The Game Awards have turn into a type of mini-E3 in December. Ultimately yr’s show, we noticed bulletins for Alan Wake 2, a brand new Marvel Lady game, Sonic Frontiers, the upcoming Star Wars game from Quantic Dream, and someplace round three dozen gameplay trailers. Some awards have been awarded, too. Game Awards creator and host Geoff Keighley has mentioned that this yr’s show, which airs on Thursday, goes to be shorter than the final one. The final one was over three hours lengthy, although, so shorter would not precisely imply quick right here. Keighley not too long ago estimated a two-and-a-half hour runtime, which is able to embody acceptance speeches, musical acts, and one other bushel or two of trailers and bulletins, a few of which have already been teased.
The Game Awards will probably be streamed on Twitch and YouTube this Thursday beginning at 7:30 pm Eastern. (Here is when that’s in your time zone). Beneath, we have collected all of the related pre-show teases and rumors. In the event you miss something, come again right here for a recap after the show.
Confirmed reveals and visitors
📺 There will be a Baldur’s Gate 3 reveal from Larian.
📺 The primary Star Wars Jedi: Survivor gameplay will probably be revealed. A March 16, 2023 launch date will in all probability be introduced, too, which we all know as a result of it leaked early through the Steam web page.
📺 Tekken 8 will probably be there.
📺 A brand new trailer for Future 2: Lightfall, the enlargement coming in February, will probably be proven.
📺 A brand new beast from upcoming fantasy searching game Wild Hearts will probably be revealed.
📺Writer 505 Video games teased a game reveal with a video that includes actor Michael Madsen. A QR code on the finish of the video results in visitrockaycity.com, which presently contains a nighttime cityscape, maybe suggesting a GTA-like open world game.
❓Last Fantasy 16 producer Yoshi-P is giving a “very particular reside presentation.”
❓The builders of 2020 lockdown hit Amongst Us promise “large” information.
🎤 Keighley says there is a “good cause” that this yr’s presenters embody Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller director Rian Johnson and actors Daniel Craig and Jessica Henwick. (The nice cause would possibly simply be that they have been concerned in a well-liked film, however we’ll see.)
🎤 Hazelight Studios director and “Fuck the Oscars” man Josef Fares, whose game It Takes Two received the Game of the 12 months honors in final yr’s show, will current an award. Possibly he’ll stick it to the Nobel Prizes, which have had it coming for some time now.
🎤 Sierra On-Line founders Roberta and Ken Williams, who final we heard have been remaking Colossal Cave after losing interest in lockdown, will current an award.
🎤 Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey from the upcoming HBO show primarily based on The Final of Us will probably be presenters, as will Final of Us voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who even have roles within the show. There’s not a lot left to announce so far as the show goes: It airs on January 15, and a brand new trailer was launched a couple of days in the past. Possibly we’ll see an prolonged clip.
Game Awards rumors and predictions
🤔 If Hideo Kojima would not show up with an announcement, he’ll certainly tease one thing cryptically, right? We all know Loss of life Stranding 2 is within the works, since Norman Reedus leaked it.
😈 Rumor has it that there will be a Diablo 4 announcement, in all probability a launch date. We simply had a hands-on preview of the game (it is enjoyable!), in order that’d make sense.
💍 Elden Ring followers are hoping for a DLC announcement. Maybe the timing of this week’s PvP update was chosen to carry the game again to thoughts prematurely of that announcement?
🚀 After Starfield‘s delay to 2023 again in Could, and after Bethesda let 11/11/22 (Starfield’s unique launch date) go by with out a phrase, followers are fairly thirsty to see one thing new from the long-awaited area RPG. It in all probability would not qualify as a rumor as a lot because it does a need, however the show would not be a horrible place to launch a brand new trailer and a concrete launch date. Then once more, we’re speaking about Microsoft and Bethesda, they usually would possibly wish to make these types of bulletins on their very own time as an alternative of cramming them into the center of a show that includes dozens of different trailers. I am personally not holding my breath, however I have been improper about Starfield earlier than.
🐲 It might be an affordable time for BioWare to point out up with Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. The studio put out a cinematic trailer earlier this week, and mentioned in October that an alpha model of the game is now playable from begin to end. It is proven up with teasers at The Game Awards twice earlier than, so that is one thing of a behavior for BioWare. The Dragon Age Netflix show releases on Friday, too, so it is a very Dragon Agey week. One thing in regards to the subsequent Mass Impact is feasible, too, however BioWare hasn’t teased any involvement within the show at the moment, so each video games are longshots.
The award nominees are listed on the official Game Awards web site, where you may as well cast your personal votes in every class. The general public vote is blended with votes from a jury of influential gaming individuals and retailers, together with PC Gamer, to find out the winners. (The one exception is the Gamers’ Voice award, which is solely decided by fan vote, and has come right down to a battle between Sonic Frontiers followers and Genshin Affect followers.)
A very powerful award is after all the Game of the 12 months award, which Elden Ring is the heavy favourite to win. Listed here are this yr’s Game Awards GOTY nominees:
- A Plague Story: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Leisure)
- Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
- God of Battle Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
- Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Video games/SIE)
- Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Tender/Nintendo)