The Game Awards will be “significantly shorter” this year, says host Geoff Keighley after taking feedback into account. The annual awards show has hosted some big reveals in addition to the actual awards-giving, though plenty of fans criticised its length which would run for over 3 hours in most years. However, that will change this year as Keighley says they’re targeting a shorter time with less clutter, but it will still deliver on exciting announcements.
Speaking on his usual Twitter spaces audio streams, Keighley confirmed that this year’s show will be shorter than previous years. It will also feature fewer big games, though still assured fans that we can expect around 30-40 games showing new content with “a fair number” of new game announcements. “We definitely have cut back pretty significantly in terms of the runtime on the show and just you know kind of fewer games, fewer bigger games that’ll be in there,” said Keighley.
Keighley’s full statement regarding the shortened length of The Game Awards this year reads:
“One thing we’re doing this year is we’re trying to make the show a little bit shorter. I won’t say anything officially until we’re through our rehearsals, but we think it’s going to be a significantly shorter show this year. We think there’s been a little bit of fatigue about how long the show has been, there are lots of games and lots of things that want to be a part of it, but we’re cutting back on those things to hopefully have a bit more of a streamlined show.”
Hopefully this means that it will be a faster-paced show with the focus being on the awards, reveals and those sweet world premieres. It also helps with South Africans planning to tune into the event at 2:30 AM, as it means you’ll probably be able to get in a bit of sleep after the show before work.
The Game Awards kicks off on 8 December at 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET or 2:30 AM CAT in the early Friday morning hours.
Source: Geoff Keighley (via Video Games Chronicle)