Summer is one of the most exciting times to be a gamer, as it’s when most video game developers and publishers tease what’s coming next. For years, this was all centered around E3, but since that show went away during the COVID-19 pandemic, publishers have switched things up and held a variety of reveal-focused live-stream events over the course of the entire season. This year is shaping up to be no different, especially now that E3 2023 is canceled.
On May 24, Sony kicked things off with a PlayStation Showcase that revealed things like a Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater remake and that Bungie is reviving the Marathon series. As we enter June, though, the number of showcases is only going to ramp up. From Meta to Microsoft to gaming’s main man Geoff Keighley, a lot of live-stream events have already been announced. It can be a lot to keep track of, but we’re here to help. This is every important, announcement-filled video gaming live stream happening over the course of summer 2023.
PlayStation Showcase: May 24
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The PlayStation Showcase kicked things off this year on May 24. The livestream was packed with new game announcements, including Haven Studios’ Fairgame$Konami’s Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake EaterBungie’s MarathonFirewalk Studios’ ConcordArrowhead Studios’ Helldivers 2, and Square Enix’s Foamstars.
Meta Quest Gaming Showcase: June 1
The first major announcement-filled livestream of June was the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, where we got a look at a lot of games coming to the montser hMeta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, and the newly announced Meta Quest 3. The biggest reveals of this event included Samba de Amigo, Bulletstorm VRand Asgard’s Wrath 2.
Monster Hunter fans will want to keep this live stream on their radar. It starts at 7 a.m. PT on June 7 and will reveal a lot of new information on the Bonus Update for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. It will be the final digital showcase that Capcom holds for this game, and it will also feature a developer roundtable where they discuss the game and expansion’s developments.
Guerrilla Collective Showcase: June 7
Those who enjoy indie games will want to tune into the Guerrilla Collective Showcase at 9 a.m. PT on June 7. This is one of the best summer showcases for indie games, as a wide variety of developers and publishers will show off what they have in the works via new announcements and trailers.
Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest showcase returns yet again at 12 p.m. PT on June 8. It has been confirmed that over 40 publishers are set to make announcements during Summer Game Fest, including Activision, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom, CD Projekt Red, EA, Niantic, PlayStation, Sega, Square Enix, Warner Bros. Games, and Xbox.
Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition: June 8
Just as Summer Game Fest is returning on June 8, the Days of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition that directly follows it is also coming back. This showcase puts the spotlight on upcoming indie games, and we know this year’s presentation will feature games from AdHoc Studio, Die Gute Fabrik, Evil Licorice, Geometric Interactive, Heart Machine, iam8bit Presents, Impossible, Land & Sea, Lululu Entertainment, Moonloop Games, Phantom Coast, Sad Owl Studios, Shape Shop, Studio Sai and Wishes Unlimited.
Devolver Digital loves to inject a little bit of insanity into video game reveal season every year, and 2023 is no different. At 3 p.m. PT on June 8, it will air Devolver Direct: The Return of Volvy. This year’s show is centered around Volvy, a totally real gaming mascot that Devolver is now claiming has been present for over 30 years and has appeared in games like Hotline Miami and Cult of the Lamb. If you know anything about Devolver’s shows, you know things with Volvy are going to get weird. If you’re just concerned about games, Devolver has confirmed the presentation will include new game announcements and that there will be playable demos of some of the featured games.
At 8 a.m. PT on June 9, YouTube creator LauraKBuzz will hold the Access-Ability Summer Showcase 2023. This showcase will include 15 games and highlight all of the accessibility features included in them.
The Tribeca Festival is once again holding a game showcase to highlight its selections this year. This showcase will give us new looks at seven games: A Highland Song, Chants of Sennaar, Despelote, Goodbye Volcano High, Nightscape, Stray Godsand The Expanse: A Telltale Series. It will be streamed on Tribeca’s YouTube Channel at 3 p.m. PT on June 9.
Cozy games that trade in intense combat and dark themes for more lighthearted aesthetics are a growing trend in the game industry, and they even have a dedicated gaming showcase. Wholesome Games is holding another Wholesome Direct at 9 a.m. PT on June 10. During that live stream, Wholesome Games says it will show “an hour of exclusive footage and announcements from 70+ amazing indie games.”
Future Games Show: June 10
GamesRader+ is going to hold another Future Games Show at 10 a.m. PT on June 10. A GamesRadar+ article about the showcase promises that it will contain more than 40 new trailers for games coming out across all major gaming platforms. Expect some interesting indie and AA announcements that didn’t make it into other showcases to be featured here.
OTK Games Expo: June 10
Streamer-run media company OTK will hold its second annual OTK Games Expo at 11 a.m. PT on June 10. This event will be hosted by content creators Asmongold, Emiru, Esfand, Mizkif, and Sodapoppin and will feature over 30 indie games.
Starting at 10 a.m. PT on June 11, Microsoft is going to hold two showcases back to back. First is the Xbox Games Showcase, which Microsoft says will feature “new surprises and first looks from our incredibly talented internal studios and our many creative partners around the world.” Immediately after that comes the Starfield Direct, which will provide a meaty deep dive into Bethesda Game Studios’ next RPG ahead of its September release.”
PC Gaming Show: June 11
Later on June 11, PC Gamer will hold yet another PC Gaming Show. As its title suggests, the primary purpose of this showcase is the highlight upcoming indie and AA games intended to release on PC over the coming months. If that’s your primary gaming platform, you definitely want to keep an eye on this presentation.
After pulling out of E3 2023, Ubisoft told Video Games Chronicle that it “will be holding a Ubisoft Forward Live event on [June 12] in Los Angeles.” It went on to confirm in a tweet that the showcase would take place at 10 a.m. PT on that day. Hopefully, it gives us another look at games like Assassin’s Creed Mirage and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
Xbox Games Showcase Extended: June 13
Following up Microsoft’s two June 11 presentations is Xbox Games Showcase Extended at 10 a.m. PT on June 13. This live stream will be slower-paced and give deeper dives into some of the games shown off during the June 11 live stream. It may also contain some smaller-scale announcements of its own.
Guerrilla Collective Presents Dames 4 Games and Black Voices in Gaming: June 13
Guerrilla Collective will follow up with more programming on June 13 as well. It begins with the Dames 4 Games showcase at 1 p.m. PT, which will highlight women who work in the video game industry and the games that they make through interviews and new game trailers. After that will come the Black Voices in Gaming show at 3 p.m. PT, which will do something similar for game developers from the Black community.
Fans of Like A Dragon (the series formerly known as Yakuza) will want to tune into RGG Summit Summer 2023 at 8 p.m. PT on June 15. During this live stream, Sega developer RGG Studios will give us another look at what it is working on. Hopefully, we’ll get new glimpses at the games it revealed at last September’s summit, including Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name and Like a Dragon 8.
THQ Nordic Digital Showcase: August 11
Jumping to August, we can expect the third annual THQ Nordic Digital Showcase at 12 p.m. PT on August 11. The Embracer Group-owned game publisher has confirmed that the showcase will give us new looks at Alone in the Dark, Outcast 2, and Trine 5, in addition to some world premiere announcements.
During the PlayStation Showcase in May, Bungie actually revealed that it will be holding an event of its own at a currently undisclosed time on August 22. On that date, it will hold a Destiny 2 Showcase focused on giving us details on the game’s next expansion, The Final Shape.
Geoff Keighley’s annual Gamescom showcase returns at 11 a.m. PT on August 22. Like Summer Game Fest, Gamescom Opening Night Live is yet another place where developers of all shapes and sizes from different corners of the industry will show off their upcoming games ahead of this large European gaming trade show.
Keighley isn’t the only one planning to hold a showcase around Gamescom. GamesRadar has also confirmed that another Future Games Show will take place sometime on August 23. Expect it to be similar in format to the June showcase.