IGN Summer of Gaming: Schedule, Charity Events and More Revealed



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We at IGN are happy to reveal the schedule for our Summer of Gaming event in June, including our brand new IGN Expo showcase, where we’ll debut exclusive game reveals, trailers, gameplay demos, and more. We’re also excited to announce a series of charity events, and special Icons segments featuring interviews with iconic developers about some of the world’s most influential games.

Introducing IGN Expo

We’ve got a packed month of game reveals to bring you, not least with three days of IGN Expo, our own showcase for exclusive announcements and reveals from developers across the industry, taking place on June 5, 8 and 9.

IGN Expo will come alongside other announcements and shows from our partners across the industry throughout the month, including the likes of CD Projekt Red, Blizzard and Xbox – all accompanied by our team’s expert analysis in pre and post show coverage.

You’ll want to check out our full schedule for all the announcements, but over the month we’ll be bringing you everything from Cyberpunk 2077 details, to next-gen footage, to brand new game reveals, to exclusive footage from the likes of Wasteland 3, New World, Samurai Jack: Battle for Time and much, much more.

You can check out the entire schedule at the bottom of this story, and in the slideshow below – but remember that it’s evolving, with new games and developers joining the roster all the time. We can also say that you’ll see the likes of Arcade1Up, Blizzard, EA, Facebook/Oculus, Google Stadia, Square Enix, Ubisoft and Xbox appearing as part of Summer of Gaming, but those showings have not yet had their dates confirmed. Make sure to check back regularly for all the latest additions.

IGN Summer of Gaming Schedule

IGN’s Summer of Gaming Charity Events

As part of our Summer of Gaming programming, we’ll be raising money through charitable donations in support of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

We’ll have a number of charity-specific segments to both entertain and inspire you, including Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours, which will include some of the biggest names in pop culture, taking fans inside the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to explore guests’ unique islands in a day-long live stream. Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours will include special segments of the hit talk show Animal Talking with host and creator Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli), which streams on his Twitch channel and can be watched in VOD on his YouTube channel. Guests for this charity live stream include Candice Patton, Simu Liu, Felicia Day, Shannon Woodward, Cliff Bleszinski, Matthew Mercer, Austin Creed, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Jessica Chobot, Lauren Lapkus, Naomi Kyle, the Merrell Twins, Andrea Rene, Alanah Pearce, Arin Hanson of Game Grumps and more.

The second event, a pre-show Speedrunner Countdown Challenge, will take place at the beginning of each day of IGN’s showcase and pits the world’s greatest speedrunners in a race against time as they strive to break world records live as part of our countdown to Summer of Gaming programming. Speedrunners participating include heyZeusHeresToast playing Bloodborne, tomatoangus playing every main-line Fallout game, Bryonato playing Titanfall 2, and Biinny playing Super Mario 64, alongside many more. The pre-show Speedrunner Countdown Challenge will feature in-depth commentary provided by the speedrun charity organization Games Done Quick.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks about these two exciting events.

Icons Month

IGN’s recently begun bringing you brand new features along a set theme every month – so far we’ve covered gaming’s greatest urban legends and stories from behind the development curtain – and June is pretty special, as we kick off Icons month. We’ll be bringing you interviews, retrospectives and hot takes from some of the industry’s most iconic figures (or franchises!) throughout June – and we’re making many of them part of our Summer of Gaming live event.

Make sure to check out our schedule to see when and how you can check out our exclusive interviews with legends like John and Brenda Romero, David Hayter, Brian Fargo, and Chris Avellone.

How to Watch IGN’s Summer of Gaming

You can watch IGN’s Summer of Gaming event on several platforms, including here with us on IGN, where we’ll have live polls for viewers as well as pre- and post-show discussions with our editorial team. Viewers can also tune in to the livestream on all major streaming channels, such as Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Here’s the full list of places you can watch IGN’s Summer of Gaming event in June:

IGN’s Summer of Gaming Full Schedule

Below you’ll find our current full line-up for Summer of Gaming across June – but be aware that the event is still evolving, with new games and developers being added to the roster constantly. Asterisks denote exclusives.

June 4

Summer of Gaming Kick-Off

June 5

Pre-Show Charity Stream

  • Resident Evil 3 Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by Hazeblade

IGN Expo Debut:

  • Exclusive Reveals, Trailers, Gameplay Demos, and Developer Interviews

Reveals:

  • Unannounced Game (Funcom / The Outsiders) – Exclusive Unannounced Gameplay Reveal with The Outsiders’ David Goldfarb
  • Unannounced Game (Merge Games) – Exclusive Game Reveal
  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

Trailers:

  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse (Nacon) – Earthblood Exclusive Cinematic Trailer

Gameplay:

  • Blankos Block Party (Mythical Games) – Exclusive Trailer Debut, Exclusive Gameplay
  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry) – Exclusive Gameplay World Premiere
  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team) – Exclusive Next-Gen Deep Dive
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (Soleil Games) – Exclusive Gameplay First Look
  • Spellbreak (Proletariat, Inc) – Exclusive Announcement, Gameplay Interview, and Trailer

June 6

Pre-Show Charity Stream

  • Fallout Series Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by TomatoAngus

Partner and Publisher Showcases:

  • PC Gaming Show
  • The Guerrilla Collective Showcase Day 1

June 7

Publisher Showcase

  • The Guerrilla Collective Showcase Day 2

June 8

Pre-Show Charity Stream

  • Doom Eternal Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by Xamide

Partner and Publisher Showcases

  • Upload VR Showcase
  • The Guerrilla Collective Showcase Day 3

IGN Expo #2:

  • Exclusive Reveals, Trailers, Gameplay Demos, Developer Interviews, and Hands-On Previews

Reveals:

  • Unannounced Classic Revival (Merge Games) – Exclusive Game Reveal
  • Unannounced Game (Fabraz) – Exclusive Game Reveal

Trailers:

  • Chivalry 2 (Torn Banner Studios) – Exclusive Announcement and Trailer Reveal
  • Dual Universe (Novaquark) – Exclusive Trailer Reveal
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker (Deep Silver) – Exclusive Trailer Reveal
  • Wasteland 3 (Deep Silver) – World Exclusive Trailer
  • XIII (Microids) – Exclusive Gameplay Trailer Reveal

Previews:

  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox) – Exclusive “Bounty of Blood” DLC Preview w/ Gearbox Creative Director Matt Cox
  • The Waylanders (Gato Studio) – Exclusive Trailer and Launch Date Announcement, and Hands-On Impressions

Gameplay:

  • Second Extinction (Systemic Reaction) – Exclusive Gameplay World Premiere
  • Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller) – Exclusive Trailer Reveal, Gameplay, and Interview
  • Remnant: From the Ashes (Gunfire Games) – Gameplay and Interview with Gunfire Games

Special Icons Interview:

  • David Hayter, the original voice of Solid Snake, discusses Metal Gear.

June 9

Pre-Show Charity Stream

  • Bloodborne – Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by heyZeusHeresToast

IGN Expo #3:

  • Exclusive Trailers, Gameplay Demos, Developer Interviews, and Hands-On Previews

Trailers:

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (SEGA / ATLUS) – Exclusive Reveal
  • Everspace 2 (ROCKFISH Games) – Exclusive Alpha Gameplay Reveal Trailer
  • Guilty Gear Strive (Arc Systems Works) – Exclusive Character Reveal Trailer
  • Humble Bundle Indies Showcase
  • Stronghold: Warlords (Firefly Studios) – Exclusive Multiplayer Trailer and Launch Date Announcement

Gameplay:

  • Everspace 2 (ROCKFISH Games) – Exclusive Alpha Gameplay and Interview with ROCKFISH Games CEO & Co-Founder Michael Schade
  • Iron Oath (Humble Bundle) – Exclusive Reveal Trailer and First Gameplay Reveal and Interview
  • New World (Amazon Game Studios) – Exclusive War PvP Gameplay, Developer Interview
  • Skater XL (Easy Day Studios) – Exclusive Switch Footage Reveal and Demo
  • Solasta Crown of the Magister (Tactical Adventures) – Exclusive Gameplay Trailer and Gameplay Interview
  • Total War: Troy (Creative Assembly) – Exclusive Gameplay Interview
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (SEGA) – Exclusive Gameplay and Interview

Previews:

  • Blue Fire (Graffiti Games/Robi Studios) – Exclusive Preview
  • Humankind (SEGA) – Exclusive Hands-on Impressions

Special Icons Interview:

  • Brian Fargo discusses the founding of Blizzard, and why RPG fans should be looking forward to Wasteland 3.

June 11

Pre-Show Charity Stream

  • Titanfall 2 – Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by Bryonato

Publisher Showcases

  • CD Projekt RED Livestream (with IGN pre- and post-shows)
  • EA Play LIVE (with IGN pre- and post-shows)

IGN Exclusives, Gameplay Demos, and Developer Interviews:

Gameplay:

  • Humankind (Amplitude Studios) – Exclusive Gameplay Interview
  • More TBA

June 12

Charity Stream: Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours

With special segments of the viral hit talk show Animal Talking with host and creator Gary Whitta and guests Candice Patton, Simu Liu, Felicia Day, Shannon Woodward, Cliff Bleszinski, Matthew Mercer, Austin Creed, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Jessica Chobot, Lauren Lapkus, Naomi Kyle, the Merrell Twins, Andrea Rene, Alanah Pearce, Arin Hanson of Game Grumps

June 15

Pre-Show Charity Stream

  • Spongebob: Battle for Bikini Bottom Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by Rubbertoe64

IGN Exclusives, Reveals, Trailers, Gameplay Demos, and Developer Interviews:

Reveals:

  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

Trailers:

  • Castlestorm 2 (Zen Studios) – Launch Announcement Trailer
  • Ninjala (GungHo Entertainment) – Exclusive Trailer Reveal

Gameplay:

  • Corepunk (Artificial Core) – Exclusive Gameplay and Interview
  • Destroy All Humans! (THQ Nordic) – Gameplay and Interview
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition (Hangar 13) – Worldwide Gameplay Debut w/ Hangar 13 President and CCO Haden Blackman
  • Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco) – Exclusive Trailer and Gameplay Interview with Game Director Kenji Anabuki
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (THQ Nordic) – Rehydrated Exclusive Early Access Livestream
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (THQ Nordic) – Rehydrated Exclusive Gameplay Interview
  • Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus (Kasedo Games) – Exclusive Gameplay and Commentary

June 18

Pre-Show Charity Stream:

  • Super Mario 64 Speedrunner Countdown Challenge – by Biinny

IGN Exclusives, Gameplay Demos, and Developer Interviews

Gameplay:

  • Torchlight III (Perfect World Entertainment) – Gameplay and Interview with Series Creator Max Schaefer
  • Unannounced Developer Interview and Exclusive Gameplay Deep-Dive

Special Icons Interviews:

  • Chris Avellone, writer of Fallout New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, discusses the magic ingredients in a great RPG.
  • John Romero, creator of Doom, and game designer Brenda Romero, discuss RPGs and shooters in 2020.

June 24

IGN Exclusives, Reveals, Gameplay Demos, and Developer Interviews

Reveals:

  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

Trailers:

  • Dreamscaper (Afterburner Studios) – Exclusive Gameplay Feature Deep Dive
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One (Frogwares) – Exclusive Behind the Scenes Look



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