The Game Awards has come a long way since its inception in 2014. While the road to glory has been rocky for host Geoff Keighley and crew, they have made some admirable efforts to get it on the level of hype as E3 - Not an easy feat, but somehow, there's a lot of buzz going for this year's particular show. 2017's event dropped some incredible game reveals, from From Software's tease of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice to Nintendo's Bayonetta 3 reveal. Apart from the nominations and awards which are given out, The Game Awards have also catered strongly to big industry announcements and game reveals, and this year, we might be in for a big surprise. Let's dive into the various game reveals and everything you need to know before the show.
The Game Awards has revealed its full list of nominees, with God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 leading the charge with eight nominations each. We aren't going to list every single category and nominee, so make sure you head over to our dedicated article HERE. Otherwise, apart from a few surprises, the nominees seem to mostly fall in line with the most critically acclaimed and influential games of 2018, all rightfully deserving their spots.
Obsidian's New RPG
Obsidian Entertainment made headlines a few weeks ago after they were acquired by Microsoft, which whipped the internet into a bit of a frenzy (you could almost taste the cautious optimism and excitement). However, that doesn't mean that they weren't working on something well before the acquisition happened, as the beloved studio is planning to announce a new game at The Game Awards. Judging by the art style present in the teaser images, many are deducing it to be a new Fallout or BioShock, but I think we're looking at an entirely new IP that pays homage to the former (you can read more on that here).
Whatever it turns out to be, this is definitely one of the major highlights of The Game Awards' world premieres.
Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima Release Dates
If you're not aware, Keighley and industry icon Hideo Kojima have quite an interesting friendship, which has allowed Mr. Kojima to showcase his upcoming video game, Death Stranding, at every Game Awards show in the last two years. This year will mark the third time that Death Stranding will make an appearance at the show, but it brings with it expectations of something more than just another trailer. According to a leak by Brazilian website Combo Infinito, Kojima will announce the release date for Death Stranding; setting his sites on June 30, 2019. If this turns out to be true, then Sony is about to have an incredible year ahead of them.
The leak also suggests that not only will Death Stranding make an appearance there, but another Sony exclusive, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima. A release date announcement is also expected for the open world samurai title, but we predict it will launch sometime in late 2019. This would space the Sony exclusives out evenly as they prepare for whatever inevitable reveal comes for the PlayStation 5.
Metroid Prime 4 (and maybe Bayonetta 3)
Last year, everyone's favourite Nintendo CEO, Reggie Fils-Aime, took the stage to announce Bayonetta 3 - or rather a teaser of it. Since then, we haven't heard much about the highly anticipated third entry, though it hasn't stopped Nintendo - who have also become best buddies with Keighley - from teasing what could potentially be a full reveal of Metroid Prime 4. It's unclear if Bayonetta 3 will be at the awards show, but we're certain that we'll be seeing something from Metroid Prime 4, and hopefully with a 2019 release date.
The Russo Brothers and Square Enix's Avengers Project
Anthony and Joe Russo, the directing duo behind Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, are confirmed to be presenters at the Game Awards this year. Many have already begun speculating that they aren't just there to announce a winner, but also bring with them a trailer for Square Enix's elusive Avengers project, which was rumoured to be in the works at Crystal Dynamics' new studio, Crystal Northwest (which would explain them stepping away from developing Shadow of the Tomb Raider). That's not the only thing that has fans excited, as some are even theorizing that they'll use The Game Awards to reveal the first trailer for the untitled Avengers 4 film. Whatever they're bringing, let's hope it puts a smile on our faces.
Dragon Age 4
Bioware General Manager Casey Hudson will be at The Game Awards this year to present new gameplay footage of Anthem, though that's not the game on everyone's lips at the moment. The developer began teasing the announcement of something Dragon Age-related for December. The Game Awards would be the perfect stage to reveal Dragon Age 4, the highly demanded fourth entry in the beloved Dragon Age series. Would we be seeing this announcement? Only time will tell.
New Ninja Gaiden Game
Koei Tecmo has teased that they will be attending The Game Awards, and have something special to announce. Since we only have an image to go by - which shows the Game Awards airing date with flames behind it - nothing is actually known about this mysterious project. Many fans have been in deep speculation over what it could be, with many believing that it's a new IP, but the most popular theory seems to suggest that a new Ninja Gaiden game is on its way - or at least something akin to a spin-off. It's been many years since we've seen a triple-A game in the series (not counting Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z), but that silence may be broken when we get a taste of what's to come at event in a few days.
Earlier this year, Cold Iron Studios was acquired by a subsidiary of Fox, and were confirmed to be working on a new game set within the Alien franchise. Now, it seems like they're ready to pull the curtain back on what they've been working on. The Game Awards teased the announcement of this new Alien game, which has been rumoured to be titled Alien: Blackout. Most details point towards it being an online shooter, though we will surely know more at the event.
New Splinter Cell Game
The Walmart Canada leak may have made Bethesda leap into action to avoid spoiling Rage 2's announcement, but that hasn't been the case for a new Splinter Cell game, which was also teased in the leak. Unfortunately, the game missed the E3 2018 reveal date as predicted, but that doesn't mean we will have to wait until next E3 to find out more. There's nothing to suggest that a new Splinter Cell game will actually be at The Game Awards, but since many developers are using the stage this year to catapult new reveals, Ubisoft might also follow close behind. We can only keep our fingers crossed for the return of Sam Fisher.
The Game Awards is set to air on Thursday, December 6th, or in South Africa's case, in the wee hours of Friday morning at 03:30. Join us at The Nexus as we bring you awesome live coverage of all the awards, surprises, and announcements!
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