It’s that time of year again: the Game Prizes, a three-hour event that includes teasers and reveals in addition to the awards. The event was jam-packed this year, with announcements ranging from Star Wars to The Expanse to Halo and Among Us. There’s even a new Alan Wake. Sting was also present.
If you weren’t able to see the programme live, here are all of the major announcements that you may have missed.
Epic‘s newest Unreal Engine 5 demo isn’t just a lovely cinematic; it’s also an interactive feature that you can download for free on a PlayStation 5 right now. Even better, it’s a chance to get a first glimpse into The Matrix’s cyberpunk world ahead of the fourth film’s release later this month – which we also got a first look at tonight. Check out our interview with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss for more more.
ALAN WAKE 2 INTRODUCES SURVIVAL HORROR TO THE SERIES.
One of the greatest shocks was the announcement of a sequel for Alan Wake. We don’t know much about it yet, but the series’ creative director, Sam Lake, believes it will take a survival horror turn.
SLITTERHEAD RETURNS FROM THE SILENT HILL CREATOR
With the similarly scary title Slitterhead, Bokeh Game Studio, founded by Silent Hill founder Keiichiro Toyama, announced an exceedingly disturbing new game. I can’t include the trailer since it’s so frightening.
THE ELDEN RING CONTINUES TO BE AMAZING.
We’ve seen a lot of Elden Ring — and even played a little of it — but that doesn’t mean we won’t keep watching trailers. The newest is more story-driven than gameplay-driven, making the wait for the game’s February release all the more difficult.
AN IN-DEPTH EXAMINATION OF THE SUICIDE SQUAD GAME
It’s been a long time since Rocksteady — best known for the Arkham series of Batman games — announced that it was working on a Suicide Squad game, but due to a new teaser, we now get a better look at Kill the Justice League. The game is set to release in 2022, and it will be Rocksteady’s first new game in over seven years.
THE WONDER WOMAN IS BEGINNING TO PLAY HER OWN GAME
Monolith Productions, the studio behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, is working on a Wonder Woman game. It’ll be a third-person action game that incorporates Mordor’s infamous “nemesis system.” There’s no information on a release date or platform yet.
THE PC VERSION OF FINAL FANTASY VII IS FINALLY HERE!
The once PlayStation-only recreation of legendary Final Fantasy VII is now available on PC — and it’ll be here shortly. The improved Intergrade version, which previously graced the PS5, will be released on December 16th.
A STAR WARS GAME IS IN THE WORKS AT QUANTIC DREAM.
Quantic Dream, the company behind the, shall we say, dubious game Detroit: Become Human, is currently working on a Star Wars game. Eclipse is described as “an intricately branching action-adventure game that can be experienced in many ways, and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands.” It is set during the High Republic era and is called “an intricately branching action-adventure game that can be experienced in many ways, and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands.” There’s no information yet on a release date or platform.
THE LIVE-ACTION HALO SERIES HAS A NEW TRAILER.
While everyone is enthralled with Halo Infinite, another major addition to the Halo world is on the way. We got our first true look at the live-action Halo TV programme that will premiere on Paramount Plus early next year during the Game Awards.
VR IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE COMMON AMONG US.
The social deduction hit Among Us is currently available on a variety of devices, but its next release will include something new: virtual reality. The new version, created by VR firm Schell Games (I Expect You to Die), will transform the game from a fun 2D game to a first-person 3D experience. There’s no news on when it’ll be released, but it’ll be available for Meta Quest, PlayStation VR, and Steam VR devices.
GAMES FROM GOOGLE PLAY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON COMPUTERS.
Google announced a new technology that would allow users to play Android games from Google Play on a PC in a surprise presentation. We don’t know much about it now, but it’ll be ready in 2022.
A SONIC DOUBLE DOSE
In addition to the surprise announcement of Sonic Frontiers, a new “open zone” game that is the latest attempt to make a good 3D Sonic The Hedgehog, we also got a look at the sequel to the live-action Sonic movie set for release in 2020, which includes the first look (and listen) of Idris Elba as Knuckles.
DUNE: SPICE WARS IS A RTS VERSION OF DUNE.
Spice Wars, a real-time strategy game by Shiro Games, is expected to arrive in early access on PC in 2022, and will extend the Dune universe.
HELLBLADE 2 HAS A LONG AND UNCOMFORTABLE TRAILER
From the landscape you’ll be rushing through to the eerie creatures you’ll face, the sequel to Hellblade – a horrific game about madness — appears grander in almost every aspect. In a nutshell, it looks scary, but this extended new video gives you a fair idea of what to expect.
THE EXPANSION OF CUPHEAD MAKES A NEW APPEARANCE.
We haven’t heard anything from Studio MDHR in a long time regarding The Delicious Last Course, a major expansion for the run-and-gun platformer Cuphead. Now we have not just a new design, but also a release date: the DLC will be released on June 30th, 2022 on all Cuphead platforms.
ALBUM FROM THE CHILL LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Riot produced a relaxing album consisting of copyright-free music made exclusively for streamers this summer. It has now published its second album, Diana, which comprises 43 tunes produced by 25 different musicians and is centred on the League figure. It’s now accessible to listen to on Spotify and Apple Music.
PUBG IS NOW COMPLETELY FREE TO PLAY.
The genre-defining combat royale PUBG is finally becoming free to play, years after its first release. The upgrade brings the game on par with competitors like Fortnite and Apex Legends (along with mobile spinoffs PUBG Mobile and PUBG: New State) and should help keep the competitive scene alive for the next several years.
A TELLTALE-STYLE ADVENTURE FOR STAR TREK
For a future Star Trek game, Dramatic Labs, a new firm made up of veterans from the ill-fated adventure game publisher Telltale, is employing the same choose-your-own-adventure structure. It’s called Resurgence, and it’s set not long after the events of The Next Generation, according to the studio. It’ll be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Epic Games Store next spring.
TELLTALE, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS WORKING ON AN EXPANSIVE GAME.
Meanwhile, Telltale’s resurrected version is working on a science fiction game, with a new series based on The Expanse. It’s being co-developed by Life is Strange studio Deck Nine and is marketed as a precursor to the Amazon Prime series.
SCOTT PILGRIM VIBES ARE STRONG IN THIRSTY SUITORS.
Thirsty Suitors is the next game from Outerloop Games, and it’s characterised as “a narrative action-adventure game grappling with themes of complicated family dynamics, navigating challenging relationships, and realising one’s true self.” It also has a distinct Scott Pilgrim feel to it, with clashes against ex-lovers and Tony Hawk-style skating. The PC version of the Annapurna-published game is advertised as “coming soon.”
TUNIC, CROSSFIREX, AND LOST ARK RELEASE DATES
Among all of the teasers and disclosures, there were a few new release dates revealed. Tunic, a Zelda-like game for Xbox and PC, will be released on March 16th, and a lovely new trailer has been released to coincide with the release date. CrossfireX, a new Xbox shooter developed by Smilegate and Remedy, will be released on February 8th. (Remedy handled the single-player campaign while Smilegate worked on the multiplayer.) Meanwhile, Lost Ark, an Amazon-published MMO, will be released on Steam on February 11th.