The Game Awards 2021 took place in Los Angeles last week. They showed a ton of trailers and announcements as well as giving out a bunch of awards. Here’s what you missed.
It Takes Two was the big winner of the evening, taking home Game of the Year, Best Family Game and Best Multiplayer. Deathloop also did well, winning Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction. Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 5 won Best Audio Design, Best Sports/Racing, and best Innovation in Accessibility. Maggie Robertson won Best Performance for her role as Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village. And Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy won Best Narrative, which is excellent, but the award is pale in comparison to the glowing review our very own Dan Hilton gave it.
The Game Awards 2021 also featured some big announcements and unexpected surprises. It was a big night for new games and game-related announcements. Here are the highlights:
A new game created by Monolith - the studio behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War games - the Wonder Woman was one of the first surprises from The Game Awards 2021. Little is known on the game at the moment, but Monolith have an incredible track record so it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is developed by Rocksteady Games, creators of the Batman: Arkham games, and finally got a gameplay trailer at The Game Awards 2021. It showed Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and several other “villains” fighting The Flash, who appears to be working with the bad guys (not the ones you’ll play as).
Alan Wake 2
The long-awaited sequel Alan Wake 2 was revealed by Remedy Entertainment. This time it’s going to be less psychological thriller and more survival horror. Creative director Sam Lake and team last made Control, which made narrative connections between the two games. You’ll have to wait until 2023 to play it so you might as well dive back into the original and its remaster.
Star Wars: Eclipse
Set in the High Republic era, Star Wars: Eclipse looks to explore a period we haven’t seen in other games. Developed by Quantic Dream, who are known for their narrative-focused adventure games rather than action or shooter titles. How this will exactly play out remains to be seen.
Halo TV Series
Hot on the heels of the Halo Infinite release on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S earlier this month. The full trailer for the upcoming Paramount+ Halo series gave us a brief look at Spartans and marines, as well as Pablo Schreiber in his Master Chief outfit. Although the trailer was less than a minute long it did give us some narration coming from Cortana... or Catherine Halsey.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2
The most surprising announcement of the night had to be that Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 is in the works. Like its predecessor, it’ll be a brutal third-person action shooter starring Captain Titus of the Ultramarines. It’s developed by Saber Interactive (Halo, Quake and World War Z) and published by Focus Entertainment, with a launch planned for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. Captain Titus will go up against the Tyranids this time around, which will give his Ork opponents from the first game time to stitch themselves back together. Focus boss John Bert said Space Marine 2 is “the biggest project in Focus’ history in terms of investment and ambition”, so I have high hopes.
All Wrapped Up
So there you go, which ones are you most excited about? Or are you excited about an announcement that I didn’t mention? Let us know on the Zatu socials.