The Game Awards has always been an awards ceremony each year, but it has also doubled as a news event for developers and publishers to showcase their games and make surprising new announcements. This year, The Game Awards will go all-out, apparently featuring around 40-50 games on its live stage. Host Geoff Keighley also promised that the new game reveals out of that batch will be in the double digits.
Speaking to Epic Games, Keighley teased the scope of The Game Awards 2021, stating that around 40-50 games will be showcased, and over 10 of them will be new game announcements. He added that there will be a “true display” of what the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles are capable of, meaning it’s likely we’ll see some new-generation only titles take the stage.
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Of course, this has caused the internet to run rampant with speculation. Each year, The Game Awards boasts some surprise unveilings. Historically, big reveals like Mortal Kombat 11 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was revealed at the show, so there’s no limit as to which games could arrive.
Since The Game Awards and Xbox have a solid partnership, it seems like a good guess that we’ll see an upcoming title from Xbox be showcased in a little more detail. Arkane’s vampire-hunting open-world game Redfall is on the speculated list, including Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, though none of these can be confirmed. NetherRealm Studios’ next major fighting game is also circulating the rumour mill. Other than that, we’ll just have to wait and see what Keighley and company have in store for us.
Keighley put a bit of emphasis on showcasing what’s coming next to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, saying:
“I still feel like we’ve only kind of sort of touched the surface of what’s possible on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, so I think you’ll see some stuff in the show that is truly pretty stunning. We’ll see footage of games that will remind people that the best of this industry is still to come.”
The Game Awards 2021 will air on 9 December from a live venue in Los Angeles. Last year’s event was digital-only, so this will be the first time in a couple of years that The Game Awards will debut in front of a live audience.
Source: Epic Games