In many ways, the pandemic turned out to be a blessing in disguise for E3 2020, as the show was sounding like a disaster before lockdown put the event out of its misery. Summer Game Fest, which was created by Geoff Keighley and established as a multi-month industry celebration, was supposed to fill the convention’s space. Ultimately, it delivered a series of mini-livestreams, with some highlights among them: the Unreal Engine 5 showcase offered our first glimpse at PlayStation 5 gameplay, for example.
Many felt that it was drawn out, however, and naturally it couldn’t compete with the overall excitement of a major convention. Nevertheless, it looks like it’ll be making a comeback – the event’s Twitter account has sprung into life, teasing: “New year. New colors.”
While it’s not an out and out confirmation of a comeback, host Keighley has been responding to fans’ questions and criticisms in a manner that suggests the Summer Games Fest will definitely be getting another run this year. For example, one user said that they “hope it’ll be condensed this year”, to which he replied: “It will be.”
Obviously, last year’s event was assembled under impossible circumstances, so there’s every chance Keighley will be able to put together something much more memorable this time around. We’re eager to learn more.