What we want to see from 2020’s game reveal season

E3 isn’t happening this year, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting a bunch of new video game news. There are a ton of events that have converted over to total digital presentations, and you bet that these events are going to fill our eye-holes with new video game announcements, trailers, gameplay demos, and more. It’s a very important year, considering next-gen consoles are so close to releasing. Here’s what we want to see from this year’s summer reveal season.

Concrete information on next-generation systems and their launch lineup

This is the most important thing that we want to learn this summer. Despite the ongoing pandemic, both Sony and Microsoft are moving ahead with their launch plans for next-generation consoles. However, it’s halfway through the year and we don’t have the prices, we don’t have all the specs, we barely have launch lineups. We might as well be buying black boxes right now.

If we are going to have confidence going into the holiday shopping season we need to know these things. We do know that Sony has a presentation lined up, but we have no idea if it will, you know, be any good. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X presentation was neat but… it mentioned gameplay that we didn’t really see and didn’t really focus on the specs or interface of the console outside of buzz words. The release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X just doesn’t feel… real right now, and that’s a problem for consumers.

Information about the forgotten Nintendo lineup

Remember when Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4? How about Bayonetta 3? Shin Megami Tensei V? Nintendo actually has this huge backlog of high profile games they announced as killer apps back when the Switch first launched and…well… we haven’t learned anything about them. Now more than ever, Nintendo has to bring its biggest lineup that they can to compete against Sony and Microsoft’s new technology. Dropping a bomb like “Metroid Prime 4 comes out this holiday season” might just be enough to keep Nintendo on top.

Nintendo’s general plan

Aside from their forgotten, lineup, we need some information about Nintendo in general. Are the rumors about a Switch Pro true? What about that massive “leak” that pointed toward a bunch of retro titles coming back? Is this the year for Mother 3? Will Nintendo properties like Pokémon be carried by their DLC? Will Nintendo address major issues like Smash Bros. Ultimate netcode forcing it out of EVO this year? Come to think of it, when will we start getting season two of Smash DLC? All these questions and more are Nintendo’s to answer.

Street Fighter 6, Marvel 4, other next-gen fighting games?

This year, EVO 2020 is going online. There will be exhibition tournaments and announcements for eight of the nine major EVO games, and those announcements usually amount to the unveiling of more games and DLC. We have Guilty Gear Strive to look forward to already. Many are theorizing that the Marvel 2 tournament points toward an announcement for Marvel 4. Capcom has announced that the rankings for the Capcom Pro Tour will be reset next year, and many thought that would point toward Street Fighter V. Then there are all these lesser-known games getting tournaments like Skullgirls and Them’s Fightin’ Herds. It would be great to see new DLC come out for either (and there are rumors that we might see a DLC announcement for both). Maybe Microsoft will announce the next coming of Killer Instinct for the Xbox Series X? We are bound to get a TON of new info about the next generation of fighting games all throughout the month of July and we are here for it.

Proving or disproving the rumors

Look, I’d love to break down each and every rumor but… there’s just too many. It seems like a new leak or rumor comes out every day around this time of year. Here are just a couple that we have heard floating around.

  • A new Batman game
  • A new Bioshock game
  • A new Kojima game
  • A new Silent Hill
  • A new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  • A Sonic fighting game (yes really)
  • An open-world Harry Potter game
  • Beyond: Two Souls on PC
  • Bloodborne on the PC
  • Cross console play for all consoles
  • Demon’s Souls Remastered
  • Diablo II: Resurrected
  • EA games coming to Steam
  • Earthbound Remake
  • Fable 4
  • Far Cry 6
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • God of War on the PC
  • Grand Theft Auto 6
  • Horizon Zero Dawn 2
  • Jak and Daxter Remaster
  • Judas by Rockstar
  • Jurassic Park Open World RPG
  • Left 4 Dead 3
  • Legacy of Kain Remake
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy HD for Switch
  • New cinematic story-based Forza
  • New Frostbite based shooter from DICE
  • New original Sci-Fi IP from Sony
  • New Sony hard media that works off of flash media
  • Persona 6
  • Pikmin 3
  • PS5 backward compatibility with all previous Playstations
  • Ratchet and Clank Remaster
  • Red Dead Redemption Remake
  • Resident Evil 4 Remake
  • Resident Evil 8
  • Star Wars: Maverick
  • Tales from the Borderlands Redux
  • The World Ends With You 2

OK, OK we’ll stop… and these are just rumors that have sprung up in the last month! Again, there isn’t enough time to go over each and every one of them, but it will be nice to figure out which ones are real and which are just elaborate trolls.

The Swan Songs

With new consoles coming out, the next big question is “what will be Sony and Microsoft’s Swan Song game?” For those of you who aren’t familiar, a Swan Song is essentially the last big title that comes out for a console before development support for that console is dropped and shifted over to a new generation. Sony still has a few big name titles coming up with The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima, but at the same time, they announced that games released after July will need to be compatible with the PS5 as well. Maybe we won’t see any major Swan Songs? Maybe this forward-compatible thinking will just ease us into a new generation?  We will be sure to find out this summer.

Devolver Digital… I mean come on

Devolver Digital confirmed that they will be holding an event this summer, they just aren’t sure when in these “uncertain times.”

Listen. Listen, no you come here and listen right now. Do you have any idea what amazing chaos Devolver Digital can get up to this year? They take a half-hour every year to roast the crap out of this industry and with everything happening in 2020, you think they are gonna ease off that? There’s gonna be blood, gore, lots of people telling us that we are idiot consumers, surprise indie game announcements, chaos… just so much chaos. Listen, in these times we need something to make us laugh and the Devolver Digital conference is gonna be it.