Ooh, wee, ooh Summer Game Fest looks just like Buddy Holly. Geoff Keighley's second annual E3-adjacent celebration of games present and future has had its schedule revealed by the producer himself, and it's clear the show is going bigger for 2021.
Summer Game Fest begins with "Kick Off Live!" on June 10. The show will be hosted by Geoff Keighley and will feature a live performance by alt-rock outfit Weezer. More than 30 publishers will be involved with this year's event, which like last year is less of a one-off presentation and more of a multi-day carnival of game reveals. Publisher livestreams will be free to everyone and watchable on major streaming platforms.
“As a free, fan-first, global experience, Summer Game Fest will bring the entire video game community together for a memorable month of announcements and updates,” said Keighley in a statement alongside the reveal.
Summer Game Fest will include updates for fans from the following partners, with more to be announced (in alphabetical order): 2K, Activision, Amazon Games, Annapurna Interactive, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Battlestate Games, Blizzard Entertainment, CAPCOM, Devolver Digital, Dotemu, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Finji, Frontier, Gearbox Publishing, Hi-Rez Studios, Inner Sloth, Koch Media, Mediatonic, MiHoYo, PlayStation, Psyonix, Raw Fury, Riot Games, Saber Interactive, SEGA, Steam, SQUARE ENIX, Tribeca Festival, Tencent Games, Warner Bros. Games, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Xbox.
Kick Off Live! starts on June 10 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET and will feature more than a dozen world premieres and reveals from various participating publishers. Meanwhile, Weezer will debut "a brand new, stream safe game soundtrack song that can be freely streamed on Twitch, YouTube and anywhere else without being blocked or losing monetization, in an effort to help eliminate the challenges creators often encounter with popular music."
In addition, Days of the Devs, an in-depth showcase of exciting new independent games, produced and curated by iam8bit and Double Fine Productions, will be featured as part of the Kick Off Live! broadcast.