The video game equivalent of the Oscars will be showcasing at least a dozen new games on Thursday night, as The Game Awards hype begins.
The last chance for any big name new video game announcements will be this Thursday, as The Game Awards prepares its annual awards ceremony and the unveiling of a number of new titles.
Although the game awards themselves are always a major part of the three-hour event the main reason many people watch is for trailers of unannounced games or new looks at upcoming titles.
According to host and organiser Geoff Keighley, speaking in a recent Reddit AMA, there will be over a dozen games that will be revealed at the show for the first time.
‘I think there are a good dozen+ games that will be announced/revealed at the show for the first time’, said Keighley. ‘I think around 12 to 15 or so?’
This is expected to be a mix of AAA titles and smaller indie games but Keighley offered no clue as to what any of them were and, unusually, there haven’t been any leaks yet.
There are vague rumours that Microsoft is going to show something but according to developer 343 Industries it won’t be Halo Infinite.
There’s been equally vague hints of something to do with Fortnite but the only game we know for certain is going to be there is Dragon Age 4 – although whether that’s being counted as a new reveal or not, since it has technically been announced already, is unclear.
The fact that Keighley is not sure exactly how many games there’ll be is not surprising as it’s very common for reveals to be pulled at the last minute, at The Game Awards and other events such as E3.
Since there was no E3 this year though The Game Awards automatically becomes the most high-profile event at which to unveil new games, although the complications brought on by the coronavirus make it impossible to guess what they might be or how far along companies are with already announced projects.
Previously though almost every major company, including Sony and Nintendo, has shown off new games or footage at the event.
Since Nintendo has been very quiet all year fans will be hoping for a new look at the Zelda: Breath Of The Wild sequel, or perhaps Bayonetta 3 or Metroid Prime 4, while there’s some hope that the new God Of War may be given a proper unveiling by Sony.
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Hope also springs eternal that we’ll finally get some new information on FromSoftware’s Elden Ring, but none of these games are guaranteed and it’ll just be down to a case of seeing what’s revealed on the night of Thursday, December 10.
And by night we mean morning. Even though this year’s event is earlier than usual it still doesn’t start till 11.30pm GMT and since that’s only the pre-show it’s unlikely many are going to sit through the whole thing live.
We will though, so hopefully when you wake up on Friday morning you’ll have some juicy new video game trailers to watch, and a clearer idea of what to expect from 2021 and beyond.
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