The Game Awards  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | The Game Awards  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Game Awards 2019 Announcements and Reveals Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:13:24 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Game Awards are about two things: giving out awards to the best games and the incredible people who make them happen and showing off trailers for new games or updates. Oh, and advertisements — it's about those, too.

But in between the large volume of ads during The Game Awards 2019, we did get to see a lot of announcements for upcoming games and some pretty compelling updates for already announced ones. There was also Microsoft's big reveal of the Xbox Scarlett, now officially called Xbox One Series X.

Here's a rundown of the biggest reveals  from The Game Awards 2019. If you're looking for all The Game Awards 2019 winners, mosey yourself over here.

New Final Fantasy VII Remake Trailer

No, this isn't technically a new announcement, but it's been long enough since we got new FFVII Rremake footage it's worth talking about.

The "Who is Cloud Strife?" trailer was the first thing shown off during The Game Awards and gives a tantalizing glimpse at the game's narrative segments. More importantly, it confirms Barrett's environment speech to Cloud is still in tact.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

The Xbox One Series X already received its first official game announcement as well with Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.

It's an atmospheric followup to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice that looks pretty darn amazing, if we're being honest.


Not to be outdone, Sony and Gearbox announced a brand-new title for the PlayStation 5: Godfall.

Since this is Gearbox, it's no surprise Godfall is described as a looter-slasher title, though we didn't get to see much of it. It's intended as a launch title as well, set for a Holiday 2020 release date, just like the PlayStation 5 itself.

Bravely Default II

All those teases from Square Enix and Team Asano over the past few years culminated in last night's reveal of Bravely Default II.

Billed as a sequel in the Bravely universe — not a direct follow-up to Tiz's story, hence the name — Bravely Default II features music from the original game's Revo and looks to sport the same gorgeous art style as its predecessors. Expect it sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch.

Prologue: A Playerunkown Story

It's been a while since Brendan Greene, creator of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) said he was ready to move on to a new project. Now, though, we're getting a first glimpse at what this project is — sort of.

It's called Prologue, and it apparently takes place at least partly in the woods.

Weird West

The makers of Dishonored and Prey are working on a new title called Weird West.

It's an Action RPG featuring a Western theme combined with all manner of supernatural nasties, explosions, gunfights, wrapped up in a narrative determine by your choices for each protagonist.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story

The developers behind Battlechasers and Darksiders are working on a turn-based RPG set in the League of Legends universe.

The game is centered around the Ruined King, obviously, and lets players explore well-known LoL locations like Bilgewater. There's some new innovation on turn-based combat as well, but we'll have to wait and see what that's all about.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

Dark Alliance brings the tabletop action of Dungeons & Dragons to life in a 4-player co-op RPG experience. Players will team up to fight monsters from throughout the D&D universe, though that's about all we know right now.


That's it for The Game Awards 2019's big new reveals. We'll likely be learning a lot more about these titles and many others as we move into the new year, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more new game news.

All The Game Awards 2019 Winners Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:39:51 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Game Awards 2019 were held last night at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, where ads were shown, more ads were shown, and a few awards were given out after some brand-new premiers.

If you blinked, you might have missed some of the awards, while others were actually just not given out on screen at all. With that in mind, we've put together a list of all the winners in every category for your skimming pleasure. If you want to see what the other nominees in every category were as well, head over here.

The Video Game Awards Winners — Games

Game of the Year 2019 Winner
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
Best Game Direction 2019 Winner
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
Best Narrative 2019 Winner
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
Best Art Direction 2019 Winner
  • Control (Remedy/505)

Best Score/Music 2019 Winner
  •  Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
Best Audio Design 2019 Winner
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
Best Performance 2019 Winner
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff (Death Stranding)
Games for Impact Winner
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
Best Ongoing Game 2019 Winner
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)

Best Independent Game 2019 Winner
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
Best Mobile Game 2019 Winner
  • Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios/Activision)
Best Community Suppoer 2019 Winner
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Best VR/AR Game Winner
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)

Best Action Game 2019 Winner
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom)
Best Action/Adventure Game 2019 Winner
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
Best RPG 2019 Winner
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
Best Fighting Game 2019 Winner
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
Best Family Game 2019 Winner
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 (Next Level Games/Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game 2019 Winner
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)
Best Sports/Racing Game 2019 Winner
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Beenox/Activision)
Best Multiplayer Game 2019 Winner
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
Fresh Indie Game (Presented by Subway)
  • ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)
Content Creator of the Year 2019
  • Shroud (Michael Grzesiek)

The Video Game Awards Winners — Esports

Best Esports Game 2019 Winner
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
Best Esports Player 2019 Winner
  • Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)
Best Esports Team 2019 Winner
  • G2 Esports (League of Legends)
Best Esports Event 2019 Winner
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019

Best Esports Coach 2019 Winner
  • Danny "Zonic" Sørensen (Astralis, CounterStrike: Global Offensive)
Best Esports Host 2019 Winner
  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere

The Game Awards 2019 Winners — Player's Voice

The Game Awards creator and host Geoff Keighley introduced a brand-new category this year called Player's Voice. This was essentially the popular vote for Game of the Year, and the winner by a wide margin was:

  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)


That's it for our Game Awards 2019 wrap up. How do you feel about this year's winners? Sound off in the comments below.

The Games Festival Brings The Game Awards to Your Steam Account Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:58:45 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Game Awards 2019 is set to be the usual grand affair of big winners and even bigger game reveals. But there's even more in store for this year's event. Show founder and host Geoff Keighley lifted the lid on a new endeavor launching with this year's show called The Games Festival.

"Let’s face it: Not everyone can attend a physical trade show or consumer event," Keighley said. "Now feels like the right time to take the next step with The Game Festival, a completely digital approach to the consumer event space."

With that in mind, The Games Festival is bringing playable first-look demos of more than 12 notable titles to anyone with a Steam account.

These will be available for 48 hours starting 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST on December 12. After 48 hours, the demos will be removed. The available games include:

  • System Shock (Nightdive Studios)
  • Eastward (Pixpil/Chucklefish)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus)
  • Moving Out (SMG Studio/Devm Games/Team17)
  • Röki (Polygon Treehouse/United Label)
  • Chicory (Greg Lobanov)
  • Wooden Nickel (Brain&Brain)
  • Haven (The Game Bakers)
  • Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive)
  • Acid Knife (Powerhoof)
  • The Drifter (Powerhoof)
  • CARRION (Phobia/Devolver)
  • SkateBIRD (Glass Bottom Games)

We'll be covering The Game Awards' biggest wins, losses, and announcements, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on the Game Awards 2019.

The Game Awards to Unveil 10 Unannounced Games Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:40:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Game Awards are only a week away, and creator and host Geoff Keighley says there will be 10 unannounced titles shown off during the show. Keighley dropped the tidbit during a Reddit AMA a few hours ago.

The news doesn't consider updates on already announced games, which means we might hear more about the already-announced Breath of the Wild 2. Either way, it's sure to be the usual jam-packed, exciting affair.

What these new announcements could be is anyone's guess. Unfortunately, it seems that the recently-leaked Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake won't make an appearance at the show. Regarding the question of if it would appear, Keighly said during the AMA: 

There are no plans (never were) to do anything with Resident Evil 3 at the show. A lot of these "leaks" are completely wrong. Nothing about our show has leaked as of this writing.

The RE3 remake has yet to be officially announced, though we know it's picking its scaly flesh in the darkness somewhere. Reportedly, the remake is set to be announced before The Game Awards, though there has been no official confirmation on that either. 

Given that the Resident Evil 2 Remake is nominated for Game of the Year after scoring universally positive reviews, a reveal at The Game Awards would make sense, but that's mainly propelled by our wishful thinking. 

Per usual, the games in question will all be announced and teased throughout the night, in between handing out awards to the winners of each category.

Whatever gets announced, we'll be covering it here, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Game Awards 2019 news and reveals.

The Game Awards 2019 Categories and Nominees Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:17:53 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The nominees for The Game Awards 2019 were just announced, which means polls are now open — assuming the event's website has recovered from its earlier crash — and voting can now begin.

The Game Awards 2019 itself is set for December 12 at 8:30 p.m. EDT. With that knowledge, there's not much time to wait and see if your favorite game, streamer, or eSports team will be taking home a shiny new trophy to commemorate their awesome superiority.

Here are all of the categories for The Game Awards, as well as their respective nominees.

The Game Awards 2019 Categories and Nominees

Game of the Year
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)
Best Game Direction
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)
Best Narrative
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence (Asobo/Focus Home)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)
Best Art Direction
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)
Best Score/Music
  • Cadence of Hyrule (Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
Best Audio Design
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
Best Performance
  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb (The Outer Worlds)
  • Courtney Hopeas Jesse Faden (Control)
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz (Gears 5)
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff (Death Stranding)
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling (Control)
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges (Death Stranding)
Games for Impact
  • Concrete Genie (Pixelopus/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Kind Words (Popcannibal)
  • Life Is Strange 2 (Dontnod/Square Enix)
  • Sea of Solitude (Jo-Mei Games/EA)
Best Ongoing Game
  • Apex Legends (Respawn)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Best Independent Game
  • Baba Is You (Hempuli)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Katana ZERO (Askiisoft/Devoler)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)
Best Mobile Game
  • Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios/Activision)
  • GRINDSTONE (Capybara Games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sky: Children of Light (Thatgamecompany)
  • What the Golf? (Tribland)
Best Community Support
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Best VR/AR Game
  • Asgard's Wrath (Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)
  • Blood & Truth (SIE London Studio/SIE)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
  • Trover Saves the Universe (Squanch Games)
Best Action Game
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Astral Chain (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Metro Exodus (4A Games/Deep Silver)
Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
Best RPG
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (Capcom)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)
Best Fighting Game
  • Dead or Alive 6 (Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo)
  • Jump Force (Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm/WBIE)
  • Samurai Showdown (SNK/Athlon)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
Best Family Game
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 (Next Level Games/Nintendo)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Yoshi's Crafted World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)
Best Strategy Game
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Triumph Studios/Paradox)
  • Anno 1800 (Blue Byte/Ubisoft)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Tropico 6 (Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)
Best Sports/Racing Game
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Beenox/Activision)
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 (Codemasters)
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PES Productions/Konami)
  • F1 2019 (Codemasters)
  • FIFA 20 (EA Sports)
Best Multiplayer Game
  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Tetris 99 (Arika/Nintendo)
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)
Fresh Indie Game Presented by Subway
  • ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)
  • Nomada Studio (Gris)
  • DeadToast Entertainment (My Friend Pedro)
  • Mobius Digital (Outer Wilds)
  • Mega Crit (Slay the Spire)
  • House House (Untitled Goose Game)
Content Creator of the Year
  • Courage (Jack Dunlop)
  • Dr. Lupo (Benjamin Lupo)
  • Ewok (Soleil Wheeler)
  • Grefg (David Martínez)
  • Shroud (Michael Grzesiek)
Best Esports Game
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
Best Esports Player
  • Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)
  • Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom, League of Legends)
  • Luka "Perkz" Perkovic (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Oleksandr "S1mple" Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CSGO)
  • Jay "Sinatraa" Won (SF Shock, Overwatch)
Best Esports Team
  • Astralis (CounterStrike: Global Offensive)
  • G2 Esports (League of Legends)
  • OG (DOTA2)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch League)
  • Team Liquid (CounterStrike: Global Offensive)
Best Esports Event
  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019
Best Esports Coach
  • Eric "adreN" Hoag (Team Liquid, CounterStrike:Global Offensive)
  • Nu-ri "Cain" Jang (Team Liquid, League of Legends)
  • Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Kim "Kkoma" Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
  • Titouan "Sockshka" Merloz (OG, DOTA2)
  • Danny "Zonic" Sørensen (Astralis, CounterStrike: Global Offensive)
Best Esports Host
  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere
  • Alex "Machine" Richardson
  • Paul "Redeye" Chaloner
  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
  • Duan "Candice" Yu-Shuang

How to Vote for The Game Awards 2019

Fan votes are open for this year's The Game Awards. Normally, you can vote by visiting the official voting page. It's down right now, though The Game Awards on Twitter has a link to a generic Google page that tallies your votes.

You can vote once in each category once per 24 hours.

The Game Awards 2019 will air live on December 12 at 8:30 p.m. EDT. You can see how to watch it here

A December Date Is Set for The Game Awards 2019 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:21:16 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Geoff Keighley, presenter, creator, and producer of The Game Awards, recently announced the air date for this year's award show, which also happens to be its fifth anniversary.

The Game Awards 2019 will take place on December 12 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, though there isn't a time set for it as yet.

The show will stream live on 45 platforms, including Twitch, YouTube, the PlayStation Store, Mixer, and Steam.

Though Keighley was quiet about what this year's show would bring for viewers and attendees — or even who the nominees are — he did say he'll be handing the stage over to a group of "visionary teams" to present their new projects.

Keighley also retweeted a comment by Duncan Jones, director of Rogue Trooper, among other projects, about the agony of waiting to share project announcements. Whether Jones will be part of those visionary teams is, however, still uncertain of course.

In the five years that The Game Awards has been around, it fast became known as much for the actual awards as it did for being where developers would drop surprise announcements or new trailers for highly anticipated games.

For example, one of the 2018 show's bigger surprises was Nintendo introducing Joker from Persona 5 as the first new DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As a side note, that's likely why Keighley spoke in Phantom Thieves lingo when confirming Reggie Fils-Aime would be attending this year's presentation, despite the latter's retirement — not because we should expect a surprise Persona 5 Royal for Switch announcement.

That being said, there's no telling what awesomeness will be revealed this year. We'll just have to wait and see. 

Mortal Kombat 11 Release Date Announced at The Game Awards Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:32:45 -0500 William R. Parks

As promised, last night's Game Awards not only focused on celebrating a year of great games, but it also looked forward to what the future of gaming holds, showcasing a slew of new game trailers and announcements. Amongst these reveals was one that is likely to have stood out to fighting game fans the world over: Mortal Kombat 11 is on its way.

Mortal Kombat 11 is set for release on April 23, 2019, and it is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. This reveal was accompanied by an extravagantly violent trailer featuring Raiden and (apparently) two Scorpions locked in a brutal battle. While the meaning of these multiple manifestations of the undead ninja is open for speculation, there are further concrete details for fans to latch on to.

One such piece of information is that those that pre-order Mortal Kombat 11 will not only get access to Shao Kahn as a playable character, but they will also be invited to the fighter's closed beta. Pre-orders open on December 7, and the beta is scheduled for March, though it is important to note that only PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to participate.

Furthermore, Mortal Kombat 11 will give players "unprecedented control to customize the fighters" with its new Custom Character Variations, and it includes a cinematic story mode. Additionally, it has been confirmed that the fighter utilizes a more powerful graphics engine than its predecessor.

While all of this information is a healthy start to getting fan excitement going, a Community Reveal Event is scheduled for January 17, and many further details are likely to be presented then. This may include elaboration on the "new and returning Klassic Fighters" that are said to comprise the game's roster.

Last weekend, an alleged Mortal Kombat 11 QA tester took to 4chan, leaking many details about the new fighter, including that it would emphasize customization and be revealed at The Game Awards. While these two statements are now proven, it is not a guarantee that the leaks are valid in full.

The Game Awards: BioWare Teases New Dragon Age Game Fri, 07 Dec 2018 01:01:26 -0500 QuintLyn

Anthem wasn't the only game BioWare brought to The Game Awards this year. The developer also teased a "new" game they've been working on -- one that should have long-time fans of the company pretty excited.

That's right, a new Dragon Age game is in the works.

According to reports, the new project has been under way for a while -- although not long enough for the company to offer more than a super-teasy teaser (think Elder Scrolls 6 teasy).

The game's title wasn't in the spot and not much was said about the game. Even the short blog post on the BioWare site doesn't offer much information as to what players can expect from the game.

What the post does do, however, is outline exactly who is working on this project. The staff includes veterans of the Dragon Age games, and those Executive Producer Mark Darrah has worked with over the years -- including developers that worked on Jade Empire and even Baldur's Gate.

Oh yes, and there's a hashtag: #TheDreadWolfRises

The first Dragon Age title released for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac OS. Since then, two mainline games have been released, 2011's Dragon Age 2 and 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition


The Game Awards: Persona 5's Joker Is Coming To Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:58:41 -0500 QuintLyn

During tonight's Game Awards show, Nintendo surprised everyone with a stealth announcement for the first DLC character to come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Keep in mind that at the time of the the DLC announcement, the game still wasn't out yet.

Of course, the big news isn't just that a DLC character has already been announced for the popular brawler, but who that character is -- and what series they're from.

As it turns out, Nintendo is going all-in with this one and adding Joker from Persona 5 to the game's roster.

Players won't just be getting the character when they purchase the DLC, either. The pack -- which will cost $5.99 -- will also include music from Persona and a themed stage. 

Note that all Super Smash Bros. Ultimate packs will cost the same amount, so if you're planning on picking up most of the game's DLC, it might be worth looking into the "Fighters Pass" which costs $24.99. You'll get five packs and it will save you about $5.

No official date has been given on the Persona pack release, but considering it was announced tonight, it seems unlikely that it will take too long before players can purchase it.

The Game Awards: Pre-Show World Premieres Include Switch Rhythm Game Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:50:34 -0500 QuintLyn

Prior to the official kick-off of the annual video game celebration The Game Awards, fans and attendees got first-looks at several new games and a surprise announcement.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

The evening kicked off with the reveal trailer for a new Nintendo Switch Rhythm game from Simogo titled Sayonara Wild Hearts. The trailer gave a brief look at some of the characters but didn't offer any other information about the game other than that it should be available sometime in 2019.

Journey to the Savage Planet

The second early announcement was for a game from a brand new studio. Canadian company Typhoon Studios, along with 505 Games, Epic Games, and the Makers Fund, revealed their sci-fi adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet.

While the devs don't plan to show much in the way of gameplay until next year, they did explicitly state it is not a battle royale or survivial game.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Possibly one of the biggest surprises among the announcements at The Game Awards was from the developer of The Stanley Parable. Five years after the game originally launched on PC, it is now coming to consoles.

It won't be a direct port, however. Instead, it will be an Ultra Deluxe version containing new endings and content along with the base game.

Among Trees

Another unexpected reveal was from self-described micro-studio FJRD Interactive. Their first game, Among Trees, is a survival adventure game slated to come to early access on Steam next year.

Not a lot is known about the gameplay, but the graphics are definitely eye-catching.

For more things Game Awards, head over to our Game Awards hub.

The Game Awards: The Outer Worlds Trailer Out-Fallouts Fallout Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:45:35 -0500 QuintLyn

Tonight, at The Video Game Awards, Obsidian, the developers of Fallout: New Vegas, premiered the trailer for their upcoming sci-fi game, The Outer Worlds -- a single-player, first-person sci-fi RPG.

The trailer starts with the player's character waking up from stasis in an unfamiliar place. It's filled with quirky characters living in a vibrant world (or worlds since we're talking about a galaxy here).

The player will find themselves caught up in a huge conspiracy that threatens the galaxy, and they must deal with various factions fighting for control. The story's still a little hazy, but the game essentially looks like Fallout in space. 

The Outer Worlds is built upon the player choice, with each decision made affecting how the story plays out.

Already, YouTube commenters are looking at this as not only a spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas, but some have declared it the game that will "rescue us" from Fallout 76. Others are noting it's as if Fallout had a baby with Borderlands.

Even without comparing the game to anything else, it looks stunning. I know I can't wait to get my grubby hands on it.

The Outer Worlds does not currently have a release date, but it will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Obsidian was recently acquired by Microsoft. 

The Game Awards: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Announced As Nintendo Switch Exclusive Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:28:20 -0500 QuintLyn

A decade after the last game in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series was released, the next installment has finally been announced.

During tonight's Game Awards ceremony, Marvel Entertainment announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order with a world premiere trailer, which you can see above.

The game boasts a massive cast of Marvel characters, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men -- and it's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

The game's story focuses on Thanos and The Black Order's search for the Infinity Stones. Super heroes and villains must unite to stop them. 

The Black Order can be played online or offline via wireless. It also features a four-player co-op mode on the same console.

It should be noted that those wishing to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order online will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership as well as a Nintendo account.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja, which has developed the Dead or Alive series, Ninja Gaiden, Metroid: Other M, Nioh, and Fire Emblem Warriors

The Game Awards: BioWare Highlights Story In Anthem Trailer Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:14:57 -0500 QuintLyn

If the world premiere trailer at The Game Awards 2018 is any indication, BioWare isn't skimping on story when it comes to Anthem. The game has been on the radar of most gamers since it was first announced, with many looking at it as a direct competitor to Bungie's Destiny series. However, there's still a lot we don't know about the game.

With the game being a BioWare title, many hope it will have the kind of story they've come to expect from the developer after games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

Tonight's trailer offered players a look at the game world, including several NPCs players will interact with, various locations, and the game's main big bad, the Monitor.

While the trailer doesn't offer any new info on gameplay, it does go some way to indicate players might be getting what they expect from BioWare when it comes to narrative.

Anthem will reportedly have two demos ahead of its 2019 release. The first demo will be only available to those who pre-order the game. It will run for two days, beginning January 25 and ending January 27. Anthem's second pre-release demo will run from February 1 to February 3. 

You can see more trailers, as well as Anthem gameplay, over at the game's official YouTube channel

The Game Awards: Far Cry: New Dawn Is A Post-Apocalyptic Montana Romp Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:54:03 -0500 QuintLyn

Over the past week, The Game Awards and Ubisoft have been busy hyping up the reveal of the next title in the Far Cry franchise.  Of course -- as is the case with such highly anticipated games -- there was a bit in the way of leaks cluing people in to what the focus of the game might be.

Well, now we know for sure.

Far Cry: New Dawn's official trailer was aired about halfway into the award show, giving fans their first true look at the game's post-apocalyptic universe.

New Dawn in a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5. It takes place in Hope County, Montana, 17 years after a planet-wide nuclear apocalypse. Interestingly, the game doesn't appear to take on the dark and gritty look and tone that most people associate with the apocalypse.

The trailer features two tough-as-nails ladies that seem to be right at home in their new world. They also appear to be people you probably don't want to mess with.

Aside from giving viewers and over-all feel for the upcoming game, the trailer did offer one other bit of information. Players can expect to play Far Cry: New Dawn in February 2019.

Was the Official Name of Far Cry 6, Box Art Revealed in Twitter Leak? Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:46:27 -0500 Jonathan Moore

As we quickly approach tonight's The Game Awards and the highly anticipated reveal of the new Far Cry game/spin-off/something, it appears that the game's box art and title have potentially been leaked on Twitter. 

Shared by Wario 64 and reported by IGN, the alleged leak purports that the next installment of the Far Cry series will be called Far Cry: New Dawn

As of this writing, the veracity of the alleged Xbox One X box art has not been confirmed, either by Ubisoft or anyone else for that matter. However, we only have a few more hours before we know if the leak is true or not. 

Yesterday, we reported on the surprising teaser trailer that seemingly tied the game to the events of Far Cry 5. Although those threads are tenuous in regards to story, it is believed that the game will take place in some type of post-apocalyptic setting perhaps brought on by the nuclear fallout caused by Eden's Gate at the end of FC5

Whether Far Cry 6 ends up being set after the events of the previous game or not, or if it's actually called New Dawn or something entirely different, we do know that it is currently in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 

You can tune into The Game Awards tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT to find out. The awards show will be broadcast on Twitch, YouTube, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network, as well as a handful of other services such as Mixer and Caffeine.  

Rumor: The Metroid Prime Series Is Headed To Nintendo Switch Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:07:27 -0500 QuintLyn

Unless you hate the Nintendo Switch for some reason, you might very well be able to get your hands on the Metroid Prime Trilogy in the near future. That's right, the series is rumored to be headed to Nintendo's current console.

The news was originally posted as a rumor on My Nintendo News yesterday after a listing for a Nintendo Switch version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy was discovered on the website belonging to Swedish retailer Inet.

According to an update on the original post, the product was even just a rumor for the retailer, but they felt confident enough that it will be announced at The Game Awards on December 6 to go ahead and list it.

Today, My Nintendo News reported that Liam Robertson, a writer for several sites including Nintendo Life, effectively confirmed a Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Switch on his Twitter account. Robertson, who is considered a reliable source on such matters, noted that the listing isn't necessarily legitimate.

The Game Awards will air on Thursday, December 6, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Those interested can watch it live, so we'll find out for certain then whether or not the rumor is true.

Why Monster Hunter Stories Deserves an Enhanced Switch Port Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:12:33 -0500 Erroll Maas

Monster Hunter Stories, the monster-taming RPG spin-off of Capcom's popular hunting-action series, Monster Hunter, was released in the West on September 8, 2017, almost a year after its Japanese release. This week, on December 4, the game was released for iOS and Android smartphones in Japan. The Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter Stories sold lower than expected in Japan and hasn't been selling well in the West either due to time of release and being limited to Nintendo 3DS exclusivity. Because of these factors, Monster Hunter Stories should receive an enhanced port on Nintendo Switch so that more players will be able to get their hands on it and it can get the recognition it deserves.

The Nintendo 3DS Release Had a Few Limitations

Selling poorly despite positive critical reception is a common problem for plenty of games, but in the West, Monster Hunter Stories barely got reception at all when compared to games in similar positions such as Prey and Dishonored 2. At the time of release in the West, the game didn't get much media attention due to the release of Destiny 2 that same week, although it received a 7 from Autumn Fish here at GameSkinny and currently has a 79% average score on Metacritic. Many players had also moved on to the Nintendo Switch by that time and may have either been unaware of the game's release or just didn't care to go back to playing on Nintendo 3DS. Re-releasing the game on Nintendo Switch would help give these players another opportunity to play this game after having previously been overlooked.

Another problem with Monster Hunter Stories being limited to Nintendo 3DS exclusivity are the graphical limitations of the system. Although the graphics in the Nintendo 3DS version look great for the most part, there is quite a bit of texture pop-in throughout the game. The smartphone version of the game has already fixed this problem and enhanced the graphics, and it is known that the Nintendo Switch uses a custom Nvidia Tegra processor similar to those one would find in high-end smartphones, so it may now be easier to port than before.

The Nintendo Switch Release Can Be the Definitive Version

Despite the lower-than-expected sales of the Nintendo 3DS release in Japan, Monster Hunter Stories has now been released on three separate occasions: the original Nintendo 3DS version on October 8, 2016; the 1.2 Renewal update version on July 27, 2017; and the Android and IOS version on December 4, 2017. The next big update, 1.3, will be coming to Japan this winter, although at this time it is unknown whether the update will only be digital or have a physical release to coincide with it like the 1.2 Renewal update. In the West, Monster Hunter Stories has received free downloadable content every week since release, but the 1.2 update is not yet available. An enhanced port on Nintendo Switch would be able to provide a definitive version of the game, including all previous downloadable content and major updates. Capcom could even add a save transfer function between the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch versions of the game since they already have experience with it from featuring the function in Monster Hunter XX (Double Cross).

We Can Have a Monster-taming RPG on Switch Before Pokémon

Pokémon for Nintendo Switch is currently in development and slated for 2018, but it likely wouldn't be released until late 2018 at the earliest, with Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon having just been released in November. A Nintendo Switch port of Monster Hunter Stories would likely be able to release before then so that Nintendo Switch owners waiting for Pokémon could get their monster-taming fix.

Boosting the Possibility of Release

Although there has been no word on a release of the smartphone version in the West yet, and it may be some time before we see a Nintendo Switch port of Monster Hunter Stories at all, it's definitely more possible than it was before. Despite its lack of media coverage and lower than expected sales, Monster Hunter Stories still manages to pull through and repeatedly re-release.

Whether you're already a fan or would just prefer a Nintendo Switch version of the game, you can vote it for Best Handheld Game at the 2017 Game Awards once a day to help show interest. Voting only runs until Wednesday, December 6, so make sure to get your votes in. You can see the results on Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 PM.

Do you think Monster Hunter Stories deserves to be re-released on Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments!

New Death Stranding Trailer Released (and Yes, It's Still Creepy) Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:58:52 -0500 Matthew_Taylor

While we were all anticipating new glimpses into Kojima's new project, Death Stranding ahead of his Industry Icon Award, what we got was... well, it was certainly more than enough to whet our appetites for his particular style of creepy.

We start off with what seems to be a running theme in the two trailers that have been released so far. Dead crabs washed up in a soaked riverbed, complete with puddles of that dark, ink-like substance that seems to be pretty much everywhere. We are then introduced to a scene more reminiscent of a World War II movie; Fighter planes streak through the sky, a tank covered in a corpse of what appears to be a squid and a skeletal arm, and soldiers marching in formation behind.

Mads Mikkelsen (of Hannibal fame), apparently the leader of a squad of these troops we see in the beginning of the trailer; Acts the opposite of who appears to be Guillermo del Toro, who is holding a baby in a strangely similar way to Norman Reedus in the first trailer. 

The soldiers, seemingly supernatural elements, and a sprinkling of horror are the recipe for a mysterious and thought provoking trailer by Kojima and his team at Kojima Productions.

But what do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

Dragon Age: Inquisition Wins Game of the Year, but Nintendo Dominates the 2014 Game Awards Sat, 06 Dec 2014 07:59:48 -0500 Esteban Padilla

Awards shows have never really been the strong suit of the video game industry. From G4’s G-Phoria to Spike TV’s VGAs, many have attempted to throw a good end-of-the-year event, and they have failed to draw in the same prestige and large audiences that music and film awards shows do. But that didn’t stop Geoff Keighley from trying.

Without the network support that he previously had from Spike TV hosting the VGAs (now defunct since they retooled the titular event to the more trailer-filled VGX), Keighley decided to personally fund an entirely new gaming awards show. 

Backed by the holy trinity of gaming - Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft - along with a slew of other industry heads, the inaugural Game Awards was set to be a different kind of video game award show, more focused on bringing together developers, journalists, and fans from all aspects of gaming. In fact, the new format allowed for free submissions, giving indie and small developers a chance to really shine alongside the big industry players.

The result: a more intimate evening with video game lovers from all walks of life rubbing shoulders together and enjoying their trade without the slog of sponsorships and blatant pandering seen in other events.

The Big Award of the Night

Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay Screenshot

Screenshot of Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay, which was voted as the Game of the Year.

The elusive Game of the Year title, went to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition.  Although the game has been receiving generally positive reviews in its first few weeks of public release, it has been under a fair amount of criticism for its filler content, and was not as highly regarded critically as some of the other contenders, such as Dark Souls II and Bayonetta 2It should be noted that the panel of judges included developers and journalists alike, so maybe BioWare’s solid track record influenced the decision. 

Other games that performed well at the Game Awards include:

  • Hearthstone (Best Mobile/Handheld Game)
  • Far Cry 4 (Best Shooter)
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Best Narrative AND Games for Change awards). 

A full list of the nominees and winners can be found here.

Despite popular fan opinion...

Mario Kart 8 took home both the Best Sports/Racing Game and Best Family Game awards for the evening. 

Nintendo didn’t win the Game of the Year award for Bayonetta 2 or the Best Mobile/Handheld Game award for Super Smash Bros 3DS. But before you start feeling like they were robbed, you should know Nintendo walked away with four awards, including:

  • Best Fighting Game (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
  • Best Sports/Racing Game (Mario Kart 8)
  • Best Family Game (Mario Kart 8)
  • Developer of the Year

Special mention should go to the Best Fan Creation and Best Independent Game awards, as they both involved properties closely associated with Nintendo (Twitch Plays Pokémon by Anonymous and Shovel Knight respectively).

As if winning 4 out of the 18 awards available to developers wasn’t enough, Nintendo also took control over the screen time. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé himself was there to do what he does best, which is get us excited about games we’re dying to play already.  Along with opening the evening with footage from Mario Maker (seen here along with every other trailer and footage clip shown at the Game Awards), we were treated to the world gameplay premiere for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Nintendo’s new 3DS title that looks like their take on XCOM: Enemy Unknown - if it borrowed some of Borderlands’s aesthetics and threw in a healthy dose of steampunk design choices, that is.  

Eiji Aunuma demonstrating horseriding and exploration gameplay for the Legend of Zelda Wii U title to Shigeru Miyamoto.

As exciting as this was to see, it probably paled in comparison to the headliner event of the evening: the Legend of Zelda for Wii U gameplay footage.  The game is set to be released sometime next year after the Majora’s Mask remake for 3DS and Star Fox Wii U title.

To top it all off, Nintendo finished the event strong with a combined Legend of Zelda music medley involving American rock band Imagine Dragons and the prolific Koji Kondo, who is responsible for just about every iconic Nintendo earworm tune you’ve ever heard.

To top it all off, Nintendo finished the event strong with a combined Legend of Zelda music medley involving American rock band Imagine Dragons and the prolific Koji Kondo, who is responsible for just about every iconic Nintendo earworm tune you’ve ever heard. 

The event signed off with a collaborative acoustic performance of Imagine Dragon’s breakthrough hit “It’s Time,” which really demonstrated the more personal and unorthodox tone of the evening. 

That’s not to say that no one else made a big scene at the Game Awards.

The Metal Gear Online gameplay footage was one of the highlights of the evening.

Several other trailers and games were announced (again, all of them can be found here), including new titles from Gone Home’s creators and Hazelight Studios, well-known for indie darling Brothers: A Tale of Two Songs

We also got to see gameplay footage for Metal Gear Online and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (which won Most Anticipated Game that evening). Not to mention everyone’s favorite gamer violinist, Lindsey Stirling, also offered her own musical contribution with her (beautiful) rendition of the Dragon Age: Inquisition theme. 

But being able to open and close the first Game Awards really showed Nintendo’s pull in the gaming industry and their prowess as a titan of gaming.  Good game, Nintendo, good game.

Game Award Show "The Game Awards" Set for November 11 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:21:02 -0500 Ashley Hall

The Game Awards is a new video game award show, announced in time for the gaming awards season. The show is set to happen in less than one month, on Friday December 5th in Las Vegas, live from the AXIS Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Supported by major production companies, the Game Awards will feature performances and other surprises in addition to the awards that will be given out during the show.

The minds behind the Game Awards are some of the most creative in the industry from the most well-known companies in the world. Peter Moore, COO of Electronic Arts; Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, Rockstar Games, Valve, and Shawn Layden, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America as well as many others are responsible for creating this new awards show.

Tickets to see the show went on sale yesterday, November 11, on Ticketmaster, and start at $45. Though the show is in Las Vegas, it will be streamed live throughout the globe on the PlayStation Network, Steam, Xbox Live, as well as other platforms. For more information on the show, as well as updates about guests, visit the show's website