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Upcoming game events 2022: From Summer Game Fest to Xbox showcase, but no E3

Xbox And Bethesda June
Xbox And Bethesda June (Image credit: Microsoft)

A new summer means new big gaming events! We've already got a few confirmed events to look forward to, and more will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Even with E3 2022 being canceled, there are some other major showcases to check out. With plenty of great games on the way in 2022 and beyond, anyone interested in getting updates on previously revealed upcoming games and seeing some big surprises will want to check out these shows.

Summer Game Fest — June 9

Like in the past couple of years since the pandemic first threw a monkey wrench into many companies' plans, Summer Game Fest is returning. The show will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, who also hosts Opening Night Live at Gamescom and the Game Awards. It's being held on June 9 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, and will feature "game announcements, reveals, and more."

In previous years, Keighley's shows have had a wide variety of games, with Summer Game Fest 2021 notably concluding with Elden Ring getting a trailer and a release date.

Geeked Week - June 10

Keighley, ever the busy man, will also be hosting Netflix's Geeked Week on June 10, 2022. This showcase will feature news on Netflix Games, as well as movies and TV shows that are based on gaming IP.

More and more gaming adaptions are happening in recent years, with Netflix receiving praise for the successful Castlevania animated series as well as the Witcher TV show. Other companies are also working to bring gaming to movies and TV, such as Sony's efforts with PlayStation Productions.

Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase — June 12

Like in 2021, Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks are teaming up with a combined Xbox first-party showcase. The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will be held on June 12 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. While most Xbox summer showcases run for around 90 minutes, an exact timeframe for the show has not yet been confirmed.

Microsoft says the showcase will feature a "diverse lineup" of titles from both the Xbox first-party division and "partners around the world."

PC Gaming Show — June 12

The annual PC Gaming Show is returning and will be held on June 12, 2022. Few other details are known right now. The PC Gaming Show has traditionally focused on PC versions of multiplatform games, or PC-exclusive titles such as simulation and strategy games.

THQ Nordic Digital Showcase — Aug. 12

THQ Nordic, one of the many publishers under Embracer Group, is holding its own showcase on June 12 at 12 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET. According to the press release, the showcase will feature "everything from intense, dark and gritty to light, colorful and just plain fun!"

QuakeCon 2022 — Aug. 18-20

While QuakeCon isn't returning in a physical presence this year, there'll still be something for Bethesda fans to tune into. An all-digital QuakeCon is being held, though there aren't many details on what'll be present yet. The event will begin on Aug. 18 and runs through Aug. 20.

More to come?

These are just the big showcases that we know about so far. We'll be sure to keep this updated as other publishers will undoubtedly share their plans for 2022 as time goes on. E3 2022 might not officially be happening, but the summer period is always packed with gaming announcements, and even with the weirdness of the last couple of years continuing, we're not expecting that to change.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.