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IGN Launches Summer of Gaming

Kicking off Thursday, June 4, IGN’s Summer of Gaming is a free global digital event that will include over three weeks of exclusive programming and gameplay world premieres from highly anticipated titles including Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, Wasteland 3, Mortal Shell, New World, Corepunk, Scarlet Nexus, and Mafia: Definitive Edition, as well as new reveals from Cyberpunk 2077. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as there will be many more exciting schedule updates to come.

As part of the lineup, IGN will also host their own publisher and developer showcase, IGN Expo, which will premiere programming and gameplay that can’t be seen anywhere else. This includes anticipated content such as exclusive unannounced gameplay reveal with The Outsiders’ David Goldfarb, exclusive Bounty of Blood DLC preview with Gearbox Creative Director Matt Cox, the gameplay world premiere of System Reaction’s Second Extinction, Amazon’s New World exclusive war PvP gameplay and developer interview, and so much more. Summer of Gaming will also feature spotlight Icon interviews with the likes of David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid), Brian Fargo (Blizzard), and others.

In addition, IGN is raising money for charity in support of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund by hosting two exclusive events during the Summer of Gaming. The first event, the pre-show Speedrunner Countdown Challenge, will take place at the beginning of each day of IGN’s showcase and pits the world’s greatest speedrunners in a race against time as they strive to break world records live as part of IGN’s countdown to their daily Summer of Gaming programming. Speedrunner Countdown Challenge will feature in-depth commentary provided by the speedrun charity organization Games Done Quick.

The second event, Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours will include some of the biggest names in pop culture, taking fans inside the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to explore guests’ unique islands in a day-long live stream. Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours will include special segments of the viral hit talk show Animal Talking with host and creator Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli), which streams on his Twitch and YouTube channel. Guests for this charity live stream include Candice Patton, Simu Liu, Felicia Day, Shannon Woodward, Cliff Bleszinski, Matthew Mercer, Austin Creed, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Jessica Chobot, Lauren Lapkus, Naomi Kyle, the Merrell Twins, Andrea Rene, Alanah Pearce, Arin Hanson of Game Grumps and more.

Top gaming publishers taking part in Summer of Gaming include Ubisoft, Blizzard, Xbox, EA, CD Projekt Red, Funcom, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Sega, Amazon, 2K, Larian, Systemic Reaction, Bloober, Artificial Core, Cold Symmetry (with publisher Playstack) and more. The global digital showcase will deliver the latest information and impressions around upcoming games and the next generation of consoles, publisher presentations with pre- and post-discussions, remote developer interviews, hands-on demos, and preview impressions, gameplay, and news segments recapping the biggest announcements, with both live and on-demand programming. Fans will be able to enjoy this digital event regardless of what device or platform they use, with the programming being accessible across 20 platforms, including desktop, mobile, OTT, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Mixer, Twitch, Snapchat Discover, TikTok, and more.

Check out the schedule:

June 4 

Summer of Gaming kick-off

June 5 

IGN Expo Day 1

  • Unannounced Game (Funcom / The Outsiders) – Exclusive Unannounced Gameplay Reveal with The Outsiders’ David Goldfarb

  • Unannounced Game (Merge Games) – Exclusive Game Reveal

  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry) – Exclusive Gameplay World Premiere

  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team) – Exclusive Next-Gen Deep Dive

  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (Soleil Games) – Exclusive Gameplay First Look

June 8

IGN Expo Day 2

  • Unannounced Classic Revival (Merge Games) – Exclusive Game Reveal

  • Unannounced Game (Fabraz) – Exclusive Game Reveal

  • Wasteland 3 (Deep Silver) – World Exclusive Trailer

  • Second Extinction (Systemic Reaction) – Gameplay World Premiere

  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox) – Exclusive Bounty of Blood DLC Preview w/ Gearbox Creative Director Matt Cox

  • Special Icons Interview: David Hayter, the original voice of Solid Snake, discusses Metal Gear

June 9 

IGN Expo Day 3

  • New World (Amazon) – Exclusive War PvP Gameplay, Developer Interview

  • Everspace 2 (ROCKFISH Games) – Exclusive Alpha Gameplay Reveal Trailer

  • Total War: Troy (Creative Assembly) – Exclusive Gameplay Interview

  • Special Icons Interview: Brian Fargo discusses the founding of Blizzard, and why RPG fans should be looking forward to Wasteland 3

June 11 

  • CD Projekt RED Livestream (with IGN pre- and post-shows)

  • EA Play LIVE (with IGN pre- and post-shows)

  • Humankind (Amplitude Studios) – Exclusive Gameplay Interview

June 12

  • Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours Charity Live Stream

June 15 

  • Corepunk (Artificial Core) – Exclusive Gameplay and Interview

  • Destroy All Humans! (THQ Nordic) – Gameplay and Interview

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition (Hangar 13) – Worldwide Gameplay Debut w/ Hangar 13 President and CCO Haden Blackman

  • Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco) – Exclusive Trailer and Interview with Game Director Kenji Anabuki

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (THQ Nordic) – Rehydrated Exclusive Early Access Livestream

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (THQ Nordic) – Rehydrated Exclusive Gameplay Interview

  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

June 18

  • Torchlight III (Perfect World Entertainment) – Gameplay and Interview with Series Creator Max Schaefer

  • Special Icons Interview: Chris Avellone, writer of Fallout New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, discusses the magic ingredients in a great RPG

  • Special Icons Interview: John Romero, creator of Doom, and game designer Brenda Romero, discuss RPGs and shooters in 2020

June 24

  • Dreamscaper (Afterburner Studios) – Exclusive Gameplay Feature Deep Dive

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