Unlocking the Secrets of Summer Game Fest: What to Expect and What Not

As spring twilight fades into the burning summer, the gaming community readies itself for a week of game announcements, jaw-dropping trailers, exciting reveals and in-person cosplayed chaos in Los Angeles with the Summer Game Fest. This event, run by Geoff Keighley, is the culmination of his desire to \'stitch together the entire video games industry for a blockbuster summer of video game news\'. As with past events, Keighley led with a release that dampened the spread of the gamer flame of hype with a reality check regarding what will – and more importantly, what won\'t – be shown at the Summer Game Fest.

What\'s on the Horizon for Summer Game Fest

Who needs to keep fans in suspense when Geoff Keighley can do an hour-long Twitch chat session with fans like it\'s just a bunch of dudebros hanging out, barely lifting the curtain at all? The slate is packed with \'Updates for Palworld\' and \'Kingdom Come 2: Deliverance\' and \'Trailers for Supermarket Simulator\', \'Monster Hunter Wilds\' and \'Batman: Arkham VR\', plus exclusive content from Blumhouse Games and a trailer for the TV show based on Among Us. There\'s going to be something for just about any gaming taste on the books.

The Art of Managing Expectations

But on the other side of the coin is an equally lengthy list of absentees. In an effort to manage expectations leading up to the event, Keighley explained a number of key absences in the showcase: \'Absent from our show: trailers for GTA 6, the first trailer for Kingdom Hearts 4, an update for The Wolf Among Us 2, the long-awaited Def Jam game, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, Judas, Beyond Good and Evil 2, and Five Nights at Freddy\'s Help Wanted 2.

A Glimmer of Hope for NINTENDO Enthusiasts?

One of the most widely shared slides was Keighley\'s nudge-nudge, wink-wink suggestion that Nintendo might well be absent … \'Why not check back again later?!\' Nintendo has a history of showing up to its own fan conventions directly, with digital-only shows, and there\'s always a possibility that this year might bring something more later on. While it seems unlikely that Nintendo will show up at the Summer Game Fest, the event is likely to feature games that can be played on the Switch or its successor.

What Won\'t Make the Cut

Adding to the above, Keighley revealed that there would be no musical performances on the bill, no bluster from the always-volatile, hands-in-pants showman game-maker Josef Fares, and no \'one more thing\' type rundown of Apple-esque gizmos. This makes perfect sense when translating the focus of an event based upon playable games and game announcements.

The Final Countdown

With Summer Game Fest less than a week away, anticipation and speculation in the gaming community is high. What surprises might Geoff Keighley have in store? What are some of the big titles we\'ll be hearing from? As is always the case, we\'ll have to wait and see. Summer Game Fest has detailed guides to help everyone watch it live and also tips for navigating the larger Summer of Gaming landscape.


Nintendo has long stood as a unique outlier in the world of gaming by designing trailblazing consoles and a captivating collection of games that span generations. They continue to own the press cycles and fill the hearts of millions with franchises such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon, making deliberate choices to directly address their fans through digital demo shows. This tradition is always celebrated, and fans – as they expect – are eagerly awaiting another season of gaming announcements and updates, speculating on whether Nintendo will take the stage at Summer Game Fest or instead reveal their own event. But for now, it is pure speculation.

Jun 06, 2024
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