The best video game summer predictions

Despite the slow-motion train wreck that led to the ultimate demise of this year’s E3 video game preview marathon, the summer 2023 season, and especially the month of June, is turning out to be an exceptionally spectacular time for gaming. . The surge of excellence that spawned this crescendo included Jedi Survivor and Tears of the Kingdom, two of the best games in recent memory. They were soon followed by the equally epic Street Fighter 6 and Diablo IV, with Final Fantasy XVI right on the horizon.

There have been very few years with this kind of density of excellence in such a short time, and even fewer summers. For those of us who need mundane things like work, sleep, and time with easygoing loved ones, there are no longer enough hours in the day to enjoy all of these games to the fullest. I have a tendency to be serially monogamous with games, but I’m also easily distracted by shiny new things, so my journey since Jedi was released in April has been a series of disappointing failures culminating in an insatiable Devil habit.

The road to the biggest summer of gaming

Incredibly, there is still more to come. Since E3 first went off the rails in 2020, we’ve included all the big summer live streams and preview events on our Summer of Gaming calendar. This year kicked off on May 24 with the PlayStation Showcase that delivered 35 trailers topped off with a spectacular demo of Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 that hinted at the sequel’s expanded game world. This was followed by the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase on June 1 with its take on Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR and glimpses of Samba de Amigo: Party Central, Stranger Things VR and the VR reboot of the ’90s classic The 7th Guest.

The next two weeks will be the real meat of what E3 used to be. As I write this, there are no less than 18 scheduled livestreamed events that we will be covering and bringing across our platforms in the first two weeks of June. If things continue as they did last year, there will no doubt be more shows announced before the end of the month. Those events include standalone showcases from The Guerrilla Collective and Day of the Devs, programming from Dames 4 Games, Black Voices in Gaming and Wholesome Direct along with the PC Gaming Show, the Future Games Show, an UploadVR event and a Sega Summit dedicated to gaming. Yakuza.

A behind-the-scenes look at our Summer of Gaming studio.  I'll be sitting somewhere behind that desk after the Summer Game Fest livestream on June 8 to talk about everything announced.

A behind-the-scenes look at our Summer of Gaming studio. I’ll be sitting somewhere behind that desk after the Summer Game Fest livestream on June 8 to talk about everything announced.

However, there are actually three upcoming mega-events that will drive most of the conversation over the summer. First up is the Summer Game Fest live show on June 8, which should feature plenty of trailers. Last year’s schedule was a strong 33 games and there are many signs that this year’s schedule will be even more packed. Then there’s Xbox Showcase (including a 45-minute Starfield explosion) on June 11, followed by Ubisoft’s Forward event on June 12. We’ll carry all of this with pre and post performances from our studios in Los Angeles. But before that, let’s try to guess what we might see.

Expectations and wishes

Despite the headline, I hate to call any of the following “predictions” because really this is just something we already know for sure combined with some informed guesswork and a healthy dose of wishful thinking. Years and years ago, I used to do this every summer with my co-hosts on a podcast some of you may remember called 1UP Yours, and we did it pretty well. We’ll see in a couple of weeks if I still have it…

  • Starfield, of course.
  • Microsoft will lean heavily on Forza Motorsport, and will do its best to show how much prettier and even more unnecessarily attention to detail than Gran Turismo. See the individual carbon fibers, or something like that. No matter how long your storefront segment is, people will complain that it is too long.
  • I think there will be a Gears 6 sneak peek with little to no gameplay shown. I know this isn’t exactly such a bold guess, but it’s time. It’s not a stretch to assume that a Master Chief Collection-style Gears pack is also in the works.
  • All the glitter-inspired hoopla about Playground Games’ Fable reboot will turn out to be true. I guess it’s a lot further along than anyone thinks, and we may even have a release date.
  • This one is probably a no-brainer after Phil Spencer said he’s played it a ton, but there’s going to be a big segment on Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity, the first-person RPG Avowed.
  • We’re about to see a longer and even weirder Death Stranding 2 trailer.
  • No doubt we’ll see more from Ubisoft in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, but I think we’ll learn that it’s just the sneaky stealth-focused entertainment before the real main course: whatever Codename Red is called. I think we’ll get the name of the game and a reveal. that shows that it’s a giant ninja-filled RPG that’s even bigger than Valhalla.
  • The only whiff of anything that smacks vaguely of an acknowledgment of a new Splinter Cell will be in whatever Ubisoft shows off XDefiant.
  • Ubisoft will show Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora in all its glory. The comments on all platforms will basically be yawns and claims that they don’t give a shit, and then we’ll see that the trailer has had billions of views in the first 12 hours.
  • If you expect there to be something in Beyond Good & Evil 2, you’re just stressing yourself out. We’re all going to have to let it go.
  • Ubisoft’s Megaton will be their Star Wars reveal. There are all kinds of rumors about this one, but my favorite is that it’s a Mandalorian game. It is not based on the show, but rather on The Purge, which is often referenced. Various flavors of illusions have it as an Assassin’s Creed with space flight and combat between planets.
  • We already know the Mortal Kombat 1 gameplay reveal will be at Summer Game Fest thanks to frequent reminders from Geoff Keighley, so we can safely file this one under “expectations.”
  • Warner Bros. Games used Summer Game Fest to showcase Gotham Knights last year, so it’s possible that it will use this year’s event to showcase something redemptive for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. The game won’t ship until this coming February, but its latest unveiling definitely soured a lot of people, so there’s a chance of recovery.
  • I think we’ll see more Sonic stuff at Summer Game Fest. I have no evidence to back this up, I’m just assuming. This may end up being little more than a Frontiers DLC trailer with playable Tails, Amy, and Knuckles, but I honestly think there will be more to it than that.
  • Sega will show a new trailer for Hyenas because everyone has forgotten that the game exists.
  • We’re long overdue for a new update to the many Silent Hills, particularly Silent Hill 2. Time for a new trailer, surely?
  • Phantom Blade Zero will surely make an appearance again. After wowing everyone at PlayStation Showcase, the perhaps hard-to-describe soul-like steampunk kung fu action RPG from studio S-Game came as an early surprise that we’ll hopefully see a lot more of.
  • Lies of P emerged at Gamescom last August under similar circumstances: a trailer during a presentation that wowed everyone with its stark visuals and gameplay. Round8 debuted at Opening Night Live at Gamescom, which is hosted and curated by Keighley, so it seems like a pretty safe bet that we’ll see a follow-up at Summer Game Fest. At the very least we’ll get a more specific release date than “August”.
  • There hasn’t been a Warhammer 40k game announcement in the last five minutes, so there will probably be one of those.
  • Capcom will likely continue on its regurgitating path with the announcement of yet another remake. The divisive Code Veronica, perhaps? (Yes, yes, I know that they said last October that they were not going to do it right nowbut do you really believe them?)
  • We’ll get our first look at Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. I guess at Summer Game Fest.

That’s 21 guesses about what we’re going to see. I’ll come back to this when the dust has settled in mid-June and see how it goes. I’m sure some of them will turn out ridiculously wrong, but we’ll see. Regardless of what happens, this is already an exceptionally phenomenal time for gaming, no matter what platform you play on. Enjoy.

John Davison is IGN’s Editor and Editorial Lead and has been writing about games and entertainment for more than 30 years. follow him on Twitter.