Like a lot of you, I watched the Summer time Game Fest showcase at present. On the finish, host and SGF creator Geoff Keighley started saying the large reveal and I rose from my torpor in a short haze of pleasure. Hideo Kojima, some Demise Stranding 2 footage? Oh he is talked about RPGs… FromSoftware? Elden Ring DLC trailer?!?

No. It was one thing that likely excites many, a brand new trailer for Closing Fantasy 7 Remake Half 2, however I’m a completely historical and smart being that is aware of a greater model of that game already got here out in 1997. FF7 remake was hardly the difficulty right here although.

There is a crucial caveat about Summer time Game Fest, which is that the narrative that it “killed” E3 or goes to exchange E3 is a false one. E3 was killed by an absence of trade assist, and possibly some poor administration choices on the way in which there. Placing on one thing of the dimensions of E3, a bodily occasion held within the Los Angeles conference centre for days, requires a variety of publishers to place up some huge cash. Do not take a look at Geoff Keighley when questioning why E3’s gone. Have a look at E3, and take a look at the video games trade and their choice for self-contained broadcast showcases over stay occasions.

However, the E3 interval stays, and Keighley himself has tried to model the varied showcases as a part of an general Summer time Game Fest. By that logic the Summer time Game Fest interval (I am nonetheless not committing, Geoff) would incorporate issues like final month’s PlayStation showcase, the Xbox showcase, Starfield showcase, PC Gaming Show, Ubisoft showcase, Capcom showcase, and the Day of the Devs and Devolver Direct stream, in addition to others. So there will certainly be larger megatons than a FF7 Remake trailer. However it nonetheless is not the identical.

Over the pandemic years it was apparent why E3 wasn’t occurring, and we handled these digital substitutes in all elements of our lives. There was the expectation E3 would return sooner or later, with all of the ineffable qualities an in-person occasion where the giants rub shoulders carry. Now it is clear that is not going to occur, and watching tonight’s Summer time Game Fest showcase actually introduced residence to me what we have misplaced.

Every part at SGF was one thing that may have been at a hypothetical “E3 2023” anyway, and in the end it’s important to work with no matter’s on the market, so I am not knocking the trouble. However because the showcase named for the Summer time Game Fest interval we’re imagined to be in, this felt nearly cheesy at elements just like the Taco Bell supply phase. The names had been huge, with the likes of Prince of Persia, Sonic, Yakuza, and Closing Fantasy represented, however it felt like publishers had been providing up the facet initiatives whereas retaining the actual meat for their very own or a platform-holder’s showcase.

When Nicolas Cage rocking as much as discuss nothing might be essentially the most thrilling component of a videogames show, I believe you are in bother. This all felt not simply small however inconsequential. If these items are where you are imagined to see the way forward for video games, I am unsure I ever felt like that tonight.

It is one thing of a US trade failure to have let E3 die so simply. Japan nonetheless has Tokyo Game Show. Europe nonetheless has GamesCom. And so they each nonetheless get huge bulletins and that buzz of getting a bit of the trade collectively. I ponder whether the trade’s making the identical mistake it did with E3. If that is gone, and SGF is the factor to exchange it, and we’re all imagined to get enthusiastic about SGF now… properly, Geoff Keighley wants higher assist than that.

As for E3 itself, although: That died with E3, and I do not suppose the US video games trade is able to really changing it. I am unhappy that, at the very least for now, livestreams from rooms with small crowds interspersed with QR adverts are our post-E3 future.