2023 looks to be a year of Digital Gaming Showcases. While E3 has been canceled, console makers are making up for it by hosting games showcase events.
A new rumor suggests that Nintendo has plans to have an "additional Digital Showcase this year." The company already held its first Nintendo Direct last February 8, 2023, which announced Metroid Prime Remastered and showcased The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
According to Kotaku’s Ethan Gach, both Sony and Nintendo will have additional games showcase events in 2023. However, he did not disclose when fans might expect the shows to happen.
Sources are telling me both PlayStation AND Nintendo will have additional digital showcases this year.
Keep your eyes tuned to this channel and watch the space for more developments in the coming weeks and months... pic.twitter.com/uBF24PjdfM
— AmericanTruckSongs9 (@ethangach) May 28, 2023
Nintendo typically hosts two or three Direct events each year. Last year, the company held two Nintendo Direct showcase. The first showcase announced Switch games coming in the first half of 2022 while the second event revealed what studios were working on and games that were releasing in the holidays.
The timing of the rumor coincides with what would have been the E3 season if the annual gaming event wasn’t canceled. Nintendo may be planning a showcase in place of an E3 event.
The company also hosts smaller events or partner showcases for its games and other IP. The Super Mario Bros Movie Direct served as the world premiere for the teaser trailer of the blockbuster animated film starring Chris Pratt.
Fans are hoping that the second Nintendo Direct would feature an announcement for the successor of the Nintendo Switch. The second generation handheld device from Nintendo has been rumored to arrive sometime in 2024.
Sony also recently hosted the PlayStation Showcase which revealed a huge number of games coming to the platform. The most notable titles announced during the show were the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, Helldivers 2, and Marathon. Gach’s information corroborates previous rumors that Sony plans to have another showcase later this year.
Xbox will be having its second gaming showcase on June 11, 2023. Gamers expect that Starfield and Forza Motorsport will be at the center of the upcoming presentation. A standalone presentation for Starfield titled "Starfield Direct" will follow the main event and feature a deep dive into Bethesda’s highly anticipated space RPG.
Summer Games Fest, hosted by Geoff Keighley, will also be kicking off on June 8, 2023. The upcoming showcase will be a combination of a physical event and a digital live stream and will be held at the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles. Nintendo and PlayStation are both part of the upcoming event.