Summer Game Fest 2021 is happening today, June 10, and promises to be full of exclusive announcements, new games and interesting insights on the future of video games. This is the second year Summer Game Fest has taken place, with Geoff Keighley’s season of gaming making its debut in 2020.
This year’s Summer Game Fest is set to be bigger than ever, and will feature a bunch of digital live stream showcases from a range of notable publishers and developers including PlayStation, Xbox, Ubisoft and Bandai Namco. The show gets underway on June 10, with the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live! world premiere showcase, hosted by Keighley himself and with California rockers Weezer performing.
So what can we expect from Summer Game Fest 2021? Read on to find out all the dates and times you’ll need, and check out our how to watch Summer Game Fest: Kickoff Live guide.
Make sure to check out our guide to E3 2021 too.
Summer Game Fest 2021 schedule
Summer Game Fest
Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST
Date: June 10
Summer Game Fest kicks off on June 10 with a live world premiere showcase hosted by Geoff Keighley and with a performance by Weezer. Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live! takes is available to watch on all the major streaming platforms including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
Geoff Keighley took to Twitter to confirm what we’ll see during the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live event, and revealed that there will be 30+ games, which will include new game reveals and long-awaited updates.
Context for #SummerGameFest Kickoff Live on Thurs:- 30+ games, combination of new game reveals, long-awaited updates.- Guests: Jeff Goldblum, Giancarlo Esposito and surprises + devs.- Musical performances: Weezer, Japanese Breakfast, Sonic Symphony.- Day of the Devs.June 6, 2021
Keighley also shared a new Summer Game Fest “hype reel” trailer for the event, which shows off various games such as Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Far Cry 6 and Overwatch 2.
TechRadar’s take: We’re expecting most of the big announcements to take place during the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live! show, and we’re excited to see what will be revealed. While we’re certain most publishers will save the megaton news for their own conferences, Geoff Keighley usually has a few big surprises up his sleeve.
Gearbox and 2K showcase
Time: 11am PT / 2pm EST / 7pm BST
Date: June 10
Gearbox Software and 2K Games’ ‘Be Chaotic Great’ event will be held on June 10 at 11am PT / 2pm EST / 7pm BST. A new Borderlands spin-off game called Wonderlands is expected to be revealed, and we’ll likely get a look at NBA 2K22 and WWE 2K22 in action.
Prepare for the reveal of a new adventure from @GearboxOfficial and @2K during #SummerGameFest Kickoff Live on June 10! 🔥 https://t.co/tw2vk3KytM pic.twitter.com/lVmqBN8b8bJune 7, 2021
We might also see a new project from Mafia developer Hangar 13, so there’s plenty to tune in for. The event takes place during Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live!
How to watch: YouTube
TechRadar’s take: We’re expecting to see the new Borderlands spin-off Wonderlands revealed for the first time, and an update on 2K Games’ other franchises, such as WWE 2K22, wouldn’t go amiss.
Koch Primetime Gaming Stream
Time: 12pm PT / 8pm BST / 10pm CEST
Date: June 11
Koch Media is hosting a stream during Summer Game Fest on June 11 at 12pm PT / 8pm BST / 10pm CEST.
New Event Added – Friday, June 11, Noon PT / 3 PM ET. #SummerGameFest pic.twitter.com/xPTrBNSdrOMay 28, 2021
The publisher owns the rights to notable franchises such as Saints Row, Metro Exodus and Timesplitters. While it’s unclear what the publisher will show, we may finally see Dead Island 2 again, which was initially revealed many years ago at E3 2014.
How to watch: Koch’s E3 website
TechRadar’s take: Honestly, we’re not expecting much from Koch’s big reveal, which means we can only be pleasantly surprised. Maybe it’s the return of a classic franchise that we totally forgot about? There’s only one way to find out.
Time: 12pm PT / 8pm BST / 3pm ET
Date: June 12
Ubisoft has confirmed it is hosting its next Ubisoft Forward conference as part of Summer Game Fest. The digital conference is set to take place on June 12 at 12pm PT / 8pm BST / 3pm ET (or June 13 at 5am AEST).
The pre-show will debut at 11pm PT / 7pm BST / 2pm ET (or June 13 at 4am AEST) and will begin with updates for games such as For Honor, Trackmania, The Crew 2, Brawlhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and more.
The main show will feature a look at Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction, provide more details on Far Cry 6, and a closer look at Riders Republic. We’ll also get updates on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Siege. We also expect to see at least one or two surprises.
TechRadar’s take: Ubisoft’s conferences have been full of big announcements in recent years, and it’s always interesting to see what the publisher is working on next. We expect Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction to be a big focus, as well as Far Cry 6.
Time: 1.30pm PT / 4:30pm ET / 9:30pm BST
Date: June 12
Devlover’s annual showcase event will also be part of Summer Game Fest, and the publisher’s event takes place at 1.30pm PT / 4:30pm ET / 9:30pm BST.
Got five new games to reveal and two release dates to drop in this year’s Devolver Cinematic Universe showcase.Should be fun.Don’t forget to tweet us that it wasn’t funny after it’s over. We all love that.June 5, 2021
How to watch: YouTube
TechRadar’s take: Even when you expect the unexpected at Devolver’s conferences, you’ll still be surprised. Expect weird shenanigans to take place and some cracking independent games to be revealed.
Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase
Time: June 13
Date: 10am PT / 6pm BST / 1pm ET
Microsoft confirmed that it is holding a games showcase on June 13 at 10am PT / 6pm BST / 1pm ET (or June 14 at 3am AEST). This showcase will be around 90 minutes long and is featuring games from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks.
Hope you all can join us for our first ever @Xbox & @bethesda Games Showcase on June 13th. We have a 90 min show focused on games and celebrating the many dev teams (all working from home) for our fans around the world! 🙏🏻💚🙅🏼♂️🎮 https://t.co/UrM5Xn9Laz pic.twitter.com/apRy8m9cBdMay 26, 2021
TechRadar’s take: Xbox Series X owners will be hoping Microsoft delivers one thing: games, and plenty of them. The PS5 has received a number of desirable exclusives, so it’s time for Microsoft to deliver on its massive investment in new studios with some blockbuster titles.
Square Enix Presents
Time: 12:15pm PT / 3:15pm ET / 8:15pm BST
Date: June 13
Square Enix Presents will also be hosted at the Summer Game Fest, which will feature world premiers, new game announcements, updates and news from Square Enix.
TechRadar’s take: We’re expecting to hear more about Square Enix’s upcoming lineup of games, but might get a new IP announced that could turn a few heads.
Back 4 Blood PVP Showcase
Time: 2pm PT / 10pm BST / 7am AEST
Date: June 13
Tune into the PVP Showcase for Back 4 Blood, a cooperative shooter from the creators of the Left 4 Dead franchise. The showcase takes place on June 13 at 2pm PT / 10pm BST / 7am AEST and should give us another look at the survival game in action.
June 16 to June 22
Steam Next Fest
Time: 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST
Date: June 16
Steam Next Fest (formerly Steam Game Festival) is a multi-day celebration of upcoming Steam games, featuring hundreds of demoes. It kicks off on June 16 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (or June 17 at 3am AEST).
What is Summer Game Fest?
Summer Game Fest is a season of digital events from game publishers and developers. Summer Game Fest isn’t exactly an event – though the Kickoff Live show is – instead it’s an overarching umbrella that encompasses many different publisher live streams.
Summer Game Fest was set up by The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley and made its debut in 2020 – filling in the gap left by E3 2020. Last year’s Summer Game Fest was an online season of events bringing together 16 of the industry’s largest publishers, including Microsoft, Sony, Activision, Valve, Bethesda and Blizzard in a four-month cavalcade of news, trailers and game demos.
From May until August, the Summer Game Fest partnered with these publishers to release updates on game projects and announce new titles across social media platforms, as well as providing playable demos for attendees – Microsoft shared a staggering “between 75 and 100” game demos in total.
This year’s Summer Game Fest is set to be more “condensed”, according to Keighley. While we know that the festival kicks off on June 10, there’s currently no end date.
This will be the first year we see E3 and Summer Game Fest taking place in the same timeframe, so it will be interesting to see which publishers and developers choose to showcase at E3 and which choose to do so at Summer Game Fest – and which do both.
Summer Game Fest lineup
More than 25 publishers, platforms and partners will be contributing content or hosting an event at this year’s Summer Game Fest – with more to be announced. Confirmed partners include PlayStation (which is noticeably absent from E3), Bandai Namco, Activision, Xbox, EA, Epic Games and more. You can see the list of confirmed partners above.
What happened at Summer Game Fest 2020?
As part of the festival, PlayStation unveiled a sleuth of upcoming PS5 games – and the console’s design for the first time – while Microsoft debuted Halo Infinite gameplay for the first time as well, as a bunch of upcoming Xbox Series X games.
Summer Game Fest 2020 also saw the announcement of the likes of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and Star Wars Squadrons, while we got a closer look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077 ahead of their release too.