Every major announcement from The Game Awards 2021

The Game Awards has become a rather interesting platform for major gaming announcements over the past few years. Thankfully for fans, 2021’s iteration brought the goods. Before we proceed, we would just like to take a second to congratulate It Takes Two for winning the coveted Game of the Year Award, along with all award-winners and nominees in their respective categories. Onto the announcements.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

This may have already been revealed some time ago, but boy if this wasn’t the best look we’ve had so far. We follow Senua as she leads her army into the cave of giant. What follows is a chaotic battle bathed in fire as Senua and her troops attempt to retreat. By the way, this was also touted as in-engine gameplay. Consider us hyped.

Star Wars: Eclipse

A story-driven game set in the Star Wars universe? Count us in. While we don’t know much about the details of Star Wars: Eclipse, we’re relatively certain we can expect a multiple choice based run through the scope of numerous playable characters. Either way, this trailer gave us a look at some gorgeous visuals and intriguing character designs. Check it out for yourself.

Wonder Woman

Developer Monolith are no stranger to the occasional superhero outing. It is with this trailer that Wonder Woman gets the AAA video game treatment. Sure, it’s only a detailed look at Wonder Woman’s charter model, but we couldn’t be happier to finally swing that Lasso of Truth about the place.

Alan Wake II

As a die hard Twin Peaks fan, the original Alan Wake ticked more than a few boxes for my ideal game. A remote location, supernatural elements and an intriguing mystery all combined for one of the most underrated games of the last decade. Developer Remedy Entertainment is set to return to this unique world with Alan Wake II, instead focusing on a psychological horror experience that is sure to scare the pants of us, if this trailer is anything to go by.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

In the nicest way possible, we’re surprised this didn’t already exist. And the we realised this is coming to us from developer Gun, the team behind the Friday The 13th game. However, we can’t deny that an asymmetrical multiplayer experience set within the Texas Chainsaw Massacre universe looks like a love letter to fans and a recipe for theoretical success. Not to mention a terrifying one.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

After a relatively successful live-action reinvention, Sonic is back once again. This time with fan favourite Tails, they’ll take on the evil Dr. Robotnik. Thankfully, Jim Carrey will be returning for the villainous role, a true highlight of the first film.

Crossfire X

Also from Remedy, this military focused first person shooter is anything but boring, and will launch its single-player campaign alongside its multiplayer component 10 February, 2022.

Suicide Squad

This fresh gameplay trailer highlighted the insane nature of the titular anti-hero gang. Be it swinging about the environment as Harley Quinn, lighting up your enemies as Deadshot or receiving the returning blow of Captain Boomerang, there’s seemingly something for everyone.

Forspoken

This original experience from Square Enix deserves all the hype and then some. Thankfully, it’s on its way to PlayStation 5 owners in May, 2022.

Dune: Spice Wars

A strategy game inspired by Civilisation? Yes please. Hot off the heels of the newly released movie, there’s no better time to return to the Dune franchise.

Warhammer: Space Marine 2

The first Space Marine game gave players a dive into one of the most popular RPG universes, filled with gore, action and mayhem. That vibe has returned in spades; and we couldn’t be more excited.

Star Trek Resurgence

Set shortly after Star Trek: The Next Generation, we can only hope that this attempt is better than the last third-person Star Trek game; a movie tie-in that we shall no longer speak of.

Among Us VR

Imposters can now wreak havoc on all major VR platforms. Just make sure to clear your surroundings before you punch the TV or the wall in out of fright or anger.

Sonic Frontiers

Yes, we remember the last open world Sonic game. No, we won’t speak of it here. Thankfully, Sonic Frontiers definitely seems like a leap forward for the franchise.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Not quite an announcement, but most definitely a deeper look at the sequel to one of the most underrated games of last generation. Count us in.

Homeworld 3

Our first look at gameplay was polished, grand and something we’re sure fans of the series can’t wait to sink their teeth into.

The Expanse

Based on the popular Netflix show, The Expanse sets out with developer Telltale at the helm.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

More action, more monsters. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the upcoming DLC for Monster Hunter Rise. 

Babylon’s Fall

This fast-paced action title shows a great deal with little context, but we’ll be damned if we’re not interested.

Evil West

Chaotic, stylish and colourful. The west has never looked so cool.

Thirsty Suitors

A family drama based around the dynamics of past relationships and rocky truces, these Thirsty Suitors may just spell trouble.

Planet of Lana

This gorgeous space odyssey sees you controlling a spider-robot as you escape the nasty inhabitants of a desert planet.

Slitterhead

Gruesome and visceral, we don’t really know what to make of Slitterhead.  But we’re definitely willing to give it a red hot crack.

Nightingale

A survival game centred around a shared open world definitely has us intrigued, even if the premise deserves a little bit of a deeper dive in terms of gameplay.

Have a Nice Death

This charming little side-scrolling platformer is more than likely harder than it looks, thanks to its rogue-like nature.

Gollum

Yet another gameplay trailer for Gollum dives deeper into both the gameplay mechanics and fractured psyche of the titular character.

Somerville

From Playdead, the team behind Limbo and Inside, we have complete faith that this will prove yet another minimalistic yet heart-wrenching story driven experience.

Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax

A revival for one of the older games in the franchise, this tournament fighter brings together characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4. 

Horizon Forbidden West

Another gameplay trailer for Horizon Forbidden West only adds to the hype, highlighting a bunch of new environments and enemies.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Destiny 2 continues the narrative with The Witch Queen, which is sure to bring a number of fans back into the fold.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

If you weren’t done being tortured by Cuphead’s brutal, yet charming nature, The Delicious Last Course has you covered as the gang heads to DLC Island.

Tchia

It might look very much like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but we’re betting that thanks to a gorgeous art style and light hearted tone, Tchia will stand out on its own merits.

Halo TV Series

Launching on Paramount+ next year, this big-budget take on the iconic Halo series is finally up and running.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Highlighting the whacky story and premise, fans of the Borderlands series should feel right at home.

GTFO

A cooperative action experience set in Hell? I would say sign us up, but tentatively so. On the bright side, it’s available to play on PC right now.

Elden Ring

A deeper look at the story and lore for Elden Ring might be just what the doctor order after an action heavy hands-on.

Arc Raiders

This unique and admittedly gorgeous third-person shooter seems incredibly chaotic yet so intriguing at the same time.

We don’t blame you for being out of breath. It’s admittedly one of the larger events of the year for such reveals and we couldn’t be happier. Bring on the next wave of releases.

Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.

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