The organizers of the annual Game Developers Conference, or GDC, have announced GDC Summer. The three-day event will still be held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and will feature a "freestyle" two-day expo show floor.
Taking place Aug. 4 through 6, GDC Summer will host a new series of microtalks and fireside chats alongside the show floor. The organization says it will be a "unique" GDC experience but retain the same level of talks as previous conferences.
GDC 2020 was postponed last month over concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19, which had led several publishers and studios to withdraw from the event leading up to the announcement. Other shows have since called off their events, most notably E3 2020, as most regions are advising people to stay indoors, avoid groups, and practice "social distancing."
The talks previously scheduled for GDC 2020 have been airing on GDC's official site this week, as well as the annual awards and events like Day of the Devs.
In the wake of cancellations, many indie developers and publishers banded together to provide relief for those financially impacted and host alternative outlets for networking and sharing games. Steam has been hosting another online game festival, spotlighting limited-time demos for many of the games that were due to showcase at GDC 2020.
Regarding whether issues surrounding the spread of the coronavirus will be cleared up by August, in time for GDC Summer, the organizers say safety remains the "paramount concern." The GDC team says it will "continue to monitor the latest information from health officials to ensure a safe and compelling event for everyone at GDC Summer, GDC 2021, and beyond."