Summer Game Fest Will Return Next Year

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On Twitter, journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley announced Summer Game Fest will return in Summer 2022.

“While we are hard at work on The Game Awards, I’m excited to share that Summer Game Fest will return in summer 2022,” wrote Keighley. “Stay tuned for more details!”

Keighley did not share more information beyond the announcement. It’s likely due to him focusing on The Game Awards, which will take place on December 9 at 8:00pm EST.

Started in 2020, Summer Game Fest acts as an umbrella for a slew of live streams and other video game announcements. It started as a four-month excursion before Keighley decided to lower it to two months for 2021.

The first iteration featured announcements for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, Unreal Engine 5, Star Wars: Squadrons, and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Also announced was Cuphead for the PlayStation 4.

This year’s iteration featured unveilings of Elden Ring’s release date and the Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands movie. It did not feature as many high-profile announcements, but nonetheless included plenty of trailers and smaller announcements.

Keighley started the event in lieu of E3 and Gamescom’s cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He wanted to provide publishers and developers with a different platform to make their announcements.

Instead, the original Summer Game Fest arguably felt more like a disparate slew of announcements loosely connected to one another. Subjectively, Keighley’s role in all of the announcements felt nebulous at best.

This was why Keighley opted to shorten the event to two months this year instead of four. It was arguably for the better, with the event having a clearer identity and better-connected announcements.

Williams Pelegrin

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