While most of the major players have their showcase lineup set for this summer, several—like Nintendo—have gamers stirring the rumour mill over when we will hear from them next.
Even though E3 2023 was cancelled, there are still a ton of events coming for gamers to get excited about. As video game developers and publishers begin to set their lineups and schedule when they plan on showing their games off to the world, we also still have questions about some of the industry’s biggest names, like Nintendo, and when they will peak their head out and show us something new.
Here is the full list of all of the confirmed events coming for the Summer of 2023:
As was rumoured, the PlayStation Showcase is happening sooner than usual in terms of E3 festivities with the event happening May 24th, 2023 at 4:00 PM EST, with the potential for an announcement on the Konami exclusivity of Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania being heavily rumoured again. Surprisingly, they’ve moved away from the State of Play branding for this one, so that could be an indication of a much larger, announcement-heavy event.
Meta Quest Gaming Showcase
Kicking things off in the realm of virtual reality, the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase is coming on June 1st at 1:00 PM EST. With games slowly trickling onto the platform and the newest competition in the PlayStation VR2, Meta should plan for a solid lineup of games.
IGN Summer of Gaming
IGN’s Summer of Gaming is returning for its fourth year with an entire month of announcements, spanning June 1st-30th. As more of a slower-paced, exclusive reveals and interviews show, plan on seeing several things trickle out across the month from IGN.
Guerilla Collective Showcase
The Guerilla Collective Showcase will begin on Wednesday, June 7th at Noon EST with a “truckload” of announcements after announcing over 40 games last year.
Summer Game Fest
With the cancellation of E3, Geoff Keighley has firmly grasped onto the Summer’s premiere gaming showcase, with his own Summer Game Fest coming all day on Thursday, June 8th, with more events across the week, and the main presentation starting at 3:00 PM EST. Geoff always has a few curveballs ready to go, so this should be a fun one for sure.
Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition 2023
Day of the Devs is an indie-games-focused showcase that takes place immediately following the Summer Game Fest at 5:00 PM EST on June 8th, 2023. Headed up by Double Fine and iam8bit, this presentation showed some incredible indie titles last year and will look to do the same again this year.
Devolver Direct: The Return of Volvy
The world’s most beloved video game mascot returns with new game reveals, announcements, and surprises – it’s Volvy! Tune in on June 8th, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST for The Return of Volvy!
Tribeca Games Spotlight
As a part of the Tribeca Film Festival, there will be a games-centric showcase on June 9th, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST. The event will give deeper dives and new looks at the following games: A Highland Song, Chants of Sennaar, Despelote, Goodbye Volcano High, Nightscape, Stray Gods, and The Expanse: A Telltale Series.
Future Of Play Direct 2023
The description from the event’s upcoming YouTube stream set for June 10th, 2023 at 11:00 AM EST states: “Future Of Play Direct is a fresh spin on video game showcases bringing you exciting new games from across the galaxy — inspired by the quintessential hype machine, Toonami.”
On June 10th at 12:00 PM EST, the Wholesome Direct returns to bring those cosy gamers all of the cutest, cuddliest goodness you can imagine!
Future Games Show
The sister site to PC Gamer is throwing its own showcase with the Future Game Show coming on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00 PM EST, from the team at GamesRadar+. A great place to find some of those castaways who didn’t make it into the other showcase lineups, the Future Games Show is certainly worth a watch.
The OTK Games Expo
From the official website: “The OTK Games Expo will be a live-streamed celebration of the games industry hosted by OTK. During this 3-hour digital exposition, 30 video game titles spanning a dozen genres will be showcased in a live studio and include OTK’s Asmongold, Emiru, and Esfand as expert game panellists.” – Coming June 10th, 2023 at 3:00 PM EST.
Xbox Games Showcase & Starfield Direct
Starting at 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, June 11th, Microsoft will present its own Xbox Games Showcase lineup, followed immediately by a presentation from their partners at Bethesda, who will be showing off the highly-anticipated Starfield with its own Direct ahead of its September release.
An extended Xbox Games Showcase will also air on Tuesday, June 13th at 1:00 PM EST, with deeper dives into everything shown on the 11th.
PC Gaming Show
Following Microsoft’s Xbox Game Showcase and Starfield Direct on Sunday, June 11th at 4:00 PM EST, is the PC Gaming Show presented by PC Gamer. Always a winner for those PC users wanting to see what crazy indies or bigger releases will make their way to PC before hitting consoles. The PC Gaming Show is annually a treat.
Final Fantasy XVI Pre-Launch Celebration
Celebrating the launch of the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy XVI, Square Enix is throwing a live stream on June 11th, 2023 starting at 6:00 PM EST. No word on what other announcements could be shown—if anything—but if you’re a Final Fantasy fan, this one’s for you!
Ubisoft Forward Live
After being the nail in E3 2023’s coffin, Ubisoft is moving forward with their own event for the first time, with Ubisoft Forward Live coming Monday, June 12th at 1:00 PM EST, in Los Angeles.
Starting June 13th, 2023 at 4:00 PM EST, the Dames-4-Games showcase is “a new show highlighting women creators in the gaming industry and fans of gaming culture.”
Black Voices in Gaming
As part of their 2023 Summer Showcase, Black Voices in Gaming have partnered with several other shows to reveal upcoming releases from underrepresented folks in the game industry. The presentation is on June 13th, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST.
Upload VR Showcase
Continuing with the VR announcements following the Meta Quest Showcase, we should see several more titles that may come to PSVR 2 and Vive and other platforms on June 14th at 2:00 PM EST for the UploadVR Showcase.
RGG Summit Summer 2023
Fans of the Like a Dragon and Yakuza series can tune in for updates about upcoming titles, community efforts, developer discussions and more on June 15th, 2023 at 11:00 PM EST for those late-night announcements!
INDIE Live Expo
After a successful May event, the two-day live digital showcase is now getting an August showcase for the very first time! With more than 300 games shown in May, you can expect a ton of indie announcements coming from this one as the Summer comes to a close.
THQ Nordic Digital Showcase
On August 11th, 2023, at 3:00 PM EST, expect the third annual THQ Nordic Digital Showcase to have a ton of surprises, as the Embracer Group-owned game publisher has been acquiring intellectual properties faster than ever.
Love Destiny and can’t wait for the next big update? Here you go! Announced during the PlayStation Showcase above, the Destiny Showcase will take place on August 22nd, 2023 at a time yet to be determined.
Gamescom Opening Night Live
After opening the year with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, he has also partnered with Gamescom for their Opening Night Live presentation for the past few years. Starting at 2:00 PM EST on August 22nd, this event will surely bring several games from our friends over in Europe, as well as tons of other surprises Geoff has saved in his back pocket.
Future Games Show @ Gamescom
Also returning to close out the summer, the folks over at GamesRadar+ will partner with Gamescom to present another Future Games Show on August 23rd.
Additionally, Nintendo should have some sort of presence this Summer, with several opportunities to pop their Direct presentations out for gamers to enjoy. It’s been confirmed that Nintendo will attend Gamescom, which could be a place for them to fit in if they don’t have their usual June E3 Direct per usual as is rumoured.