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The Game Awards 2018: all the announcements and trailers

The Game Awards is a chance to celebrate some of the very best games released this year, but that’s not necessarily why so many people tune in. Instead, much of the appeal is the deluge of news that’s packed throughout the show. And 2018 was no different: there were new game reveals, incredible trailers, and other exciting announcements, including the debut of Epic’s anticipated PC games store. You can keep up with all the biggest news right here.

  • The Game Awards has made its peace with what it can and can’t do

    The Game Awards 2018 - Arrivals
    Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

    It’s been two years, and Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards, is still thinking about the Schick Hydrobot.

    In 2016, while the glitzy industry celebration was enjoying its third show, viewers were preoccupied with the night’s strangest guest: a marketing gimmick in the form of a shockingly buff blue-and-silver robot with a nightmarish razor blade for a head. It walked the red carpet. It posed with games luminary Hideo Kojima. And, much to the chagrin of many viewers, its silent, hulking form appeared in segments throughout the night.

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  • Dec 7, 2018

    Nick Statt and Andrew Webster

    The 13 biggest announcements from The Game Awards 2018

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    The Outer Worlds.

    The Game Awards is ostensibly the equivalent of the Oscars for the video game industry, but the biggest names in interactive entertainment have never been known to turn down a good marketing opportunity. So The Game Awards have also evolved into a jam-packed news event, with new trailers, game announcements, and other surprises packed in between the night’s slate of prizes.

    This year was no different, and The Game Awards were home to some big announcements from Fortnite creator Epic Games, Ubisoft, and a slew of indie developers. If you weren’t able to watch it live, here’s the biggest news from the show:

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  • Chaim Gartenberg

    Dec 7, 2018

    Chaim Gartenberg

    Persona 5’s Joker is the first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is almost here, but Nintendo isn’t resting on its laurels. On the eve of the game’s launch the company announced the first of five DLC characters for the fighting game: Joker from Persona 5.

    There’s no word yet as to when the DLC will be out, but we do know that along with Joker as a playable character, the DLC pack will also include a new, Persona-themed stage and a collection of new music from Persona.

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  • Fortnite’s new block area will feature player creations

    Fortnite is a game that just won’t stop. In addition to announcing a brand-new creative mode this week, a new Epic Games store, and the start of season seven, the developers behind the battle royale game announced “The Block” today at The Game Awards, an area of the battle royale island that will highlight some of the best creations made by players in the new creative mode. You can load Fortnite right now and see it yourself at the Risky Reels location, which has been cleared to make space for the new addition.

    To enter the competition, players must build something in Creative Mode and share it on social media using the hashtag #FortniteBlockParty. Whatever fans make must follow the new code of conduct, which disallows things like pornographic content and hate speech. Here’s Epic going into the nitty gritty of what makes a submission viable for The Block.

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  • Andrew Webster

    Dec 7, 2018

    Andrew Webster

    Magic: The Gathering is getting a pro league with $10 million in prizes

    Magic: The Gathering Arena

    One of the world’s most enduring game is getting a high-level professional league for its top players. At the Game Awards this evening, Wizards of the Coast revealed a new e-sports initiative that covers both the physical version of Magic: The Gathering, as well as the PC iteration, Arena. The competitions will include a combined $10 million in prizes.

    At the core of this new venture is the Magic Pro League, which will include 32 of the world’s best players, competing in a series of weekly match-ups as well as major tournaments, called Mythic Championships. Each MPL player will receive a $75,000 contract in addition to the opportunity to earn prize money. The first major MPL tournament will take place at PAX East in Boston next year, and will feature a $1 million prize purse.

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  • Andrew Webster

    Dec 7, 2018

    Andrew Webster

    Dark Souls-style adventure Ashen is out right now on Xbox One and PC

    Ashen

    It’s been a long wait for Ashen, an intriguingly dark action-adventure game that was first revealed back in 2014. At the Game Awards this evening, developer A44 revealed the game’s long-anticipated release date — and it’s actually available right now. You can grab the game now on Xbox One and PC, through Epic’s new game store.

    Despite being in the works for so long, Ashen still remains something of a mystery, combining elements of Dark Souls and Shadow of the Colossus into a strange fantasy adventure. Here’s how A44 describes it:

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  • Andrew Webster

    Dec 7, 2018

    Andrew Webster

    No Man’s Sky developer Hello announces its next game, The Last Campfire

    While No Man’s Sky continues to grow in interesting new directions, developer Hello Games is announcing its next project, and it’s something very different. Called The Last Campfire, the game is a beautiful, and much smaller experience compared to the sprawling No Man’s Sky. “We call it a Hello Games Short,” says Hello’s Sean Murray. “Like Pixar shorts, it’s a way to foster creativity and new voices in the studio.”

    We don’t know much about the game, but here’s how the studio describes it:

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  • Dec 7, 2018

    Julia Alexander

    Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds looks like sci-fi Fallout

    Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment’s newest RPG is The Outer Worlds.

    Obsidian Entertainment brought the first teaser for The Outer Worlds to The Game Awards, giving fans of the developer just a small glimpse into the newly crafted world. The trailer showed off intergalactic travel, numerous planets, and sci-fi technology. A brief introduction to weapons and characters players will encounter also appear.

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  • Sam Byford

    Dec 7, 2018

    Sam Byford

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive

    Nintendo has announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order exclusively for the Switch. The game was announced through a trailer shown off at The Game Awards, which are currently in progress; it’ll be out in 2019. Team Ninja, the studio behind Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, and Nioh, is on board as developer, marking its first Nintendo collaboration since Metroid: Other M.

    It’s been a while since the last Ultimate Alliance game; the second came out in 2009 for various platforms. The series focuses on Diablo-style action RPG combat, and features characters from throughout the Marvel universe. Ultimate Alliance 3 will allow for up to four-player local co-op on a single Switch system. The game has an original story that sees various Marvel superheroes team up to take on Thanos and his Black Order allies.

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  • Nick Statt

    Dec 7, 2018

    Nick Statt

    Epic’s PC game store is live now

    Epic games launcher
    Image: Epic Games

    Epic Games announced earlier this week that it was entering the digital game store business, and just a few days later the Fortnite developer is ready to open its marketplace. The new Epic Games Store, which will live inside the Epic Launcher app for Windows and Mac, is now live after a surprise launch in the middle of the Game Awards in Los Angeles this evening.

    Epic is only confirming 14 titles right now, but its first two to be available right now are high-profile ones: Ashen from developer A44 and publisher Annapurna Interactive, and an all-new game from Bastion and Transistor developer Supergiant Games called Hades. Some other big names include Gunfire Games’ recently released Darksiders 3 and indie classics Journey and Super Meat Boy.

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  • Sam Byford

    Dec 7, 2018

    Sam Byford

    Hades is a new game from the makers of Pyre and Transistor, and it’s out now in early access

    Here’s a total surprise: a brand-new title from Supergiant Games, the studio behind Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre, has been announced and released all at once. Hades is in keeping with the studio’s isometric action-RPG history, with a typically eye-catching and unique art style. It’s out now for $19.99 in early access — but not on Steam.

    Hades is one of the most high-profile titles secured for the launch of the Epic Games Store, a new Steam competitor from Fortnite creators Epic, who are planning to woo developers with a more attractive 88/12 revenue split. The store is now live on the web and built into the same Epic app used to launch Fortnite on PC.

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  • Dec 7, 2018

    Julia Alexander

    Journey headed to PC via Epic’s new Steam store rival

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    Journey, thatgamecompany’s critically adored 2012 open-world game, is headed to PC in 2019. The game will be available for PC users exclusive through Fortnite developer and publisher Epic Games’ new digital marketplace, which went live during The Game Awards’ presentation.

    Journey won multiple awards in 2012 and 2013, and took home six awards at the Game Developers Choice Awards: Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Visual Arts, Best Downloadable Game, the Innovation Award, and Game of the Year. Journey even made history at the 2013 Grammy’s. It was the first video game nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

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  • Chaim Gartenberg

    Dec 7, 2018

    Chaim Gartenberg

    Far Cry: New Dawn is a post-apocalyptic sequel to Far Cry 5

    After an early teaser, Ubisoft has officially announced Far Cry: New Dawn at The Game Awards, offering a new spin on the first-person shooter franchise by shifting the story of Far Cry 5 years later to a post-nuclear apocalypse world.

    But as seen in the trailer, the world of Hope County has changed a whole lot since Far Cry 5, with the kind of improvised weapons, colorful spray paint, and scavenged gear that brings to mind the lighthearted tone of games like the upcoming Rage 2 more than the dour world of the previous game.

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  • Andrew Webster

    Dec 7, 2018

    Andrew Webster

    Sayonara Wild Hearts is the next game from cult mobile studio Simogo

    It’s been years since we’ve had a new game from Simogo, the small Swedish studio behind offbeat hits like Device 6 and The Sailor’s Dream. But at the Game Awards this evening, the team announced its long-awaited next project: Sayonara Wild Hearts, and it looks completely different than anything the studio has done before. It’s described as “a euphoric music video dream about being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200mph.”

    It clearly has a heavy musical focus — as you can see in the trailer above — and an absolutely wild sense of style, like an interactive music video. It’s also not explicitly a mobile game like most Simogo titles, but instead will be launching on the Nintendo Switch and “other platforms” some time next year. We don’t know much else right now.

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