3 big points coming out of Summer Games Fest 2024

Summer Games Fest 2024 was a week packed with news around what is to come in the video game industry.
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Summer Games Fest was a massive celebration of what’s to come in video gaming. There was a lot of apprehension heading into the show, as some complained that the hype didn’t match past years. However, managing expectations helped as the event delivered a strong and intriguing outlook on what is to come for the rest of 2024 and beyond from major companies and small organizations alike. These are three points to watch coming out of Summer Games Fest 2024.

Xbox Showcase Delivers

The Xbox Showcase truly delivered, from start to finish. There were several games that caught the attention of fans and media members alike. It was a moment that Xbox needed because for every bit of success, the platform finds, there seem to be several failings right around the corner. This showcase featured titles fans know about like Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, and Fable. But there were some surprises like the South of Midnight gameplay, Life is Strange: Double Exposure, and Mixtape that left people talking. There will be a lot to celebrate if Xbox can deliver these games in the months and years to come.

Ubisoft is heavy on both ends

There was a mixed reaction to the Ubisoft Forward presentation. One on hand, the company featured two big titles in Star Wars Outlaws and Assassin’s Creed Shadows. But what was shown in between those two games wasn’t anything that built up a wealth of excitement. The teaser trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake let fans of that series know their wish has finally been answered, but they will not be able to play that game until 2026. The gameplay presentations of Outlaws and Shadows certainly delivered, but there wasn’t much left outside of those two moments.

Guerilla Collective shined a light on interesting smaller titles

The Guerilla Collective kicked off the schedule for Summer Games Fest. The showcase put a spotlight on smaller developers and titles. With all the struggles going on in today’s industry, it’s these smaller organizations and games that remind players about the true art behind video gaming. There were some interesting titles to point out such as Creatures of Ava, Sky Oceans, Wrekless, Fallen Aces, and more. There truly was something for everyone.

All in all, Summer Games Fest 2024 should be considered a success. While it may not have delivered in every way fans hyped themselves up to believe, there was a lot of good coming from everything shown. Here’s to hoping the industry turns a corner and gets back to delivering more successes than stomach-churning cringe moments.