E3 2021 was very completely different from most, we wrote final 12 months, however some issues by no means change: As the season of main reveals and bulletins approaches, huge leaks are certain to occur. But, effectively, perhaps issues do change? With the massive week for bulletins upon us—E3 is technically off, however the subsequent few days will nonetheless see the Summer Game Fest, PC Gaming Show, Future Games Show, the Xbox/ – Bethesda Showcase, Wholesome Direct, and extra—we’ve got but to see any main surprises blown.
The record of leaks in 2021 was beefy. It included a prolonged lineup of video games that will be proven at E3, the announcement of Two Point Campus and a “Marvel XCOM game” from Firaxis (now often known as Marvel’s Midnight Suns), Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, and (after all) the long-awaited first look of Elden Ring, which Summer Game Festmeister Geoff Keighley himself teased on Twitter.
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2022 hasn’t been practically as leaky, nevertheless. There have been predictions and rumors, as all the time—we have even acquired a listing of our personal E3 2022 predictions—however precise full-scale leaks, like when Walmart Canada blew the horn on Rage 2 (or, extra just lately, when untimely preorders for Marvel’s Midnight Suns let slip that Spider-Man and the Scarlet Witch are coming to the game) are in unusually brief provide. (I suppose we might depend that as an early E3 leak, nevertheless it’s nonetheless small-time in comparison with Midnight Suns’ existence leaking out final 12 months.) One probably huge spill got here earlier at present when Tom Henderson stated that Hideo Kojima is at present engaged on a brand new horror game referred to as Overdose, and given Kojima’s friendship with Geoff Keighley it could be a pure Summer Game Fest announcement—however there is not any point out of a deliberate announcement on the show in Henderson’s leak. Even if the leak is correct, it contains no imagery and scant particulars in regards to the game.
Part of which may be because of the truth that Keighley has already spilled the beans on among the huge issues coming this 12 months, together with the primary gameplay footage from the Dead Space-alike horror game The Callisto Protocol, a playthrough of a marketing campaign stage from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remake, and data on Gotham Knights. You cannot leak what’s already recognized, in any case.
But one other potential issue is that this could possibly be a comparatively mild 12 months for E3 season. Two years of Covid-related game delays have taken a toll, and perhaps the shortage of an E3 correct has satisfied extra publishers to maintain issues buttoned up till later this 12 months. The shadow of Grand Theft Auto 6 looms massive, after all, however Keighley stated in a latest Twitter Spaces session (through VGC) that folks should not get too wound up about what’s coming, as a result of the main focus will probably be on new content material, not new video games.
“What I would say is that a lot of the games we’re going to show you are going to be [already] announced… games are going to show new content to you, like some of the ones I’ve mentioned,” Keighley stated. “We’ve got a couple of new game announcements in the show and hopefully some surprises if everything holds. But it definitely is a show that’s primarily focused on stuff that is announced.”
“So we’re doing some good stuff for you, but definitely manage your expectations in terms of the megaton shocks that you’re expecting. This is not The Game Awards. We’ve got lots of good stuff to show you but buyer beware of some of the crazy rumors I’m seeing out there in terms of things people expect to get announced.”
There’s nonetheless time for an info-dam to interrupt someplace, however not a lot: The Summer Game Fest is ready to kick off at 11 am PT/2 pm ET on June 9, and will probably be adopted by different occasions together with the PC Gaming Show, Future Games Show, Xbox-Bethesdda showcase, Guerrilla Collective, Wholesome Direct, and extra over the subsequent a number of days. Here’s our full not-E3 schedule.