During a Twitter Spaces conversation over the weekend, Summer Game Fest’s showrunner Geoff Keighley has told fans to manage their expectations around the main event of June gaming season.
Transcribed by the good folks at VGC, Keighley revealed that viewers can expect to see world-first gameplay demos of games that are already announced, such as The Callisto Protocol and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but not to bank too hard on “megaton shocks” on the level of a show like The Game Awards:
“This is a really exciting weekend for me because I get to finally see things we’ve been talking about to people for months. We’ve obviously announced a bunch of things since I last talked to you guys in terms of world premieres and announcements that will be at the show.
“We’ve talked about The Callisto Protocol. That will be there. We’ll have the first gameplay demo you guys probably saw the trailer for… We’re excited to show that to you. We’ll have the first level playthrough of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: That game looks really incredible, and we’re excited to showcase that for you as well on Thursday.
“We’ll have a reveal and some news around Gotham Knights and some new footage of that game as well. Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course is really coming out on June 30th, just over three weeks away, and we’ll have some new footage and studio MDHR joining us as well for that.
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“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. 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 rumours I’m seeing out there in terms of things people expect to get announced.”
So it sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot more of some highly anticipated titles than we’ve ever seen in the past, which given the sheer volume of games being delayed into the years to come or going radio silent is honestly the best case scenario over a ton of new reveals.