Top 10 announcements at Game Awards 2020
We round-up the most exciting launches, teasers and trailers from this year's Game Awards!
11 Dec 2020
The Game Awards are basically the Oscars of the gaming world. So they’re a pretty big deal. But they’re also about more than just announcing the best titles out this year. Game developers will often take the opportunity to tease what they’ve got on in the works. And with no E3 this year, gamers were on the edge of their seats to see what might be coming.
The live-streamed event last night had plenty of reveals- more than we can fit here. But what are we most excited about? Here are our top picks.
Mass Effect 4 – it’s happening
Yep, Mass Effect is back. Bioware showed off its new teaser trailer, although there’s no official title just yet. Fans of the much-loved sci-fi RPG shooter are already picking the trailer apart for hints about the game. So far, there are two main take-outs: that it’s probably set after the events of Mass Effect 3 since one of the original crewmembers, Lara T-Soni, makes an appearance and that it’s set in the Milky Way.
Master Chief comes to Fortnite
Good news for Fortnite fans! You can now battle it out as Master Chief, the Halo hero. Unfortunately, it’s not free – it’s paid-for downloadable content. But it is available on all the different platforms – Xbox, PlayStation, PC and mobile. There’s loads of extra Halo-related weapons and vehicles up for grabs too, like Warthogs and Gravity Hammers.
Evil Dead… the game.
Love the Evil Dead movies? A big announcement last night was Evil Dead: The Game which is set for a 2021 release. It’s a multiplayer action game, so you can stand (virtual) side by side with your mates against a horde of creepy creatures. And, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without appearances from all your favourite characters from the films and TV shows.
It’ll be out on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
The ultimate dinosaur showdown in Ark 2
If you haven’t seen it yet, the new cinematic trailer for Ark 2 is insane. In a good way. In summary, Vin Diesel fends off hulking, animalistic rival tribesmen and a massive t-rex in a stunningly detailed jungle landscape.
Ark 2 (as you might have guessed) is the sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved, the online survival game. While we’re still not that much closer to guessing at gameplay, story or release date, Ark 2 definitely looks like one to watch.
Dragon Age is coming… at some point.
EA are building anticipation for the next instalment of the Dragon Age fantasy RPG franchise. But we did get two new bits of info. First, the name which is -drumroll- Dragon Age. And secondly we got a new teaser. Not much to go on but still exciting for Dragon Age lovers.
The Callisto Protocol promises big scares
‘The scariest game ever’. That’s a pretty big claim. But if there’s anyone who can make it, it’s Glen Schofield, one of the Dead Space co-creators.
The Callisto Protocol is supposed to be the spiritual successor to Dead Space, the ground-breaking, genre-defining sci-fi horror game. Although this is the first game by new game developers Striking Distance, having Glen Schofield at the helm is a definite thumbs-up.
The announcement trailer felt bone-chillingly atmospheric, so we’re hoping for the same story-driven horror awesomeness of Dead Space. It’s due out in 2022 for Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC.
Perfect Dark gets a reboot
Joanna Dark is back. That means more stealth, shooting, action espionage goodness to sink our teeth into. Continuing on with the Game Awards 2020’s sci-fi heavy line-up this is set in what Microsoft have called an ‘eco sci-fi’ world.
There’s no release date yet, but we do know it’ll be out on Xbox Series X|S and probably PC too. Oh, and there’s this teaser trailer showcasing a lot of incredible looking scenery.
Returnal looks like a PS5 heavy-hitter
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long for this one. Returnal, a PS5 exclusive comes out in March next year. It sees Selene, an Astra space scout (yes, more space) trapped in a time-loop, trying to make her way off a hostile planet.
It was nice to see an actual gameplay trailer at the Game Awards. And this looks set to take advantage of all the incredible upgrades the PS5 has to offer- like the adaptive feedback and haptic triggers. Check out the trailer for some awesome looking combat sequences.
For Left 4 Dead fans… Back 4 Blood
So it’s not a Left 4 Dead sequel. But Black 4 Blood is very much the spiritual successor of the incredibly popular Valve zombie-fighting co-op game. And we’re seeing some exciting new zombies to take care of too, including 20ft tall mega zombies.
Get your zombie-apocalypse hat on for June 22.
Last of Us Part II sweeps the board.
It’s probably no surprise to anyone who’s played Last of Us Part II that the game did seriously well at this year’s awards. The immersive, post-apocalyptic survival game won Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Audio Design, Best Narrative, Best Action/Adventure Game and Laura Bailey won an award for her performance as Abby too. This game is a must-play. And if you haven’t tried it yet, please do.
Of course, there were other winners too:
Best art direction - Ghost of Tsushima
Best indie game – Hades
Best mobile game – Among Us
Best VR/AR – Half-Life Alyx
Best action game – Hades
Best RPG – Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Best fighting game – Mortal Kombat 11
Best family game – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Best SIM/Strategy game – Microsoft Flight Simulator
Best sports/racing game winner – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Best multiplayer game – Among Us
Most anticipated game – Elden Ring
And you can still check out a video of the whole event online too: The Game Awards 2020