Let’s Take A Look At Everything Revealed At The Game Awards

by Sage Ashford

For those who missed it, Thursday night was all about The Game Awards, an annual awards program which has turned into Geoff Keighley’s baby, and only improves every year. This year, Keighley put on a three hour behemoth of a show, with plenty of game reveals and performances to break up the awards. As expected, Red Dead ran away with most of the awards it was nominated for, though Game of the Year went to Sony’s God of War 4. But while the show is ostensibly about the awards, everyone comes to see the new games, and this year had quite a few, so let’s run them down.

Sayonara Wild Hearts: From Annapurna Interactive and Swedish studio Simogo comes Sayonara Wild Hearts. Described as a pop album video game, it’s supposed to be about “being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph.” Stylized, slick, and very beautiful, Sayonara Wild Hearts is coming to the Nintendo Switch but also “other platforms”, its scheduled for a release in 2019.

Journey to the Savage Planet: From 505 Games and Typhoon Studios. Journey to the Savage Planet is a first person adventure game where players explore an alien planet as a member of Kindred Aerospace to determine whether or not the planet is fit for colonization by humans. We don’t see much here, but with Savage Planet scheduled for 2019, it shouldn’t be long before they reveal more. 505 says the game will release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe: “From the liars who brought you the award winning indie game The Stanley Parable comes The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, an expansion to the original game with more content, more endings, more whimsical adventures of the two best friends Stanley and The Narrator. Coming to PC and consoles in 2019.” (Stanley Parable)

Among Trees: Developed by FJRD Interactive, Among Trees is a first-person survival adventure set in a sandbox world. In this game, you’ll protect and expand your cabin, explore the forest, and try to stay alive while fighting both animals and the elements.  Among Trees enters Steam Early Access in 2019.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order: One of the major surprises of the show, Nintendo announced a partnership with Marvel and brought us one of their newest exclusives, developed by the legendary Team Ninja.  The Black Order will see people across the universe battle to stop Thanos from collecting the Infinity Stones. While the original Ultimate Alliance was played in isometric perspective, this version offers an over-the-shoulder third person view, as players travel across the entire universe to stop Thanos from achieving his goals. True to the original Ultimate Alliance, couch co-op remains, but you can also now play online with your friends. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3 is due in 2019.

Far Cry: New Dawn: Set seventeen years after a nuclear war, players return to Far Cry 5’s Hope County in the hopes of protecting a budding civilization from the dangers of the Highwaymen, a band of raiders led by the Twins, Mickey and Lou.  You’ll protect the new settlement of the survivors, helping it expand while traveling across the country to fight back against the Highwaymen.  Ubisoft’s spin-off is scheduled to release this coming February 15th, 2019, and will sell for $39.99.  View more footage here.

Hades:Defy the god of death as you hack and slash your way out of the Underworld in this rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor.” Hades is currently in Early Access and available on the Epic Games Store. (Hades

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey: “Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the next generation in this exhilarating new adventure from the creator of Assassin’s Creed.
Embark on the most incredible odyssey known to humankind: human evolution. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, begin your journey, “Before Us,” in Neogene period Africa. Explore a beautiful yet ruthless world, from swinging through tree branches in the jungle to stalking prey across the golden savannah grasslands. Decide what attributes to learn and hone in order to pass down knowledge to future generations, from crafting tools to enhancing evasive tactics against predators. Just like real life, make sure to eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive and have the energy to face any danger that may come your way.” (Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey)
Due out in 2019, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Scavengers: Coming out of Midwinter Entertainment is Scavengers.  From their website: “SCAVENGERS brings the excitement and unpredictability of class-based teambuilding to its unique blend of competitive and cooperative survival gameplay. Every round is a perfect puzzle for you and your team to unlock together.”

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled: Coming from Activision and developer Beenox is a ground-up remake of the beloved Crash Team Racing, reinvented as Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled.  The game has been lovingly restored, and we’ll follow Crash and his friends while they race against Nitros Oxide and against one another both online as well as offline. The game will release on Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 this June 21st, for $39.99.

The Outer Worlds: Obsidian’s had a major game in development courtesy of Take-Two’s new Private Division sub-division for the better part of two years now, and it seems like they’re finally able to talk about it. The Outer Worlds is developed by the creators of the original Fallout, and is a first-person sci-fi RPG. The game describes you as “lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.” (Outer Worlds)  Scheduled to release in 2019, Obsidian and Take-Two have already worked alongside Game Informer to bring an additional eight minutes of gameplay to us.

Anthem: Not a “new” announcement, however Bioware was there to give us a first glimpse at Anthem’s story with their latest trailer. Anthem will release February 22nd, 2019, and has an open beta coming February 1st. (Also a closed beta December 8th and 9th.)

Dragon Age 4: Bioware promised an update on the Dragon Age franchise, but didn’t tell us where we should look. Well, it turns out we were meant to look at the Game Awards (shock), for a tease of the newest entry in the fantasy RPG saga. Teasing a focus on the villain revealed at the end of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Trespasser DLC, Dragon Age 4 is supposedly years away, but it’s nice to know it’s in development.

Dauntless: After spending the majority of this year on PC, Phoenix Labs’ action RPG Dauntless is finally coming to consoles. Aiming for an April 2019 release for the Xbox One and Playstation 4, the game will also pop up on the Nintendo Switch (and smartphones!) sometime later on in 2019.

The Last Campfire: Featuring one of the most beautiful soundtracks of the night, Hello Games introduced its latest game: The Last Campfire.  An adventure game scheduled for 2019, this seems to be a much smaller scale than No Man’s Sky, instead described on its Steam page as the story of “a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home.”

Atlas: Atlas is a first/third-person MMO where you get to play as a pirate. With over 40,000 players sailing across the world at once, players will get to explore, loot, and level their way through a world of sea monsters and dragons alike.  Launching on Steam on December 13th, the game will receive a preview for Xbox players sometime during the start of 2019.  (Atlas)

The Pathless: From Abzu developer Giant Squiad comes The Pathless, a game set for 2019 release on Epic Games Store and PS4. “Become the Hunter, a master of archery who travels to a mystical island to dispel a curse of darkness that grips the world. Forge a connection with your eagle companion as you hunt corrupted spirits, but be careful not to become the hunted yourself. Explore misty forests full of secrets, solve puzzles in ancient ruins, and test your skill in epic battles. The bond with your eagle and the fate of the world hang in the balance.” (The Pathless)

Devil May Cry 5: The Game Awards came with another trailer for Capcom’s new Devil May Cry title. The trailer features a look at some of the game’s story, the characters in the world including new character V who summons demons, and the return of Bloody Palace, DMC’s version of horde mode. The game launches March 8th, with a demo coming to Xbox December 7th.

Mortal Kombat 11: Easily the biggest bombshell announcement of the show was NetherRealm Studios’ latest fighting game, Mortal Kombat 11. These titles have released every two or so years like clockwork, and it’s about time for MK to take the stage again. Though this was largely just a cinematic trailer, gameplay is due at Mortal Kombat: The Reveal on January 17th.  And either way we don’t have long to wait, with the actual title releasing April 23rd, 2019.

Psychonauts 2: Psychonauts 2 was announced three years ago during the 2015 Game Awards, but aside from informing it’s Fig backers has been largely silent until now.  The game follows Raz, a young boy with strong psychic powers after he joins the super-spy organization of his dreams.  Unfortunately, Raz is forced to investigate to figure out what’s wrong with the Psychonauts and why they’ve changed so much.

Stranger Things 3: The Game: BonusXP has developed a Stranger Things 3 video game with the help of Netflix, and will be released on all platforms.

RAGE 2: Bethesda managed to sneak another RAGE trailer into the Game Awards.  Somehow the apocalypse has gotten a lot more…pink.  Scheduled for a release on May 14th, the title will come out on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

Super Smash Bros DLC: Capping off the show was easily the most unexpected reveal of all. The first character from Smash Bros. Ultimate’s “Challenger Packs”? Joker, from Atlus’ Persona 5.  Joker, like all characters, will cost $5.99, though a complete DLC pack will cost $24.99 and feature all five extra characters.
This was quite the show, and the weekend isn’t even finished.  Greg Miller and the folks over at Kinda Funny are doing the Kinda Funny Showcase this weekend, featuring a look at over sixty new games.  Streaming on their Twitch channel, the Games Showcase will begin December 8th, at 10:00AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern.

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