G4, the former cable television network that offered tech, gaming and entertainment programming, is apparently returning in some form or another in 2021, according to a teaser released by IGN during Comic-Con @ Home, the replacement online from San Diego Comic-Con 2020.
The official Twitter accounts of Attack of the show! and X Play, G4’s best-known shows, also released the teaser with a tagline: “We never stopped playing.” The only other activity currently visible on these accounts is the retweeting of tweets from 2012.
The teaser contains few details about how the television network and/or its flagship programming would return. In the minute-long video, a camera pans through a dark warehouse until it comes across a set of pong broadcast on a CRT television. The TV screen freezes and displays the words “incoming transmission”, before the camera hovers over a very 2009 animation of zooming through internet wires that finally resolves to the G4 logo. The year 2021 appears on the screen, followed by the aforementioned slogan.
G4 was a television network launched in 2002 and shut down in 2014. Among video game fans, it’s probably best known for shows like X Play (originally hosted by Adam Sessler, who expressed apparent surprise at Friday’s announcement) and Attack of the show!, a live-action pop culture and review show with a collection of fun hosts. Olivia Munn, one of the show’s former hosts, also retweeted the G4 teaser video.
G4 was most recently owned by Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal. It’s possible the network will return as part of Peacock, the streaming service the company fully launched last week. We’ve reached out to NBCUniversal for comment and will update this article with any information we receive.