Every December, The Game Awards airs to recognize the creative and technical excellence that we see every day in the video game industry. Tonight’s show brought together a diverse group of game developers, gamers, and notable names in popular culture to celebrate the place of video games as the most immersive and inspiring form of entertainment. Hosted by Geoff Keighley and with guest presenters such as Simu Liu, Giancarlo Esposito, Ming-Na Wen, Reggie Fils-Aime, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and many others, the show was truly a celebration of all things video games.
It has been a banner year for gaming as developers around the world have helped usher in a new generation of games with truly incredible experiences. We want to congratulate all the developers who were nominated and won this year. Xbox was fortunate to be nominated in nine categories, including Game of the Year, Best Sim / Strategy Game, Best Action / Adventure Game, Best Sports / Racing Game, and more. We are also very grateful that Halo Infinite has won the Player Voice Award and that Forza Horizon 5 it won the Best Audio Design, Best Sports / Racing Game and Best Accessibility awards.
Here is the complete list of our nominees:
- Game of the Year: Psychonauts 2
- Best Game Direction: Psychonauts 2
- Best Art Direction: Psychonauts 2
- Best narrative: Psychonauts 2
- Best Action / Adventure: Psychonauts 2
- Best Audio Design: Forza Horizon 5 [GANADOR]
- Innovation in Accessibility: Forza Horizon 5 [GANADOR]
- Best Sports / Racing Game: Forza Horizon 5 [GANADOR]
- Best Sim / Strategy Game: Age of Empires IV [GANADOR]
- Best Sim / Strategy Game: Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Player Voice: Halo Infinite [GANADOR]
Also, we were excited to share news about some of the games and experiences that will come to Xbox and other platforms, such as:
Ninja Theory presents the first reveal trailer of the gameplay from Senua’s Sacrifice: Hellblade II
Two years ago, at The Game Awards, Ninja Theory announced Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, a new chapter in the award-winning franchise. Today, they are back with the first reveal of the gameplay, captured in-game by the development team.
A closer look at the future of entertainment in the first full trailer of Halo
Fans had a chance to briefly catch a glimpse of Master Chief in the upcoming Halo television series, but tonight, we shared the first full trailer for the upcoming show detailing the epic 26th century conflict between humanity and the Covenant. Halo will unfold personal drawn stories filled with action, adventure, and a richly imagined vision of the future. Starring Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Charlotte Murphy and Jen Taylor, Halo will premiere on Paramount + in early 2022.
Amicia and Hugo return in A Plague Tale: Requiem
In an exciting new trailer, Asobo Studio and Focus Entertainment revealed the first gameplay from A Plague Tale: Requiem, the sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence, critically acclaimed and award-winning. In this new trailer, as Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Requiem” sets the tone, we invite you to witness the first glimpses of Amicia and Hugo’s epic adventure in a brutal and shockingly twisted world by supernatural forces. After escaping from his devastated homeland following the events of A Plague Tale: Innocence, Amicia and Hugo have decided to travel south, to new regions and cities. There, they will try to start a new life and control Hugo’s curse.
A new trailer for Somerville
Announced on Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June, Jumpship’s debut title will take you into a handcrafted narrative set across a vivid rural landscape. Set in the wake of a catastrophe and based on the intimate repercussions of a large-scale conflict, explore perilous terrain as you unravel the mysteries of Earth’s visitors. Somerville It’s coming to Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Xbox Game Pass in 2022.
Marcus Fenix and Kait Diaz arrive at Fortnite
Legendary hero of the Pendulum and Locust Wars, Marcus Fenix prepares for a new battle, bringing Kait Diaz with him. Both will fall on the island Fortnite as the latest members of the Gaming Legends series. In addition to the piece of back bling that each one will bring with them (Marcus will carry the Sonic Resonator and Kait the Reyna pendant), you will be able to grab three different pickaxes (Breaker Mace, Thumper and Butcher Cleaver), a Skiff Glider, a new gesture and aerosol. Additionally, starting December 9 at 9:00 AM ET and running through December 17 at 9:00 AM ET (check your local time), you will be able to complete Delta-One missions to unlock the Crimson Omen Spray.
Four new titles hit Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch
Xbox Game Pass offers a number of great benefits, one of which is enjoying new games the same day they are released. We are excited to announce that we will be releasing four new titles on Xbox Game Pass on the same day they launch. Even better, they will be available on console, PC and Cloud (Beta). Sniper Elite 5 gives you the power to finish off your targets without getting your hands dirty, watch the reveal trailer for Sniper Elite 5 in [email protected] Gathering Showcase on Twitch on December 10 at 12:45 pm PST (check your local time). Pigeon simulator lets you play as the world’s best-known birds and help them on their quest for revenge, love, and world domination. In Trek to Yomi Play as Hiroki, the young swordsman who swore to protect his city and the people he loves against all threats. Lastly, we are pleased to share that our friends at Hugecalf Studios will be introducing a new game in the near future that will arrive on the same day it is released to Game Pass. These titles join the list of releases as: Total War: Warhammer III, Redfall, A Plague Tale: Requiem and more. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire in Spanish to find out all the news about Xbox Game Pass!
Learn more about our nominees
Play as Razputin Aquato, a professional acrobat and psychic who achieved his dream of joining an international spy organization known as Psychonauts. However, these super spies are in trouble. Psychonauts 2Combining mysterious conspiracies and missions, wacky, it’s a cinematic-style adventure platformer with tons of customizable psychic powers. Psychonauts 2 offers danger, excitement and laughter in equal measure as you guide Raz on a journey through the minds of friend and foe on a quest to defeat a murderous psychic villain.
Forza Horizon 5
Explore the vibrant and changing open world landscapes of Mexico with fun and unlimited driving action in hundreds of the best cars in the world. Lead breathtaking expeditions through Mexico with its striking contrast and beauty as you discover lively deserts, lush jungles, historic cities, hidden ruins, pristine beaches, vast canyons, and a towering snow-capped volcano – the highest point in a game of Horizon.
Age of Empires IV
One of the most beloved real-time strategy games returns to glory with Age of Empires IV, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world. With familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire into vast landscapes with astonishing 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV offers an evolved real-time strategy game to a new generation.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Get ready to fly from light aircraft to wide-body jets, with great detail and precision in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of night flights, real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather in a dynamic and living world. Create your flight plan to any part of the planet. The world is at your fingertips.
If you want to know more about The Game Awards, take a look at our announcement of The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience, Dying Light 2 and the revelation of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2.