The Game Awards wrapped up last night, bringing together developers and fans alike to celebrate 2019’s big games. Even more exciting, however, were all of the major reveals! We had a chance to see new games, new hardware, and more!
Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements of the night.
Announcing the Next Generation of Console Gaming: The Xbox Series X
Looking like a snack subwoofer, Microsoft announced their upcoming next-gen console, the Xbox Series X. Slated to release in the holiday season of 2020, the Xbox Series X has some interesting info regarding its power and performance. Microsoft announced that it will support 8k gaming, frame rates up to 120 fps in game, ray tracing, and variable refresh rate support. The console is boasted to be a massive upgrade from even the Xbox One X, doubling its GPU power. The controller itself will be slightly smaller than the Xbox One’s, but it will have a dedicated share button like the PS4’s controller, and it will also be compatible with existing Xbox One and One S systems. As for me, I’m just glad they didn’t continue the current naming scheme and call it “Xbox Two.”
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Won Game of the Year
From Software’s latest hit, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice received the honor of Game of the Year during this year’s awards ceremony, winning out against other contenders like Death Stranding, Outer World’s, and Control. Sekiro won Best Action/Adventure game, as well.
New Final Fantasy VII Trailer!
Listen. I know you’re here for bigger reveals, but there’s a new trailer out, and it’s about my boy. My beautiful, frowny boy. He’s just so damn good looking. Not to mention, that soundtrack remaster sent tingles up my spine. March can’t get here soon enough.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is the First Next-Gen Console Exclusive, Coming Only to the Xbox Series X and PC
Team Ninja announced the sequel to their haunting 2017 hit. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is slated to release as an exclusive to the Xbox Series X and PC, and will most likely release as a launch title in Holidays 2020.
Godfall Becomes First Game to Announce Playstation 5
Gearbox premiered a new IP, Godfall, which became the first game to announce Playstation 5 as its platform release in a game trailer. Funnily enough, it’s not exactly an exclusive, as it’s also set to release on PC in the Epic Store, but with the animosity still bubbling around the Epic Launcher, it might as well be. Godfall’s release window is Holidays 2020, so expect it to be a launch title.
TellTale Studios is Back, Announcing The Wolf Among Us 2
With a surprising return from the dead, TellTale Studios is back, revealing a trailer of their upcoming game, The Wolf Among Us 2. It’s a long-awaited sequel from a company thought to dead and buried after a massive amount of drama last year, ending with layoffs and the studio itself shutting down. The news of a sequel is cheer worthy, but here’s hoping the new heads of the company don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.
Riot Announces Their first Non-League games: Ruined King and CONV/RGENCE
In an exciting first for the company, Riot revealed trailers for their first non-MOBA games. Set in the lore of League of Legends, Ruined King is a turn-based RPG and CONV/RGENCE is an action platformer. Both are set to release on consoles and PC, and both are being developed by Riot’s side-project publishing arm, Riot Forge, in addition to Airship Syndicate for Ruined King and Double Stallion Games for CONV/RGENCE.
Apex Legends Announced Winter Event, Already Live
Apex Legends announced their newest holiday event: Mirage’s Holo-Day Bash. Complete with new skins, a new limited-time game mode, a slightly-modified Outlands map, and all kinds of Mirage-based fun stuff. The event is already live, so jump in and get to looting and shooting!
Ghosts of Tsushima Gets New Trailer and a Summer Release Date
Looking absolutely gorgeous, Sucker Punch revealed a brand-new trailer for their upcoming release, Ghosts of Tsushima. While the game was first announced in 2017, it now has a release window of Summer 2020, and now we all know what we’ll be doing over summer break.
Devolver Digital is Creating a New Game Called Weird West
Devolver Digital is creating a top-down isometric that, from its YouTube description, sounds like it will focus heavily on creating a unique story based on the decisions you make. From their own words: “Each journey is unique and tailored to the actions taken – a series of high stakes stories where everything counts and the world reacts to the choices you make.” Devolver is known for their help in co-creating Dishonored and Prey, both of which are games heavily influenced by the choices you make, and their gun-having indie hit, Enter the Gungeon. With no release date set, the game is only Coming Soon as of this writing.
Microsoft Announces Gears Tactics
A game taking the world of Gears of War and putting it into a tactics game? Alright, I dig. It already has a release date, too: April 28, 2020.
Magic: Legends Reveals a Teaser Trailer
Breaking away from the TCG formula, Magic: Legends is set to be an MMO Action RPG set in the Magic: The Gathering universe. Read our write up on why you should be excited!
Bravely Default II is Announced! The *Checks Notes* Third Game in the Series
Ok. So. Bravely Default was the first of the series—fantastic game. Bravely Second came after—so heckin’ good. Bravely Default II is game three. Got it. Either way, it looks great, the series is great, it’s all just great. I can’t wait. It’s coming to the Nintendo Switch next year.
Kojima Sat With His Best Buddy, Norman Reedus
What a couple of dudes.
And The Night Played On:
Fun Stuff that Happened:
- The Muppets and The Goose came together for a fun time!
- Reggie Fils-Aimé came back to present an award!
- Cyberpunk 2077 released a neat behind-the-scenes look at the music in their upcoming game.
Other New Trailers:
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 announces a new expansion: Rise of the Pheonix
- Wizards of the Coast announced Dark Alliance, an action/adventure RPG spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate set in the lore of Dungeons & Dragons.
- Amplitude reveals new 4X strategy game, Humankind.
- PlayerUnknown, developer behind PUBG, released mysterious teaser trailer for their next game, Prologue.
- Control announced a new update, Expeditions, now live.
- Warframe announced a new update, Empyrean, now live.
- Newly announced Fast & Furious game, Crossroads, will be a team-based action game focusing on heists instead of races.
- The Forest makers announce sequel: Sons of the Forest.
- Redhill Games, a studio founded by former Remedy Entertainment CEO, Matias Myllyrinne, announced their new team-shooter, Nine to Five.
- Amazon Game Studios released a reveal trailer for their upcoming MMORPG, New World.
- 24 Entertainment, a Chinese game studio, released a trailer for their upcoming multiplayer action game, Naraka: Bladepoint.
- The Elder Scrolls Online released a cinematic heralding the end of their Season of the Dragon and announcing their next destination: Skyrim (does this count as yet-another remaster/release?)
- Deep Silver released a new trailer for their upcoming shark-chomping sim: Maneater.
With all of these new announcements, it’s hard to believe that an awards ceremony was happening, too! Check back on our list of the nominees to see who won awards in each category.