The Game Awards 2021: All The Game Reveals, News, & Winners

The Game Awards 2021 just concluded, and it was probably the biggest iteration of the annual event yet. The show featured tons of surprises in the form of new game announcements, trailers, reveals, and a slew of guest appearances.

Geoff Keighley Speaks Out On Games Industry Harassment

Good try, given that later on the show debuted a Quantic Dream-developed Star Wars game. That’s a company with some harassment issues.

Tunic

Explore a land filled with lost legends, ancient powers, and ferocious monsters in Tunic, an isometric action game about a small fox on a big adventure. Stranded on a mysterious beach, armed with only your own curiosity, you will confront colossal beasts, collect strange and powerful items, and unravel long-lost secrets.

Tunic comes out on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on 16 March 2022.

The King Of Fighters XV

Krohnen is the latest character reveal for The King Of Fighters XV.

A second open beta test is also coming soon, which will support cross-generation play, as well as the following characters:

  • Krohnen
  • Isla
  • Meitenkun
  • Antonov
  • K’
  • Blue Mary
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Terry Bogard

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Gun Interactive, creators of Friday the 13th: The Game, and Sumo Nottingham, have announced The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, an authentic gaming experience based on the groundbreaking 1974 film.

Platforms and a release date were not announced.

Homeworld 3

Homeworld 3 is a real-time strategy game coming to PC in Q4 2022.

Tactical, beautiful, and wholly unique, the GOTY-winning sci-fi RTS returns with Homeworld 3. Assume control of Fleet Command and battle through fleet combat in dazzling, fully 3D space while the story unfolds on a galactic scale.

The Expanse A Telltale Series

The Expanse A Telltale Series is set before the start of the TV series. Taking the reins as Camina Drummer, players will lead a scavenging crew on the spaceship Artemis, as they rove through the corners of The Belt. Players will face mutiny and conflicting personalities, aboard The Artemis, in this narrative-driven interactive game.

No release date or platforms beyond PC for The Expanse A Telltale Series have been announced.

Babylon’s Fall

Babylon’s Fall will launch for PS5, PS4, and PC via Steam on 3 March 2022, publisher Square Enix and developer PlatinumGames announced.

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

Chilling new monsters and mysterious characters beckon you to a land of perilous adventure: Elgado!

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak launches for the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2022.

Thirsty Suitors

Thirsty Suitors is a stylish, story-driven adventure that unfolds through turn-based battles, skateboarding, and cooking. Help Jala confront her mistakes, make up with her exes, reconcile cultural differences, and become the person she was meant to be.

Developed by OUTERLOOP GAMES and published by Annapurna Interactive.

Evil West

Get a thunder-packed uppercut of adrenaline in today’s trailer with fast-paced and visceral third-person combat. Paint your lightning-fueled gauntlet with monster blood using brutal combos as you blast your way through various weird west locations. Face hulking abominations, screeching monstrosities, and ancient vampires and ram them all back to hell one piece at a time in spectacular boss fights and encounters.

Evil West releases in 2022 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.

Have A Nice Death

Have a Nice Death is a hand-drawn 2D Action Rogue-Lite where you play as Death, Founder and CEO of Death Incorporated, a sprawling corporate empire that processes souls for the afterlife—who currently finds himself teetering on the edge of burnout.

Planet Of Lana: An Off-Planet Odyssey

A young girl and her loyal friend embark on a rescue mission through a colourful world full of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Planet of Lana is a puzzle adventure game framed by an epic sci-fi saga that stretches across centuries and galaxies. Features music from Takeshi Furukawa, who did the score for The Last Guardian and other Fumito Ueda titles.

It’s coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC in 2022.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Atlus will release Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on 17 March 2022 worldwide, the company announced.

Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2

Debuted at The Game Awards 2021, check out the Senua’s Saga Hellblade II gameplay reveal. It’s coming exclusively to Xbox and Windows PC from Ninja Theory. Captured in-game by the development team.

Star Wars Eclipse

Star Wars Eclipse is the newest adventure in the High Republic era, now early in development by Quantic Dream. Star Wars Eclipse is an intricately branching action-adventure game that can be experienced in many ways and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands, created in collaboration between Quantic Dream and Lucasfilm Games.

Platforms and a release date were not announced.

Wonder Woman

Publisher Warner Bros. Games and developer Monolith Productions have announced Wonder Woman. Platforms and a release date were not announced.

In development by Monolith Productions, creators of the critically acclaimed Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor and sequel Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War, the single-player open-world action game will introduce an original story set in the DC Universe and allow players to become Diana of Themyscira in the fight to unite her Amazon family and the humans from the modern world.

Powered by the Nemesis System, gamers will forge deep connections with both enemies and allies as they progress from a heroic fighter into a proven leader.

Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2, the long-awaited sequel to Remedy Entertainment’s award-winning 2021 psychological thriller will be available in 2023 on PC via the Epic Games Store, PS5 & Xbox Series X|S.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

The world’s favourite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in Sonic The Hedgehog 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilisations.

Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

It stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.

It premieres on 8 April 2022.

Horizon Forbidden West

Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Guerrilla Games have released a new trailer for Horizon Forbidden West dubbed “New Threats.”

It’s coming to the PS4 and PS5 on 18 February 2022.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade finally comes to PC via the Epic Games Store on 16 December 2021.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen

Having returned from an encounter with Savathûn, the Witch Queen, a troubled Guardian provides a debriefing for Ikora Rey and Eris Morn. Their findings are concerning to say the least. Was this an illusion or the terrifying truth?

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen launches on 22 February 2022.

Slitterhead

Bokeh Game Studio, the studio founded by Silent Hill, Siren, and Gravity Rush creator Keiichiro Toyama, has announced horror game Slitterhead, which features music by Akira Yamaoka. Platforms and a release date were not announced.

Nightingale

Nightingale is a new shared-world survival crafting and building game coming to PC Early Access in 2022.

Explore, discover and survive in an interconnected web of beautiful, mystical, and dangerous realms.

Immerse yourself in a new Victorian gaslamp fantasy universe, where you’ll build estates and homesteads, band together with other survivors, and fight nightmarish creatures as you search for a way home.

Announced at the 2021 Game Awards, Nightingale is being developed by Inflexion Games in Edmonton Canada.

The Lord Of The Rings Gollum The Untold Story

The Lord Of The Rings Gollum is a story-driven action-adventure coming to Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2022.

Take on a perilous journey as Gollum, chasing the only thing that is precious to him. From his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood, climb, leap, and sneak your way past dangers.

Skilful and sly, Gollum is also torn by his split personality. It is up to you to decide whether the darker side of Gollum takes over or if there is a spark of reason left in what once was Sméagol.

Somerville

Somerville, a brand new sci-fi adventure game from the co-creator of Limbo and Inside, debuted a new trailer at The Game Awards 2021.

It is due to launch on Xbox platforms and PC sometime in 2022

Cuphead In The Delicious Last Course

Another helping of classic Cuphead action awaits you in Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course! Brothers Cuphead and Mugman are joined by the clever, adventurous Ms. Chalice for a rollicking adventure on a previously undiscovered Inkwell Isle! With the aid of new weapons, magical charms, and Ms. Chalice’s unique abilities, players will take on a new cast of fearsome, larger than life bosses to assist the jolly Chef Saltbaker in Cuphead’s final challenging quest!

For all those with an appetite for adventure, be ready to set sail for D.L.C. Isle when The Delicious Last Course launches on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam, and GOG on 30 June 2022.

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam in holiday 2022, Sega announced.

Warhammer Vermintide 2 Warrior Priest

The Warrior Priest of Sigmar is a new career for Victor Saltzpyre. This DLC contains the new playable career complete with a new talent tree, new weapon types, new abilities, a new Warrior Priest of Sigmar skin, and more.

It is now available on PC and Xbox. It comes to PS4 later in January 2022.

Tchia

Tchia is a Tropical Open-World adventure. Climb, glide, swim, and sail your boat around a beautiful archipelago in this physics-driven sandbox. Use Tchia’s Soul Jumping ability to take control of any animal or object you can find, and Jam on your fully playable Ukulele. A game inspired by New Caledonia.

It’s coming to PS4, PS5 and Epic Games Store sometime in spring 2022.

Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League

Publisher Warner Bros. Games and developer Rocksteady Studios have released a new gameplay trailer for third-person shooter action adventure game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League dubbed “Flash and Burn.”

It’s coming to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC sometime in 2022.

Forspoken

Forspoken will launch for PS5 and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store on 24 May 2022, publisher Square Enix and developer Luminous Productions announced.

Mysteriously transported from New York City, Frey Holland finds herself trapped in the ancient land of Athia.

Frey soon learns this beautiful land once flourished under the reign of benevolent matriarchs, called Tantas, until a devastating blight relentlessly corrupted everything it touched. The Break transformed animals into beasts, men into monsters, and rich landscapes into four dangerous realms. At the center of their shattered domains, the Tantas now rule as maddened and evil sorceresses.

Unaffected by the Break and desperate for answers, Frey reluctantly agrees to help the last remaining citizens of Athia who see her as their only hope. Frey’s journey through this strange and treacherous land will take her deep into the heart of corruption where she must battle monstrous creatures, confront the powerful Tantas, and uncover secrets that awaken something much more from within.

Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine 2

The legendary franchise returns for a spectacular, action-packed experience, bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to life like never before on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

It’s a new third-person action title from the cult-classic Space Marine franchise which recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the original game. Unveiled at this year’s Game Awards, the world premiere reveal trailer of Space Marine 2 heralds the next instalment for Captain Titus and mankind’s ultimate protectors, complete with a glimpse of brutal gameplay action. Heed the call of battle. For there is only war.

Saints Row

Publisher Deep Silver and developer Volition debuted a new trailer for the Saints Row at The Game Awards 2021.

Saints Row is due out for PS5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store on 23 August 2022.

 

Dune Spice Wars

Control the spice, control the universe. Vie for total domination of the spice in Dune: Spice Wars, an upcoming 4X RTS game set in the DUNE universe. What House will you lead to victory? Coming to early access 2022.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

We know how the game’s going to be (it’s basically more Borderlands), but what about the story? Well, we have Will Arnett voicing the main antagonist, the Dragon Lord. Both Will and Tiny Tina VO Ashly Burch do a bit of comedy before introducing the wacky story of Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is due out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on 25 March 2022.

Among Us VR

Your favourite party game of betrayal and teamwork is coming to VR!

 

Steelrising

Publisher Nacon and developer Spiders have released a new trailer for action RPG Steelrising dubbed “The Angel of Death.”

Metal Hellsinger

Set out on an infernal journey in order to achieve the purest of goals: Vengeance in Metal Hellsinger, an upcoming rhythm FPS game. Featuring some of your favourite metal artists including James Dorton, Matt Heafy, and now Randy Blythe from Lamb of God.

Coming 2022 for PC, Xbox Series X/S and PS5.

Star Trek Resurgence

Dramatic Labs, an independent game developer comprised of former Telltale Games developers, has announced Star Trek Resurgence, a third-person choice-driven adventure game. It will launch in spring 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store.

Rumbleverse

Visit Grapital City, where you can brawl anywhere and be anyone. Enter a 40-person melee as you lay the smack down to be declared Champion in this Brawler-Royale.

Developed by Iron Galaxy, published by Epic Games Publishing.

A Plague Tale Requiem

Asobo Studio and Focus Entertainment are thrilled to reveal the first gameplay of A Plague Tale Requiem, sequel to critically acclaimed and award-winning A Plague Tale Innocence, in a new gripping trailer that premiered during The Game Awards 2021.

In this new trailer, as Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Requiem” sets the tone, witness the first glimpses of Amicia and Hugo’s epic adventure in a brutal, breathtaking world twisted by supernatural forces. After escaping their devastated homeland, Amicia and Hugo journey far south to new regions and vibrant cities.

Embark on a heart-rending journey in A Plague Tale: Requiem, set to release in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2022.

Dying Light 2 Staying Human

Among all the challenges people face in The City, staying human is by far the greatest one of all. Unimaginable choices must be made as everyone’s fighting to write their own story.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is due out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on 4 February 2022.

CrossfireX

CrossfireX delivers an intense FPS experience spanning multiple thrilling gameplay modes and a cinematic campaign.

It’s coming to Xbox on 10 February 2022.

Vampire The Masquerade Bloodhunt

As announced at The Game Awards show, we will be launching Bloodhunt in Spring 2022 for PS5 and PC.

Join the Bloodhunt and become the ultimate vampire! Bloodhunt is a free battle royale game set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe. A treacherous betrayal has stirred a war amongst the vampires, who are also being targeted for annihilation by a secret society known as the Entity. Use your supernatural powers, weapons and wit in this thrilling battle royale game to dominate the night and restore the order.

Developed and published by Sharkmob from Malmö, Sweden.

GTFO

GTFO Version 1.0 is now available on Steam. GTFO is a hardcore co-op FPS horror with high-intensity combat, tension-filled stealth, and team-based puzzle-solving for up to 4 players. In GTFO, you need to work together in order not to die together.

Halo TV Series

Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.

Halo the series will be streaming in 2022, exclusively on Paramount+.

The series stars Pablo Schreiber (Master Chief, John-117), Natascha McElhone (Dr. Halsey), Jen Taylor (Cortana), Bokeem Woodbine (Soren-066) and more.

Check out the first trailer for the Halo TV series.

Elden Ring

Check out the new Elden Ring trailer.

Elden Ring is due out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on 25 February 25 2022.

Arc Raiders

Free-to-play cooperative action shooter ARC Raiders will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC via Steam in 2022, developer Embark Studios announced.

The Matrix Awakens An Unreal Engine Experience

Prepare for a wild ride into the reality-bending universe of ‘The Matrix’, featuring performances by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Created by members of the original movie team including Lana Wachowski, the demo morphs from breathtakingly realistic cinematic to fast-paced third-person shooter experience, complete with an action-packed car chase sequence, and also provides a rich, vastly detailed open world to explore.

You can download and play the demo now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.


The Game Awards Winners 2021

Here are the winners of The Game Awards 2021 (they’re highlighted in bold):

Game of the Year

Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight / Electronic Arts)
  • Metroid Dread (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine Productions / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

Best Game Direction

Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight / Electronic Arts)
  • Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine Productions / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight / Electronic Arts)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine Games / Square Enix)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine Productions / Xbox Game Studios)

Best Art Direction

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine Productions / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Score and Music

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.

  • The Artful Escape (Johnny Galvatron, Josh Abrahams, composers)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Marcin Przybylowicz, Piotr T. Adamczyk, composers)
  • Deathloop (Tom Salta, composer)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Richard Jacques, composer)
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (Keiichi Okabe, composer)

Best Audio Design

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
  • Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Performance

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Erika Mori as Alex Chen (Life is Strange: True Colors)
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo (Far Cry 6)
  • Jason Kelley as Colt Vahn (Deathloop)
  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu (Resident Evil Village)
  • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake (Deathloop)

Games for Impact

For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.

  • Before Your Eyes (GoodbyeWorld Games / Skybound Games)
  • Boyfriend Dungeon (Kitfox Games)
  • Chicory (Greg Lobanow, Alexis dean-Jones, Lena Raine, Madeline Berger, A Shell in the Pit/Finji)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine Games / Sqiare Enix)
  • No Longer Home (Humble Grove, Hana Lee, Cel Davison, Adrienne Lombardo, Eli Rainsberry/Fellow Traveler)

Best Ongoing

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn / Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward / Raven Software / Activision)
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)

Best Indie

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • 12 Minutes (Luis Antonio / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Death’s Door (Acid Nerve / Devolver Digital)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games / Devolver Digital)
  • Loop Hero (Four Quarters / Devolver Digital)

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Fantasian (Mistwalker)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)
  • MARVEL Future Revolution (Netmarble)
  • Pokemon Unite (TiMi Studios / The Pokemon Company)

Best Community Support

Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates / patches.

  • Apex Legends (Respawn / Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Innovation in Accessibility

Recognizing software and / or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

  • Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Creative Bytes Studios/Falling Squirrel)

Best Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

  • Hitman III (IO Interactive)
  • I Expect You To Die 2 (Schell Games)
  • Lone Echo II (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Armature Studio / Capcom/ Oculus Studios)
  • Sniper Elite VR (Coatsink / Just Add Water / Rebellion Developments)

Best Action Game

For the best game in the action genre focused primarily on combat.

  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock / WB Games)
  • Chivalry II (Torn Banner Studios / Tripwire Interactive)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)
  • Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Action / Adventure

For the best action / adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix)
  • Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam / Nintendo)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine Productions / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

Best Role-Playing

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt RED)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  • Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco)
  • Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlus / Sega)
  • Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Fighting

For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (CyberConnect2 / Sega)
  • Guilty Gear: Strive (Arc System Works)
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina (French-Bread / DELiGHTWORKS)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Ludosity / Fair Play Labs / GameMill)
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown (Sega)

Best Family

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

  • It Takes Two (Hazelight / Electronic Arts)
  • Mario Party Superstars (NDcube / Nintendo)
  • New Pokemon Snap (Bandai Namco Studios / The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo)
  • WarioWare: Get It Together! (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

Best Simulation / Strategy

Best game focused on real time or turn-based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

  • Age of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination (Rebellion Developments)
  • Humankind (Amplitude Studios / Sega)
  • Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games / Devolver Digital)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios)

Best Sports / Racing

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

  • F1 2021 (Codemasters / EA Sports)
  • FIFA 22 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (Milestone)
  • Riders Republic (Ubisoft Annecy / Ubisoft)

Best Multiplayer

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.

  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock / WB Games)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight / Electronic Arts)
  • Knockout City (Velan Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  • New World (Amazon Games)
  • Valheim (Iron Gate Studio / Coffee Stain Publishing)

Content Creator of the Year

For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2021.

  • Dream
  • Fuslie
  • Gaules
  • Ibai
  • TheGrefg

Best Debut Indie

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Sable (Shedworks / Raw Fury)
  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur / Annapurna Interactive)
  • The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller / Dear Villagers)
  • Valheim (Iron Gate / Coffee Stain Publishing)

Most Anticipated

Recognizing an announced game that has demonstrably illustrated potential to push the gaming medium forward.

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarok (Sony Santa Monica / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

Best eSports Game

For the game that has delivered the best overall esports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Call of Duty (Activision)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Valorant (Riot Games)

Best eSports Athlete

The eSports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021, irrespective of game.

  • Chris “Simp” Lehr
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Tyson “TenZ” Ngo

Best eSports Team

Recognizing a specific eSports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Atlanta FaZe (Call of Duty)
  • DWG KIA (League of Legends)
  • Natus Vincere (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Sentinels (Valorant)
  • Team Spirit (Dota 2)

Best eSports Coach

The eSports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

  • Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Andrey “ENGH” Sholokhov
  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi
  • James “Crowder” Crowder
  • Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun

Best eSports Event

Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.

  • 2021 League of Legends World Championship
  • PGL Major Stockholm 2021
  • PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
  • The International 2021
  • Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters

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