All The Australian Times For Not-E3 2020

All The Australian Times For Not-E3 2020

E3’s a lot more complicated this year. Sure, the event we know as E3 2020 was officially cancelled, but all the announcement and showcases you know and love haven’t been. Sort of. Here’s all the local dates and times to mark in your calendar.

This post has been updated since its original publication, most recently to include The Escapist Indie Showcase on June 12 Australian time.

IGN’s Summer of Gaming – Starting June 11 6:30am AEST

This event will feature new game announcements, interviews and gameplay from publishers and developers like 2K Games, Square Enix, EA, Devolver Digital and more. There’s a bunch of showcases planned across a two week period and you can view the full line-up here. Note the dates and times currently shown have not been updated since the event was rescheduled, but the list does give a good idea about the sheer scope of the event.

The schedule will begin with a charity livestream, but from 6:30am AESTon the Thursday, there’ll be a string of new games from Funcom, Fabraz and Merge Games:

  • Unannounced Classic Revival (Merge Games)
  • Unannounced Game (Fabraz)
  • Unannounced Game (Funcom / The Outsiders)
  • Unannounced Games (Arcade1Up)
  • Beyond Blue (E-Line Media)
  • Chivalry 2 (Torn Banner Studios and Tripwire Presents)
  • Dual Universe (Novaquark)
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker (Deep Silver)
  • Voidtrain (Nearga)
  • Wasteland 3 (Deep Silver)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse (Nacon)
  • GTFO (10 Chambers Collective)
  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry)
  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team)
  • Second Extinction (Systemic Reaction)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (SEGA)

In the days afterwards, there’ll be more footage from Spellbreak, Iron Oath, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Everspace 2, and more.

Freeplay – June 10 through 14

An Australian festival, 2020 will mark Freeplay’s 16th year of highlighting indies, alternative and experimental video games. The five-day festival will be held exclusively online this year, with the keynote being delivered by Bahiyya Khan, creator of the FMV game HOURS.

The Escapist Indie Showcase – June 12, 4:00am AEST

A collaboration between GOG and The Escapist website, the indie showcase will feature over 70 indie titles in total. It’ll be followed up by two days of interviews and discussion, but for most people, the main interest will be the Direct-style premiere video on June 12 Australian time.

It’ll kick off at 4:00am AEST / 6:00am NZST / 2:00am AWST, just before the grand PS5 showing later that morning.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 Showcase – June 12 6:00am AEST

After initially cancelling the livestream, Sony announced recently that their showcase of games would air at 6:00am on June 12 Australian time.

The showcase will air be shown at 1080p, 30fps, with Sony saying this “eased the show’s production process during a time when many of our team and developers are working from home”. The publisher also recommended everyone listen to the livestream with headphones, if possible:

“There’s some cool audio work in the show, and it might be harder to appreciate if it’s pumped through your phone or laptop speakers.”

You can watch the livestream below.

Guerrilla Collective – June 14-16 at 3:00am AEST / 5:00am NZST

Guerrilla Collective is a multi-day showcase focused on indie and mid-sized studios hosted by Kinda Funny co-founder Greg Miller. It was originally due to run across June 6 to 8, but the Black Lives Matter protests convinced organisers to push the event back a week:

Some of the studios attached to it are 11 Bit Studios, makers of Frostpunk, Larian Studios, makers of Baldur’s Gate III, and Versus Evil, the people behind The Banner Saga and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The folks behind Disco Elysium will also be there. Is it too much to hope that an expansion is already in the works?

PC Gaming Show – June 14 at 5:00am AEST / 7:00am NZST

A one-off broadcast that sounds like it will take place during the larger Guerrilla Collective event, this year’s PC Gaming Show will once again be hosted by former StarCraft pro Sean “Day9″ Plott and esports broadcaster Frankie Ward. Usually these play out as a bunch of people casually sitting around a couch demoing games from all different genres. Big,, unexpected announcements are rare, but the PC Gaming Show can be perfect for hearing fascinating insights about passion projects from the developers themselves.

The show was originally scheduled for June 7 Australian time, but has since been pushed back to June 14 as a result of the ongoing riots in the United States.

Future Games Show – June 14 at 7:30am AEST / 9:30am NZST

Scheduled to run after the PC Gaming Show, the Future Games Show was another event postponed as a result of the turmoil in the United States. Running Sunday morning Australian time, the showcase will feature “a mixture of exclusives, deep dives and developer interviews”, featuring console, mobile and “streaming games of 2020”.

Steam Game Festival – June 16 through 22

Technically part of Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, I wanted to break out the Steam Game Festival separately since this is actually when demos for some of the games unveiled at the various events will become playable. As the name suggests, the demos go up on Steam. This year Microsoft will also be part of the event, suggesting that demos for some of its first-party games could potentially go live at this time as well.

EA, Play Live 2020 – June 18 at 9:00am AEST / 11:00am NZST

Traditional EA Play events let members of the public play demos and mingle with influencers, but this year’s showing will obviously be online. The publisher hasn’t revealed what will be on display, but between EA Access coming to Steam sometime this year and Anthem 2.0 currently in the works, EA has plenty to talk about.

Day of the Devs – June 23 at 1:00am AEST / 3:00am NZST

The Game Awards and iam8bit are partnering with Double Fine on a digital Day of the Devs event showcasing indie games and “larger scale projects.” The first leg of it will be in late June, followed by another on July 21. Both will feature the likes of studios such as The Behemoth, Sabotage Studio, Team17, thatgamecompany, and Tribute Games and include gameplay previews and new indie game debuts.

Sega, New Game+ Expo – June 24 at 1:00am AEST / 3:00am NZST

Sega is joining with Koei Tecmo, Nis America, and a bunch of other publishers from Japan and North America to share new game announcements, interviews, and gameplay demos in a digital showcase it’s galling New Game+ Expo. Hopefully we’ll catch a glimpse of an interesting JRPG or two. The entire thing will stream over on Twitch.

CD Projekt Red, Night City Wire – June 25 at TBD

The makers of Cyberpunk 2077, originally supposed to come out in April, announced a livestream all about the now-upcoming game. Who knows what it will include? More celebrity cameos perhaps? Or maybe a Switch demake with an accompanying Amiibo? Whatever CD Projekt Red announces, hopefully it’s not another delay.

Ubisoft, Move Forward – July 13 at 5:00am AEST / 7:00am NZST

Rather than sticking to the E3 timeframe from prior years, Ubisoft’s replacement event will take place in July. The publisher is still calling it an “E3-style showcase” though, and says it’ll include reveals of new games. In addition to finding out more about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla we will hopefully get a release date for Watch Dogs Legion. It was originally set to arrive in March but Ubisoft delayed it until sometime before April 2021.

Microsoft, Xbox 20/20 – July, TBD

We already got a look at some of the games coming to Microsoft’s next-gen console in early May, but that was just the first in a series of monthly events showcasing the company’s plans. While there will be one in June as well, Microsoft hasn’t said anything about it. Instead, the company’s promoting its July event, where it will focus on its upcoming first-party games. Microsoft went on a shopping spree in 2018 and now has 15 in-house studios working on new games for the upcoming Xbox Series X console. One of them is Halo Infinite, set to come out this fall and long overdue for some gameplay footage. Meaning, real gameplay footage.

Other events coming in the next few months are Devolver Digital’s annual E3-adjacent press conference, which is still in the works but doesn’t have a date yet, and boutique physical game publisher Limited Run Games’ press conference, slated for June 9 at 8:00 a.m. AEST.

Sony will also be revealing the PlayStation 5 and its games line-up sometime soon, although the original event scheduled for June 5 has since been indefinitely delayed. Expect a new date to be announced soon.

Other publishers like Square Enix and Warner Bros. haven’t confirmed any individual digital replacement events yet (but may be involved in IGN’s Summer of Gaming and Summer Game Fest respectively), while Bethesda previously stated it would not be holding a digital showcase in June.


  • Can’t wait for the E3 tweet-storms to explode, consume the Internet, then die… all in the time before I get home from work, resulting in me being figuratively years out of the loop and puzzled by the only remains: the six-degrees-separated reference memes that will have sprung up in the charred remains.

  • 2am again for Nintendo. Guess I’ll get up a little earlier than normal, wake my son and watch together. He’s only 6 but we both enjoy watching these in the morning after they air.

    • I don’t see the point of stay up for there thing. Like, all they do now is pre-recorded vid. Better off just sleeping.

      • Yeah, I wasn’t clear. We’ll get up a bit earlier than normal and watch it before the day starts. No way I’m getting up to watch it live.

        • lol, mean neither. I will just stay up in the end anyway. I have, for the past 3 or so years, watched all the E3 stuff live. It fucks my sleeping up to no end, but being unemployed means I can, so until I get a job, why not? lol

  • Looking forward to Bethesda.

    Will Todd and Pete show their faces after the Fallout 76 debacle?

    Will they rush out Starfield or ESVI to gain some positive publicity?

    The possibilities are limitless!

  • I won’t be watching the Nintendo Direct at 2am during this year’s E3 but I will watch the replay for the Nintendo Direct.
    I hope Banjo and Kazooie get announced as our second DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate because I think it’s time that British developer Rare brings Banjo and Kazooie back home to Nintendo and with Crash Team Racing coming out on June 21.
    I hope Activision make this announcement at this year’s E3 and bring Spyro Reignited Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch this year.
    That’s what I want to see I also want to see Atlus bring us the original Persona 5 on to the Nintendo Switch.
    Once we get all those E3 announcements this year I’ll get back to you ASAP.

    • I think its the fact Sony and some others have pulled out. And the general shittiness of the games industry as a whole this year and last.

      Im only really going to watch xbox and Ubisoft. EA will be 75% Sports games so its not even worth watching.

        • Am i crazy or does it feel like this generation has been shorter than the 360/PS3 generation?

          It doesnt feel like we have had this current generation of consoles that long.

          • 2013 to 2020 is a pretty standard time frame, if you ignore that the PS4 Pro / Xbox One X didn’t totally supplant the base consoles

    • Haha, I thought I’d had a turn reading comments that didn’t match with what I read in the article. It wasn’t until Banjo Kazooie for Smash got mentioned that I clued on.

    • Yeah, @alexwalker mentioned once before that because of the way their CMS works it’s better to update old articles than create new ones for certain topics. I forget exactly the reasoning behind it.

      • Sort of. Let me explain.

        It’s better (like, so significantly better that you would be professionally insane not to do it) to re-use the URLs from older articles because of Google. That’s where things stand right now, anyway.

        Our CMS doesn’t give us the functionality to set comments fresh, so when we do re-use an old URL, it brings all the comments over with it. I could delete them manually so the post looks fresh, but that’d also flag the accounts because comments were removed. And you’d see that all the comments were deleted, so it’d just look messy on site.

        Also, as you might have seen on Giz, we’re going through a redesign ATM. That’s not affecting how comments work currently, but it means small edge cases like this just aren’t a priority while bigger fish (like making sure images display correctly) are all sorted.

        I’d actually love to stream writing stories one day just so you can see how wild it all is. That’ll probably never happen, certainly not before we swap out our old HTML editor (yes we still have to use HTML, yes it makes us all want to die) to a visual one. It’d be neat, though.

        • Yeah the redesign of giz is pretty awful as far as the search function goes, it seems it goes old to new rather than new to old.

          • My feedback is meant to be constructive so hopefully it comes across that way

            – The format Engadget uses (i’m unsure if you’ve visited it before) seems similar to what has been attempted here – there’s some hot or interesting posts up the top, followed by the rest. Maybe you could separate it with some headers (Popular Now for the top posts followed by the latest for the rest).

            – There’s a bit of image overload between the side panel, and main panel. It reminds me of some of those websites that have the “You won’t BELIEVE how they’ve done this!” articles on it. Maybe some greater separation between the side panels and the main panel would help.

            – Larger post times (“2 Hours Ago”) would draw attention to how new the article is – I feel it’s a bit small at the moment.

            – The pictures not being the same size on all of the articles is a bit jarring – i’m not sure how it could be improved other than making them all the same size but i’m not sure if that’s what you’re going for.


          • the fact there is multiple scroll items (left and right) with the left being a never ending loop of the same “latest deals” is a bit of a “oof”, but as those are probably ads, this collection of websites have always had an odd integration of ads.
            As gimmack leaded to the popular posts is a bit of a mish mash with the rest of the design, with the rest of the design being good.

          • The deals column is all stories we write internally, so we swap and change that around as necessary. I’d like to do that especially for big events/conventions/launches, but it’s going to be a little bit before we get around to adding any functionality there just because of all the bugs and backend things that have to be sorted first.

        • The URL of the page reads “/2020/06/…” (and last month’s repost reads “/2020/05/…”). So it is clearly a different URL to the 2019 story.

          If you want to take advantage of the 2019 URL’s google juice, might it be better to convert it into a redirect to the new story?

          • Gets updated if it is updated or published into a new month / year, but it’s still linked to the old one. It’s a bit tricky, but what you’ve suggested is one of the things being changed.

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