E3 2022, in fact, did not happen. Instead, we had the third annual Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and a handful of related and not-so-connected streams and occasions from different gaming media retailers and publishers. While we had a full weekend of video games on show and greater than sufficient to cowl, there’s one thing concerning the present setup for the sport trade’s largest data dump of the yr that is leaving me pissed off and unhappy. I discover myself lacking the tight encapsulation of pleasure E3 used to supply.
What I’d prefer to see return subsequent yr is the try and cram the entire massive summer season trade information into one week or a timeframe near it. All the higher if these occasions may coalesce in a single basic location. We used to have a great seven days or so of occasions, press conferences, and present flooring demos that would supply all kinds of data for the next yr of video games and past. It was normally a large number to cowl even when everybody shared a conference present flooring, however for followers of video games, E3 week was a constant and structured time the place I knew sport information was going to occur, and as soon as it was over, I knew that was it till Gamescom. E3 week felt necessary and was important viewing. The unfold of occasions has, in some methods, lessened the affect of gaming’s most vital time of yr.
My drawback with the present occasion construction is we’re in week three of summer season occasions, and it appears like we have solely seen 1/3 of the bulletins. Whatever we’re calling this pseudo-E3 is stretching on far too lengthy. We’ve had massive showcases from PlayStation’s third-party companions, Summer Game Fest, Xbox, and different streams targeted on indie video games and lesser-known titles peppered all through. The puzzle feels incomplete even with hours of occasions over and accomplished with. Sony’s major showcase hasn’t occurred, Nintendo’s anticipated Direct has but to be penciled into our calendars, and massive publishers like Ubisoft, EA, Bandai Namco, and the assorted Embracer manufacturers have hardly proven up or nonetheless have occasions to return.
To be clear, I’m not advocating for every part to be rerun by the ESA; that group’s flagship present has been canceled a number of occasions for greater than a world pandemic. At this level, most main publishers are large media organizations and can deal with when and the place to point out off their video games. Just have a look at the crater of what E3 was, and take components from it that labored. Bring a bulk of the trade collectively in a single place, and share what everyone seems to be engaged on in a single week or so. Keep it concise and hype so we will get on with our summer season and never fear about limitless occasions for weeks.