The Game Awards, as always, were loaded with some major announcements for some of the biggest names coming to gaming in the upcoming years. Everything from small developers to some of the biggest in the industry showed off some fairly impressive-looking titles. There was so much unveiled it would be difficult to completely cover in one article, but some of the biggest Game Awards announcements will be featured here for anyone who wants to catch up.
Some honorable mentions certainly worth checking out for anyone interested are Thrasher, the new game by the creators of the cult-hit Thumper, Exodus, a sci-fi title featuring Matthew McConaughey, and Metaphor: ReFantazio, a new Atlus title that looks very inspired by Persona 5 Strikers but with a fantasy-like setting.
This is the first new game from Motion Twin since the massively successful Dead Cells, a game that the French developer has been wholly centered around supporting since its release. Windblown seems to be Motion Twin wanting to tread down a similar path of fast-paced and brutally difficult combat but with some new movement and environmental twists that are only hinted at in the reveal trailer.
Hideo Kojima is back with a new game following Death Stranding and, as usual, he’s being cryptic and extremely lowkey about all information concerning the game. OD promises to be a horror experience and to really bring the scares, Kojima is working with none other than the current king of silver screen horror, Jordan Peele. The game, like Death Stranding, will feature a number of renowned actors including IT‘s Sophia Lillis, Euphoria‘s Hunter Schafer, and Flesh for Frankenstein‘s Udo Kier.
Tales of Kenzera: Zau
Tales of Kenzera: Zau is inspired by the grief of Abubakar Salim, the actor known on television for his role in Raised by Wolves and in video games for his role as the lead in Assassin’s Creed Origins. This seems like a game that fans of Hollow Knight and Ori and The Blind Forest should absolutely be keeping an eye on.
The new game from the developers behind Untitled Goose Game, House House, appears to see the development team leaning into its goofy tone, only with a stronger emphasis on multiplayer and compelling world-building. Big Walk seems like a game players will be able to pour hours into interacting with the environment and eachother, and it will be interesting to see what all they have in mind for these interactions as more is revealed in the future.
The First Berserker: Khazan
There were a handful of Souls-like titles shown off at The Game Awards, but The First Berserker: Khazan certainly seems to be one of the most promising. It’s developed by Neople, the Korean-based studio behind Dungeon Fighter Online, and it seems like the game will be bringing those brutal boss fights fans of this genre love with a new world and setting.
God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla
Maybe the best DLC reveal of the night was God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla. Not only because it’s a new addition to the incredible game that won six Game Awards in 2022, but it’s also going to be completely free when it launches in just a few days on December 12th.
Final Fantasy 16: Echoes of the Fallen
Final Fantasy 16 also got an extremely exciting DLC reveal with two expansions, Echoes of the Fallen and The Rising Tide, both being shown off. The first DLC Echoes of the Fallen is already available for players to download and The Rising Tide will be available in 2024. Final Fantasy 16 has a ton of content to keep players entertained, and it’s great to see Square Enix continuing to pour more love into the story and content of this title.
Jurassic Park: Survival
A new survival-horror game from the studio that made Vampyr some years back, and this time, the horror will feel very familiar to most. It’s about time a game challenged Ark‘s current monopoly on the dinosaur gaming scene and Jurassic Park is clearly the best IP to do that with. The trailer gives off real Alien: Isolation vibes, and if the gameplay can deliver on that, it would be wonderful.
Monster Hunter Wilds
Monster Hunter Wilds is the next major installment of the franchise, and it seems like Capcom is trying to bring the franchise to a scale that it hadn’t even seen in Monster Hunter World. There’s a lot of very exciting stuff going on in the trailer for fans of the series, and more information is promised for summer 2024.
Light No Fire
One of the most exciting announcements of the night is the new title from No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games. It was pretty hilarious to watch co-founder Sean Murray joke about being nervous due to the fallout from the last time they announced a groundbreaking new game, but it seems like the studio is hellbent on making Light No Fire fully deliver, and the trailer delivers in spades on building hope towards that promise. If Hello Games actually manages to achieve a fully explorable, complete planet (A truly open, open world) with Light No Fire, then this title could be the next step in AAA gaming.