to rival Blizzard’s popular action RPG. We’ll know more about the game on July 18.
Exoprimal x Street Fighter 6
One of the more bizarre announcements at Sumer Gamer Fest, Capcom’s upcoming dinosaur survival game will feature a crossover with Street Fighter 6. We saw a Mech Ryu and Mecha Guile, and it was as weird as it sounds.
Dead by Daylight Nicolas Cage
The man, the myth, the legend Nick Cage took to the stage and spoke about his appearance in Dead by Daylight. Unsurprisingly, Cage was one of the most captivating speakers of the night.
The Witcher: Season 3 trailer
Next up was a video game adjacent announcement as fans were treated to a trailer for The Witcher: Season 3. It’s the last season with Henry Cavill as Geralt, as he’s being replaced by Liam Hemsworth in the fourth season.
We then got an early access date reveal for first-person shooter Witchfire, which looked rather impressive. You can try it out on September 20.
Crossfire: Sierra Squad
Another trailer was shown for the upcoming PSVR 2 first-person shooter, Crossfire: Sierra Squad. It was the only game shown for Sony’s virtual reality headset.
A co-op trailer for Remnant 2 was up next, which arrives on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on July 25.
One of the clear highlights of the show was the announcement of Sonic Superstars, a brand-new game from Sega that’s set to arrive this Autumn. It looked great.
Honkai Star Rail
The sister sequel to Genshin Impact, Honkai Star Rail is coming to PS5 during Q4 this year. It’s currently only available on PC and mobile.
Lies of P
Soulsborne fans will be pleased to know Lies of P is not only out on September 19, but a demo is also now available PS5, Xbox and PC.
Another surprise announcement that very few would have expected, Sand Land is an adaption of the popular anime and features artwork from the legendary Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball Z.
Throne and Liberty
A world premiere of Throne and Liberty was up next, and you can signup for the tech test soon.
A cross between For Honor and Chivalry 2, Warhaven looks like you’ll be able to participate in massive medieval battles. It’ll be free to try as part of Steam Next Fest between June 19 and June 26.
It’s been a long wait but we finally got a release date for Party Animals. It’s out September 20 and is heading straight to Xbox Game Pass.
Crash Bandicoot Team Rumble
Fancy some 4v4 multiplayer action starring Crash and Co? Crash Team Rumble is out June 20.
Alan Wake 2
Gamers were treated to a closer look at Alan Wake 2, which is out on October 17. It looks like the sequel will maintain elements of the first game we already know and love, but the horror has been cranked up to another level.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2
Fans of tabletop miniatures will be excited about this one. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 is set to release this winter.
Yes, Your Grace Snowfall
Step into the royal shoes of a ruling monarch in Yes, Your Grace Snowfall. It’s set to arrive in 2024.
John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando
Another surprise announcement was John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando. It looks like a mix between Left for Dead and Dead Rising.
Baldur’s Gate 3
Out on August 31, Baldur’s Gate 3 will feature the voice of Jason Isaacs, who plays Lord Enver Gortash.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Another big announcement was the release date for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. It’s out on October 20, 2023.
The ‘Pokémon with guns’ game Palworld got another trailer, and it’s entering early access in January 2024.
A new expansion for Black Desert is on the way called Land of the Morning Light. It’s out on June 14.
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria
After the disastrous release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Tolkien fans will be hoping Return to Moria can do the legendary books some justice.
Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis
Square Enix showed off a frankly stunning mobile game in Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis. It’ll be available on iOS and Android and a closed beta test is taking place from now until June 28.
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
Another world premiere, Banishers: Ghosts of Eden is out towards the end of 2023.
Like a Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name
If you’re a fan of the Yakuza games – and you should be – the next entry in the series is out on November 9.
Under The Waves
A creepy underwater exploration game, Under The Waves is out on August 29.
Cozy game fans will want to keep their eyes on Fae Farm. It’s out September 8 for Switch and PC.
King Arthur: Legends Rise
We got a cinematic trailer for King Arthur: Legends Rise, which is now open for pre-registration. It’s coming to PC and mobile.
The free-to-play action game is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC later this year.
Twisted Metal trailer
No, this wasn’t a trailer for a new Twisted Metal game but for the TV adaption for Peacock.
Lsyfangha The Time Shift Warrior arrives sometime during 2023 and looked a bit like Hades.
Immortals of Aveum
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
The big final announcement of Summer Game Fest was a new trailer for Final Fantasy Rebirth. The game will launch in early 2024 and will come on two discs. How novel.
Summer Game Fest schedule and start times ⌚
There’s more than just one show during Summer Game Fest. Along with the main event, there are also conferences from Devolver Digital, Capcom, and Xbox to look forward to as well as many more.
Check out the full Sumer Game Fest schedule events so you don’t miss a thing.
Summer Game Fest
When: June 8 Time: 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST / 9pm CEST
Day of Devs
When: June 8 Time: 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / 12am CEST (June 9)
When: June 8 Time: 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / 12am EST (June 9)
Access-Ability Summer Showcase
When: June 9 Time: 8am PT / 11am ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST
Tribeca Games Spotlight
When: June 9 Time: 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm BST / 9pm CEST
Where to watch: YouTube
Future of Play
When: June 10 Time: 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
When: June 10 Time: 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST
Future Games Show Summer Showcase
When: June 10 Time: 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST
OTK Games Expo
When: June 10 Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST
Where to watch: Twitch
Xbox Games Showcase/Starfield Direct
When: June 11 Time: 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST
PC Gaming Show
When: June 11 Time: 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST
When: June 12 Time: 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST
When: June 12 Time: 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / 12am CEST
Xbox Games Showcase Extended
When: June 13
Time: 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST
RGG Summit Summer
When: June 15
Time: 8pm PT / 11pm ET / 4am BST (June 16) / 5am CEST (June 16)
Where to watch: TBD
Why should you watch Summer Game Fest? 🤔
If you’re interested in the next wave of PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC games, the Summer Game Fest is a great way to find out what’s coming next. It’s always fun to be part of the excitement and fervent conversations that take place, too, and there are usually more than a few surprises that get tongues wagging.
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Last updated: June 13, 2023