Write it down in your diaries. The most entertaining publishing presentation of this E3-free summer has a fixed date. Devolver Direct, the annual showcase of the most popular indie publisher Devolver Digital, will take place on July 11th at 12pm PST / 8pm BST.
– Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) July 1, 2020
As has become all too common in the new COVID-19 reality, Devolver Direct is a purely digital matter that is broadcast on Devolver’s Twitch channel, Steam, YouTube, and the like.
With all publisher presentations online this year, we’re losing the unexpected, shattering mistakes that so many E3 showcases are eagerly awaiting. With the thrill of the unexpected, which was finally removed from the bill this year, Devolver’s show will be one of the few that deviate from the over-produced, often drab, highly structured format of the Big Bucks publishers.
Devolver’s spirited press release for the announcement is bursting with selfless humor:
“The seventh best indie game label will hit the record again and smell really hard with a live recorded presentation on Twitch and Steam.
This year’s showcase continues the tradition of over-promise with new game revelations, gameplay revelations, release date announcements, and special guests from the industry to launch these important marketing key points. And it’s almost all gameplay, because that’s what today’s youth demand.
The astonishing abuse of the marketing budget will end with some surprises and game demos available to the unwashed masses like Carrion, Disc Room, and an unannounced game. Maybe another game that can really see where it all goes.
Devolver Digital fans and critics can catch up on the unnecessarily complicated narrative of the current saga by looking at last year’s Devolver Direct and starting their uninformed speculation about Discord. “
The Devolver Saga continues
To get an idea of what is coming for the July 11th stream, we recommend revisiting Devolver Direct from last year. Aside from an enviable list of indie titles, the show will bring you up to date with the crazy narrative that Devolver incorporates into its display cases. It is currently a multi-year drama that shames the traditional formula of the E3 press conference, although Devolver has only a fraction of the budget that Sony, EA and Ubisoft put into these things.
Expect blood, blood, fire, a fun satire from the gaming industry, and more. And of course we get the next chapter in the current Nina Struthers saga. We recently heard that the Chief Synergy Officer had ported their awareness to the Internet a year earlier after a bloody death.
The next weekend is good for game news. In addition to Devolver Digital, Ubisoft will be broadcasting its Ubisoft Forward storefront on July 12th, where we will undoubtedly take a new look at Assassins Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters and hopefully a surprise or two.
About a week later, Microsoft is expected to host its much anticipated Xbox Series X storefront on July 23, focusing on upcoming first-party titles from its 15 studios-strong Xbox Game Studios stable. After the overwhelming pseudo-Xbox Series X gameplay unveiling event in May and the overwhelmingly positive response to Sony’s PS5 showcase in early June, Microsoft will strive to improve its reputation among gamers. So expect the gaming giant to pull out all the stops to achieve this.