When E3 2020 was canceled earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seemed at first like fans would be doomed to spend a whole summer without any big gaming news. But live streaming has made it easier than ever before for publishers to broadcast the latest and greatest they have to offer directly to gamers through Twitch, YouTube, and other digital platforms. In fact, Nintendo’s revolutionary Direct E3 broadcasts have paved the way for this online approach that quite a few publishers and studios will use to reach their fans during the summer of social distancing.
There are plenty of E3 replacement events happening, including the PS5 reveal stream, IGN Expo and Summer of Gaming, as well as Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, which will be jam-packed with hours of big reveals, gameplay footage, developer interviews, and much more. You can find a full schedule of events here.
On top of these big curated events, Xbox, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and other publishers will put on their own shows this summer. EA will host its yearly EA Play event in June as planned, while Ubisoft will unveil a new slate of titles in July. Xbox will showcase its first-party titles for the Xbox Series X sometime in July as well. And we don’t even know what surprises PlayStation and Nintendo might have in store for fans! This is good news for those who are no doubt ready to hear more about the big games coming to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in 2020 and beyond.
Den of Geek will be covering all of the big moments from Summer Game Fest, IGN Summer of Gaming, and more. If you want to keep up with all of the updates coming out of this year’s online events, keep this special news hub handy!
We’ve made some predictions regarding what reveals, news, and surprises fans could see this year. But There’s still the question of how 2020’s announcements will compare to E3’s biggest reveals of all time, which we ranked! And why is E3 such a big deal in the first place? Here are 50 facts that have defined the trade show and transformed it into the biggest week on the gaming calendar.
Below, you’ll find a rundown of all of the gaming news you need to know:
E3 2020 Online Events News
Star Wars Squadrons Announced
Electronic Arts has confirmed that Star Wars Squadrons is the publisher’s next Star Wars game. In a Tweet to its followers, EA announced that it will drop the reveal trailer on June 15 at 11 am ET. The poster, which teases a space combat game involving X-wings, Y-wings, A-wings, TIE fighters, Star Destroyers, and more, is pretty amazing, too.
PlayStation 5 Games Confirmed So Far
The PS5 reveal event fleshed out the list of games coming to Sony’s next-gen console, including several titles confirmed for a 2021 release date.
The PS5 Unveiled
We finally know what the PlayStation 5 looks like, and it’s unlike any Sony console we’ve ever seen in the past. In fact, it’s not quite like any console we’ve seen ever. You can see a picture of the console above.
As many guessed after the reveal of the DualSense controller earlier this year, the console has a white shell — a first for PlayStation — with black insides and blue lighting. The PS5 also boasts a curved design, which greatly differs from the Xbox Series X‘s more blocky design. Before you ask, yes, the PS5 can both stand and lie flat, so you can set it up based on your needs and space.
PlayStation 5 Console Design Explained by Sony
Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan has been chatting about the unique design of the PlayStation 5 and the thinking behind look of the console.
“The PlayStation sits in the living area of most homes, and we kind of felt it would be nice to provide a design that would really grace most living areas,” Ryan said in an interview with the BBC. “That’s what we’ve tried to do. And, you know, we think we’ve been successful in that.”
PlayStation 5 Will Significantly Outsell Xbox Series X, Says Analyst
Ampere Analysis’ research director for games, Piers Harding-Rolls, is predicting that the PlayStation 5 will far outsell the Xbox Series X. It’s too early to make a prediction, in our opinion, especially since we don’t yet know the release dates or prices of these next-gen consoles, but this won’t be the last analytical report we’ll hear before the next-gen console war begins in earnest.
Marvel’s Spider-Man PS5 Sequel Stars Miles Morales
“The latest adventure in the Spider-Man universe will build on and expand Marvel’s Spider-Man through an all-new story,” reads a description about the new PS5 game in a PlayStation blog post. “Players will experience the rise of Miles Morales as he masters new powers to become his own Spider-Man.”
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales boasts that “with PS5’s ultra-fast SSD, players can near-instantaneously fast-travel across Marvel’s New York City, or feel the tension of each one of Miles’s web-swings, punches, web shots, and venom blasts with the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback. Highly-detailed character models and enhanced visuals across the game intensify the story of Miles Morales as he faces great, new challenges while learning to be his own Spider-Man.”
Horizon Forbidden West Is One of the PS5’s Big Exclusives
As we predicted before the start of the show, Horizon Zero Dawn is getting a sequel called Forbidden West and it will be one of the PS5’s big exclusives this holiday. This installment will see Aloy travel farther west than ever before, where she’ll encounter new wildlife and beautiful backdrops to rival the original’s stunning vistas.
Horizon Forbidden West: Trailer Breakdown and Analysis
There’s a lot to unpack in the first trailer for Horizon Forbidden West. Here are a few things we found that might tell us more about the sequel’s story!
Ratchet and Clank Are Back for a New PS5 Adventure
No PlayStation console is complete without a new Ratch and Clank game. As revealed during Sony’s reveal event, the sci-fi action-adventure series is coming to the PS5. The new game tackles a story about multiple dimensions and how they’re being “merged, torn, and manipulated.”
Resident Evil Village Is the Sequel to Resident Evil 7
The long-rumored Resident Evil 8: Village was officially announced by Capcom during June’s PlayStation 5 reveal event. The game takes place a few years after Resident Evil 7 and sees the return of Ethan Winters and his wife Mia.
After the terrible events they witnessed and survived on the Baker plantation in Resident Evil 7, Ethan and Mia have finally settled down and left the past behind them. But when Umbrella agent Chris Redfield shows back up in their lives, Ethan is thrust back into the nightmare, “setting off a chain of events that sees a distraught Ethan seeking answers to Chris’s shocking actions… and ultimately finding him in a mysterious village.”
Resident Evil Village Trailer Easter Eggs You May Have Missed
There’s a lot to unpack in the first Resident Evil Village trailer. We found a few things that may connect to other parts of the series as well as hints about the game’s story.
Hitman 3 Will Bring the Trilogy to an End
Hitman 3 has been announced by IO Interactive! The latest sequel in the stealth series will see Agent 47 face off against a whole new band of foes as well as take down a whole new list of targets. IO is not only positioning this game as the conclusion of its latest Hitman trilogy, but also intends to bring the entire three-game experience to Hitman 3 so that players can revisit levels from past installments.
Details are a bit vague about how this system is going to ultimately work, but IO suggests there will be a way to carry over progress from past games to Hitman 3. This could turn out to be the complete Hitman experience you’ve been waiting for.
Demon’s Souls Is Getting a Remake!
The FromSoftware action RPG that started it all is getting the remake it deserves. Rebuilt from the ground up with stunning new visuals, which include state-of-the-art shadow effects and ray-tracing, Dark Souls predecessor Demon’s Souls has never looked better.
Ghostwire: Tokyo Is a Creepy First-Person Horror Game
Ghostwire: Tokyo, Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ next game, is a first-person horror title that pits the player against evil spirits in a Tokyo haunted by supernatural forces and ravaged by a Rapture-like event. It also happens to be action-packed. We got out first look at gameplay for this PS5 exclusive during Sony’s June reveal event.
Deathloop: Gameplay Revealed for PS5 Exclusive
First announced at Bethesda’s E3 2019 conference, we learned a lot more about Arkane Studios’ latest action game during the PS5 reveal event. Not only did we get our first look at actual gameplay but it was also confirmed that the game will be a console exclusive for the PS5. PC fans can still get a copy, though.
GTA 5 Will Release on Next-Gen Consoles
Rockstar refuses to let GTA V go. Seven years after the beloved open-world game first released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar’s most successful title is hitting next-gen consoles. Best of all, a standalone version of GTA Online will be free to download for all PS5 users for the first three months after the game launches in the second half of 2021.
New Xbox Series Trailer
Right before Sony was set to unveil the PlayStation 5, Microsoft took the opportunity to drop a new promo for the Xbox Series X that features new footage of a few games running on the next-gen console. It’s an impressive couple of seconds of gameplay that will leave you wanting more.
Watch the trailer here.
The Riftbreaker Looks Amazing
The Riftbreaker is one of the most impressive indies we’ve seen during this year’s reveal events. It’s like a mix of Diablo, Factorio, and They Are Billions, combining base-building, action RPG combat, and real-time strategy. Not only will you have to go out and take kill hordes of dangerous enemies in order to upgrade your gear and craft new weapons but you’ll also have to defend your base from invading forces. And you even get to drive a cool mech!
Alex Kidd Is Back!
Before Sega had Sonic the Hedgehog, it had Alex Kidd, the high-flying protagonist of several ’80s platformers on the Master System and Genesis consoles. While Alex has long been regarded as a relic of gaming’s 8-bt and 16-bit era, forgotten after the blue hedgehog took over as Sega‘s mascot in 1991, Merge Games and Jankenteam are planning the little hero’s big comeback. During the first day of IGN Expo in June, the studios announced Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, a remake of the classic 1986 platformer for the Sega Master System.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gameplay Trailer
Sega is bringing the next Yakuza game to next-gen consoles. Release in Japan as Yakuza 7, Like a Dragon is meant to be an all-new jumping-on point for newcomers to the series, introducing a new main character and storyline.
You play as Ichiban Kasuga, “a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family, betrayed, alone, and left on the brink of death by the man he trusted most.” After being released from an 18-year prison sentence, Ichiban must work his way up the ladder, performing a mix of jobs and tasks in the city of Yokohama.
Check out new gameplay here.
Mortal Shell Is a New Souls-Like Action RPG
Fans missing Dark Souls should have a look at Mortal Shell, a new action RPG from Cold Symmetry that wears its FromSoftware influence on its sleeve. The game mixes intense combat with insane difficulty and pits players against plenty of massive bosses. Cold Symmetry is very frank about their goal with Mortal Shell: as big fans of Dark Souls, they’re making the game they’d want to play.
Chivalry 2: New Trailer
Chivalry 2 is the sequel to the beloved medieval melee combat game. Two teams face off for blood online battles of up to 64 players. Prepare to return to the hectic battlefields of yore on current-gen and next-gen consoles. A new trailer that premiered at IGN Expo even gave us some new details about the game.
Watch the trailer here.
Metal: Hellsinger Is an Insane Rhythm FPS
Metal: Hellsinger, a shooter clearly inspired by fast-paced FPS games like Doom, is a new rhythm shooter that has you killing demons to the beat of metal music. The better you move to the beat of the music, the stronger you get. Players will shoot their way through eight different versions of Hell to take down the big bad of the game, the Red Judge. As a bonus, the game is narrated by veteran voice actor Troy Baker!
Read the full story and watch all of the gameplay here.
Second Extinction Gameplay Revealed
Love co-op games? Love dino action games like Turok and Dino Crisis? Then this 3-player co-op game set in a post-apocalyptic future where mutated dinosaurs have taken over the world may just be for you. Developer Systemic Reaction revealed our first real look at the gameplay, showing off some of the intriguing action setpieces that await players when the game launches its beta later this year.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood Gets a New Trailer
Those wondering where all the werewolves in video games will find them in the uniquely titled action RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood. You play as Cahal, an eco-terrorist werewolf who’s fighting an evil corporation that’s polluting in the American Northwest. You’ll be able to switch between Cahal’s human, wolf, and werewolf forms to complete different tasks in the game.
Check out the new trailer and all of the gameplay and story details here.
New Wasteland 3 Story Trailer
Wasteland 3 sees the Rangers set out on a new adventure to post-apocalyptic Colorado, where they’ll encounter new enemy factions and dangers. inXile revealed a whole new look at the game at IGN Expo that will definitely leave you hyped for the release in August.
Watch the trailer here.
The Last of Us Part II: A New Trailer Is Here!
Just over a week from launch, Naughty Dog dropped the launch trailer for The Last of Us Part II, which is poised to be Sony’s biggest release of the year outside of the PlayStation 5.
Watch the trailer here.
The Last of Us Part III Could Be Naughty Dog’s Next Game
In an interview with GQ, The Last of Us Part II creative director Neil Druckmann suggested that Naughty Dog’s next big project could be a third game in The Last of Us series or a new IP.
“As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can’t help but think about the next thing,” Druckmann said. “So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP.”
Destiny 2’s Future Is Bright
Bungie has shown us the future of Destiny 2. From new expansions, a new storyline that will dig into the “true nature of the Light and the Darkness,” and a new initiative meant to make content for manageable and cohesive going forward, Bungie is looking to make big changes to its Action MMO universe.
But while all of this sounds very exciting, there are still some things Bungie would do well to address before and during Destiny 2‘s Year 4 expansion, Beyond Light.
Destiny 2: Who is the Witch Queen?
The 2021 Destiny 2 expansion is called The Witch Queen, which may leave some people wondering about the identity of the Hive villain in question. Well, it’s none other than Savathûn, a character whose arrival has long been teased in the Destiny universe. There are quite a few pieces of lore you need to know about the new villain before facing off with her next year.
Destiny 2: Exo Stranger’s Return Explained
Destiny 2: Beyond Light will see the return of the Exo Stranger, a mysterious character first introduced in the first game’s vanilla story campaign. Why is she back and what does her surprise reappearance mean for the Destiny universe and the Exo race as a whole? We broke down the big reveal and what’s next for Destiny‘s massive story.
Destiny 2: The Future of the MMO Revealed
Bungie has mapped out the future of Destiny 2 farther than anyone expected. The developer announced not only Beyond Light as this year’s big expansion but also The Witch Queen and Lightfall, the Year 5 and 6 updates out in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The studio has also introduced the Destiny Content Vault, a new initiative that will allow Bungie to cycle Destiny 1 content into Destiny 2.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light Is the Big Year 4 Expansion
Bungie has unveiled the big Year 4 expansion for Destiny 2. It’s called Beyond Light and will see players learn more about the Darkness and even allow Guardians to wield a Dark ability for the first time called Stasis. The expansion will also introduce a new location to the Destiny universe, the Jupiter moon of Europa, a destination that was originally planned for the first Destiny but was eventually cut from the game. A new raid is also coming to the game. It’s called Deep Stone Crypt, which “has remained dormant” until now, according to Bungie.
New Bungie Game Described as “Comedic”
A new Bungie job listing seems to shed some light on the studio’s next franchise. A listing on the Bungie career page for an incubation art director describes this new project as “something comedic with lighthearted and whimsical characters,” suggesting that the developer’s next title will be a bit different in tone from Destiny or Halo. Two other listings suggest that the new game will have RPG elements, a deep combat system, and an in-game economy similar to Destiny.
Read the full story here.