The Game Awards is a chance to celebrate the best games of the year, but it’s also full of news about games — and in this case, gaming consoles. Microsoft used the 2019 awards to announce its upcoming Xbox Series X, and Sony confirmed the first game for its upcoming PlayStation 5. You can find those stories, plus lots of trailers for unannounced and highly anticipated games, right here.
It’s that time of year again: The Game Awards, gaming’s most flashy awards celebration, which also doubles as an E3-style keynote packed with announcements. The 2019 edition was no exception. This year saw a massive revealed of the next Xbox — the Xbox Series X — along with the very first PlayStation 5 title. On top of that, we had news and trailers for big games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, League of Legends, and more.Read Article >
Here are the biggest announcements from the show.
Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel just appeared on stage at The Game Awards to announce Fast & Furious Crossroads, a new game coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It features both stars from the movie mega-franchise along with Tyrese Gibson, and is being developed by Project Cars creators Slightly Mad Studios. Bandai Namco is publishing.Read Article >
The trailer doesn’t give much away about how the game will play, but given the preceding information it is safe to say that it will involve driving cars very fast in close proximity to explosions. A Bandai Namco press release describes it as a “team-based, vehicular-heist action game” where players will “travel from the streets of exotic locales to the murky world of international espionage, pulling off high-speed heists and stunts as they battle to take down a new threat.”
Dec 13, 2019
A second season of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us is being produced, following the studio’s shutdown last year and its relaunch in August. The Wolf Among Us 2 had been in development before Telltale’s closure, and it’s now being created in conjunction with AdHoc Studio, which was founded by former Telltale developers. The original voice actors for Bigby Wolf (Adam Harrington) and Snow White (Erin Yvette) will also be returning. There’s not much more detail about the new season, except for a brief reintroduction to Bigby Wolf — the protagonist of the original 2014 adventure game based on comic series Fables.Read Article >
In a press release, LCG Entertainment — which purchased Telltale’s assets earlier this year — said the game would be available on consoles and on PC initially as an Epic Games Store exclusive. We don’t know when that’s happening, but you can see the brief trailer for the second season above.
Sit back and enjoy a nice look at one of the most anticipated games for the PS4. At The Game Awards tonight, developer Sucker Punch revealed the latest trailer for its PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima, an action-adventure game that combines sword fighting and stealth in a world inspired by feudal Japan. Clocking in at four minutes, the trailer is easily the best look at the game to date, mixing together both gameplay and cinematic footage.Read Article >
Ghost of Tsushima was first announced back in 2017, and we’ve heard little about it since then, aside from a slick gameplay trailer at E3 a year later. It’s a big departure for Sucker Punch, a studio best-known for the Sly Cooper series and the superhero-inspired Infamous games. It’s launching next summer.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of 2020, and at The Game Awards, CD Projekt Red revealed more details about another important area of the game: the soundtrack, which will be drawing on a variety of popular punk, electronic, rap, hip-hop, and alternative artists to set the mood.Read Article >
The trailer reveals a list of artists who’ll be contributing music to Cyperpunk 2077’s soundtrack, including:
Tonight at The Game Awards, Riot revealed the first indie games it will be publishing as part of its newly-unveiled Riot Forge label. One is called Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, and it’s being developed by Airship Syndicate for console and PC. You can check out the first trailer above. The other is Convergence — inexplicably styled Conv/rgence — developed by Double Stallion Games. You can get a first look below. It’s also coming to console and PC, though neither game has a release date yet.Read Article >
Riot Forge was announced a week ago as a way for Riot to expand the League of Legends universe with smaller, linear games. The idea is that, while Riot focuses on the big, ongoing titles like the core League of Legends, indie studio will craft more narratively driven experiences within the same fictional world. “Riot doesn’t have a ton of traditional experience making completable games, so we’re working with studios who do have that experience and unique style to bring a new look to League of Legends,” Riot Forge head Leanne Loombe told The Verge.
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s newly revealed next-gen console with a unique, PC-inspired vertical design that has already had many questioning how on earth they’re going to fit it into their TV stand. But don’t worry: according to Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft “designed Xbox Series X to support both vertical and horizontal orientation.”Read Article >
Based on the orientation of the Xbox button on the Xbox Series X, it’s clear that Microsoft intends for the console to be stood up vertically, much in the same way that the current Xbox One consoles were designed to lay flat.
The long-awaited release of Final Fantasy VII Remake is quickly approaching, but in the mean time at least we have this nice, new look at Cloud Strife. Square Enix released the game’s latest trailer tonight at The Game Awards, and its focused exclusively on everyone’s favorite spiky-haired protagonist. The trailer provides a bit of backstory, which should be useful to those new to the game, though it doesn’t answer important questions, like why Cloud’s sword is so big.Read Article >
Final Fantasy VII Remake is launching on the PS4 on March 3rd, though it’s a timed exclusive, meaning it could hit other platforms in 2021. The release will represent the early, Midgar-focused portion of the original game, while subsequent titles are already in development. “We’re also now starting to continue planning it out and outlining the overall content of the second game,” producer Yoshinori Kitase told The Verge back at E3.
Microsoft just announced the new Xbox Series X, and along with the console comes a new Xbox Wireless Controller. It doesn’t deviate too far from the existing Xbox One design, retaining signature features like the bumpers and rumble triggers, but there are a few meaningful tweaks.Read Article >
Microsoft says the controller’s “size and shape have been refined to accommodate an even wider range of people;” it’s slightly smaller than before. The biggest new feature is a PS4-style dedicated Share button, which should simplify the experience when uploading screenshots and video clips. The D-pad has also been redesigned, moving from a cross shape to a circle style reminiscent of the Elite controller’s.
Gearbox and Counterplay Games have just announced Godfall at The Game Awards, a “third-person fantasy looter-slasher focused on melee combat” that marks the first game announced for Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5.Read Article >
Godfall is set in an entirely new universe, and will support solo, duo, or three-player co-op (although no gameplay was shown at the show.) In the Gearbox spirit — which also publishes the Borderlands games — Godfall will have an emphasis on collecting ever-escalating sets of loot and weapons over the game.
Dec 13, 2019
Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is officially called Xbox Series X. Microsoft revealed the name and console design on stage at the Game Awards today. The console itself looks far more like a PC than we’ve seen from previous Xbox consoles, and Microsoft’s trailer provides a brief glimpse at the new design.Read Article >
The console itself is designed to be used in both vertical and horizontal orientations, and Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, promises that it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.”