The Game Awards have become the de facto industry even where developers from around the world come together to celebrate the industry and each other. A lot of the excitement behind the show each year centres on the new game reveals, trailers for existing games, and in some cases, shadow drops.
Last year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduced Sephiroth to the roster at the event, Road 96 was revealed, we got our first glimpse of Perfect Dark, and The Callisto Protocol. BioWare gave us a teaser for the new Dragon Age, Sabre Interactive gave us Evil Dead: The Game and Master Chief came to Fortnite.
The one big change this year is there is a live audience instead of being an all-digital event like last year. Given that the pandemic is still sweeping the planet, it’s nice to see a semblance of normalcy tonight, even if Canadian media is underrepresented as jurors and attendees at The Game Awards.
Starting at 8:00 PM ET, Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards was the talk of the night with tons of game reveals, updates, and awards. Let’s go through the night from the start to the finish.
Kicking off the pre-show was Tunic from Finji and Andrew Shouldice, a game that’s been in development for some time now and today had a beautiful new trailer and reveal date: March 16, 2022.
King of Fighters XV Krohnen
Next, we saw a King of Fighters XV Krohnen as a fighter as well as open beta dates: December 17 to December 20. King of Fighters XV launches on February 17, 2022.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Following up, another world premiere focusing on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a new multiplayer horror game based on true events. From Gun Interactive and Sumo Nottingham, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an asymmetrical horror game based on the 1974 film.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series
Telltale lives! A new world premiere based on The Expanse is coming from the new Telltale Games studio. The Expanse: A Telltale Series is the first new IP to be announced by Telltale since the company re-formed in 2019. The game is being co-developed with Deck Nine, the award-winning studio behind Life is Strange: True Colors.
PlatinumGames’ Babylon’s Fall finally has a release date and it’s coming out in just a few months: March 3, 2022.
Chivalry II: House Aberfell is new content coming in early 2022.
Thirsty Suitors is an upcoming story-driven action RPG about “a young woman named Jala who returns to her hometown for her sister’s wedding and must face all the mistakes and expectations she abandoned when she left, all while her grandmother sends suitors after her in hopes of making a match.”
No release date has been announced.
We got a fresh look at Evil West from Focus Entertainment and developer Flying Wild Hog.
A dark menace consumes the American frontier. As one of the last agents in a top-secret vampire-hunting institute, you are the final line between humanity and a deep-rooted terror that now emerges from the shadows. Rise up to become a Wild West Superhero, eradicate the vampire threat and save the United States!
Have a Nice Death
Have a Nice Death was revealed, it looks to be a cute little title from Perfect World and Magic Design Studios. Early Access begins in March 2022. Have a Nice Death is a roguelite where you play as an overworked Death where employees have run rampant and you need to restore the balance of your employees as well as your souls.
The game is procedurally generated and you’ll explore the departments of Death Inc.
Planet of Lana
Planet of Lana was announced with music from Takeshi Furukawa of The Last Guardian. Thunderful and Wishfully say the game is a cinematic puzzle adventure.
Set on an alien world, Planet of Lana tells the story of Lana and her loyal animal companion Mui as they embark on a rescue mission to save her sister.
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax includes all previously released Persona 4 Arena Ultimax content, including the original Persona 4 Arena story.
Gearbox Publishing and Blackbird Interactive revealed a new trailer for Homeworld 3 at The Game Awards. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve last seen the game, so today it’s nice to see the game resurface.
The original Homeworld was developed by Relic and the real-time strategy game was known for its gameplay back in the day.
“Homeworld 3 is the realization of the vision of what we set out to create in the Homeworld series, with modern technology allowing us to push beyond our wildest dreams of large-scale dynamic space combat packed with emotional sci-fi storytelling,” said Rob Cunningham, CEO of Blackbird Interactive and original art director on Homeworld and Homeworld 2. “We could not be more excited to debut the deepest look yet at gameplay with the incredible Homeworld community and the world at The Game Awards. We have got a lot more exciting details to share next year as we prepare for the launch of this massive next chapter.”
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
Following an official reveal at the Game Awards 2019, Ninja Theory showed off some gameplay from the upcoming title.
Not much is known about the title other than it’s in early development and is made in partnership with Lucasfilm Games.
WB Games, Monolith Productions and DC teased an upcoming Wonder Woman game that is currently in development.
Alan Wake 2
A sequel to Alan Wake has officially been announced just over 10 years in the making. It’ll be Remedy’s first survival horror game, unlike the first game that was more action-oriented with some horror elements.
The game is set to be released in 2023.
Slitterheadis an upcoming game from Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama and his new studio, Bokeh Game Studio.
No release date has been announced.
Improbable and Inflexion Games today revealed Nightingale at The Game Awards. Aaryn Flynn was on hand to reveal his new project and share that it is a shared-world survival crafting game set in a Victorian gaslamp setting.
Thrown into a labyrinth of fantastical and perilous worlds in the wake of a magical cataclysm, players must venture through mystical portals to explore increasingly dangerous realms, in search of the last haven of humanity, Nightingale.
The game will be getting a PC-only beta sometime next year.
Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen
Bungie has revealed a new trailer for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, the upcoming expansion for Destiny 2, releasing on February 22, 2022.
The new trailer focuses on a fireteam of Guardians’ troubling encounter with Savathûn and the Light-wielding forces of her Lucent Brood.
Sonic is back in a new adventure with Sonic Frontiers. In the dangerous and vast world of Sonic Frontiers, anything is possible, and players will have the freedom to explore the visually stunning, open-zone realm.
“Sonic Frontiers is a huge leap forward for the franchise, delivering an evolved gameplay experience that can be enjoyed by longtime Sonic fans and action-adventure enthusiasts alike,” said Takashi Iizuka, Creative Officer at Sonic Team USA. “With the effort of the talented developers at Sonic Team Japan, we’ve created an all-new style of gameplay experience for Sonic the Hedgehog, where players will be able to explore lush and expansive landscapes with Sonic’s signature speed and abilities. There’s sure to be lots of twists and turns around every corner in ‘Sonic Frontiers,’ and we’re excited to unveil more information about the game over the coming months.”
Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Games gave us our first look at next year’s third-person shooter Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Either solo or with up to four team members in online co-op, when playing as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang or King Shark on their mission to take down the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, the Justice League. The video blasts through a series of intense open-world combat sequences, displaying the unique movesets, traversal abilities and variety of weapons at the Suicide Squad’s disposal.
Somerville is the upcoming title from Jumpship, the studio started by Dino Patti who previously worked on Limbo and Inside.
Somerville is set to release in 2022.
Cuphead: The Last Delicious Course
The long-awaited DLC for Cuphead now has a release date of June 30th, 2022.
In Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course, stalwart brothers Cuphead and Mugman are joined by the clever, adventurous Ms. Chalice – known to fans of the original as the wise Legendary Chalice – for a rollicking adventure on a previously undiscovered Inkwell Isle.
You can play as Mc. Chalice, use new weapons and charms and assist Chef Saltbaker.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Tchia but it’s refreshing to see every time it makes an appearance.
The new gameplay trailer shows off the seas of Tchia, we see Tchia sail and explore the picturesque archipelago inspired by New Caledonia. Hidden treasures, risky ascents and acrobatic jumps are just a glimpse of the possibilities in this sandbox open-world. Also, Tchia has the ability to soul-jump from animal to animal to object. It will help with exploration around the island whether it’s looking for fish or flying around in the sky.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Techland appeared at The Game Awards with a new cinematic trailer for next year’s Dying Light 2 Stay Human. The trailer was created by BAFTA-winning visual effects studio Platige Image.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
Sharkmob debuted a new trailer for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt. The game will launch in Early Access on PC later this year before arriving next year.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 is the latest entry in the series. It’s being developed by Saber Interactive. Space Marine 2 heralds the next instalment for Captain Titus and mankind’s ultimate protectors, complete with a glimpse of brutal gameplay action.
“Space Marine was one of the most influential third-person shooters of all time,“ said Matthew Karch, CEO of Saber Interactive. “Its impact has been seen across almost every shooter that has been released in the past 10 years. We at Saber look at this as an opportunity to create a AAA game built off of over two decades of experience working on franchises such as Halo, Quake and World War Z. Space Marine 2 is the most impressive product we have ever done and we are confident that it will become an instant classic”.
No release date has been announced.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Nacon and Daedalic Entertainment revealed a new trailer for The Lord of the Rings:Gollum, a story-driven action game where players play as Gollum who wants to reclaim his precious ring back. As Gollum, you will sneak, climb, and jump through dangerous areas while trying to stay out of sight.
Will Arnett and Ashly Burch were at The Game Awards with a new trailer for Tiny Tiny’s Wonderlands.
Today’s trailer offered a sneak peek at the story of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, as the utterly unpredictable Tiny Tina guides players through a game of the tabletop role-playing adventure Bunkers & Badasses. As the Fatemaker, you hold the story in your hands. Explore a fantastical land filled with outlandish monsters and loot-filled dungeons, all while trying to stop the tyrannical Dragon Lord and his skeleton army.
Nacon and Spiders dropped a new trailer for Steelrising, the alternate-reality game set in France in 1789. Serving as ‘what-if’ King Louis XVI, who enjoyed clockmaking, decided to build robots.
Aegis is an “automaton masterpiece” made by Vaucanson, an engineer in service to the King. Paris is under siege from these robots and so you as Aegis will need to stop the army of the Clockwork King from overtaking the humans of France.
Steelrising will launch on Xbox Series, PlayStation 5 and PC in June 2022.
Dune Spice Wars
Journey to Arrakis, and wage war over desert power in Dune: Spice Wars.
Among Us VR
Among Us is back again on another platform, this time it’s coming to VR.
The VR port is being developed by Innersloth, Robot Teddy, and Schell Games.
Deep Silver and Volition revealed another look at Saints Row at The Game Awards.
Saints Row launches on August 23, 2022.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
Publisher Focus Entertainment and Asobo Studio revealed a new trailer for A Plague Tale: Requiem at The Game Awards. This trailer gave us our first look at gameplay. The sequel focuses once again on Amicia and Hugo as they move through a breathtaking, supernatural world. Together, the siblings must journey south to new regions.
Iron Galaxy is teaming up with Epic Games on Rumbleverse, a new free-to-play 40-person battle royale. It’s set in Grapital City, a place built to serve as a monument to melee combat. Everyone who lives on the island has wild aspirations to be a fighter and to become a champion. Using a unique character, you head out into the streets to level up and fight challengers.
Rumbleverse launches in February.
SYNCED: Off Planet
Developer NExt Studios and publisher Level Infinite debut a trailer for their co-operative third-person shooter SYNCED: Off Planet at The Game Awards.
You’ll fight with others in a techno-apocalyptic future where you and your team must synchronize with Nano companion classes for battle.
From Embark Studios, ARC Raiders is a new cooperative third-person shooter where you and your team of Raiders deal with ARC – a ruthless, mechanized threat from space.
As Raiders, you need to protect your home together or risk losing it all. Raiders are the underdog and believe in strength in numbers, with your tools and gadgets, you will stop these alien threat.
Star Trek Resurgence
Dramatic Labs, an indie studio comprised of former Telltale Games developers have revealed Star Wars Resurgence, a new third-person adventure game.
The game will be interactive and tell an original story set in the era shortly after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stationed aboard the U.S.S. RESOLUTE, players will assume the role of two principal characters, First Officer Jara Rydek and Engineering Crewperson Carter Diaz, as they unravel a sinister mystery involving two alien civilizations on the brink of war.
“As fans of Star Trek, it’s truly an honour to be crafting a story which puts players right in the heart of the action, where significant choices and decisions will affect the entire narrative,” said Dramatic Labs founder Kevin Bruner in a press release. “Built from the ground up using Epic’s Unreal engine and our proprietary narrative engine, this game showcases our team’s evolution in creating thought-provoking story-rich adventures.”
Remedy is working with Smilegate to launch CrossfireX. We’ve played it before but left with a mixed reception on the game. That said, the popular shooter will launch on February 10, 2022, after being originally announced at E3 2019.
“CrossfireX also features fully-featured multiplayer modes that will be free-to-play on Xbox platforms,” Smilegate says.
Funcom and The Outsiders took the stage at The Game Awards to showcase their new rhythm shooter to the public. The game will feature several notable metal acts and Trivium’s Matt Heafy was on stage to reveal the trailer below.
What you’re supposed to do in Metal: Hellsinger is ‘slay to the beat,” to earn high scores.
The list of artists is below:
Randy Blythe from Lamb of God
James Dorton from Black Crown Initiate
Matt Heafy from Trivium
Dennis Lyxzén from Refused and INVSN
Tatiana Shmailyuk from Jinjer
Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity
Björn Strid from Soilwork
Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy
The Matrix Awakens
Did this leak earlier in the week? Yes, it did and from what was shown at The Game Awards, this is something you should not miss.
Created by members of the original movie team including Lana Wachowski, the demo morphs from breathtakingly realistic cinematic to fast-paced third-person shooter experience, complete with an action-packed car chase sequence, and also provides a rich, vastly detailed open world to explore.
One of the most anticipated games of this year and next got a brand new story trailer at The Game Awards.
The trailer had very little gameplay, instead choosing to focus on the narrative threads of Elden Ring. In the video, we got a nice lore exposition on the world and how humans are facing gods who seek the power of the Elden Ring. A collaboration between FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin, the game has been highly sought after since its reveal.