The Game Awards 2020 were held on Thursday 10th December to end the year in gaming that was 2020. We’ve had the new console generations release, plus loads of great games and as well as the awards from the show there was also a few surprises too. The following is a Game Awards 2020 roundup.
First up let’s check out the announcements and then I’ll go into the awards themselves.
One of the biggest reveals of the night was the return of Perfect Dark, which is being developed by The Initiative of Microsoft Studios. The game is still being developed and it’s in the early stages by the sounds of it, but it’s great to hear Joanna Dark is coming back which will likely be an Xbox Exclusive. The game looks set in a near future and the cinematic was impressive, but I’ll hold judgement until we see some gameplay as we’ve been down this route before and recently with Halo. Still, it’s an exciting announcement… One that was speculated for the Microsoft reveals back before the Series X first-party games were announced.
Talking about Microsoft, Master Chief has been announced for Fortnite, so if that’s your thing you can jump into Fortnite and play capture the flag on Blood Gultch, which is kind of incredible if you think about it. First, Fortnite was a better Avengers game that The Avengers and now it’s trying to be better than Halo Infinite. How rude. Microsoft also confirmed Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X/S and Cyberpunk’s car is coming to Forza Horizon 4 out now.
Bioware had a few big announcements with a new trailer for Dragon Age. The cinematic was pretty vague but appeared to suggest a continuation of the story following Inquisition. Bioware also showed off a teaser for a new Mass Effect game, which appears to be headed back to the Milky Way following a cool reception of Andromeda.
In another excellent Smash Bros Ultimate trailer, Sephiroth was shown off as a new character in Smash with a fantastic teaser trailer. He looks like he’s going to be a great addition to the game which has broken the boundaries in terms of crossover characters, rivalling what Fortnite is doing right now.
Back 4 Blood was announced, which looks sort of like a successor to Left 4 Dead and made by many of the same team. The Callisto Protocol was shown off too on the night which is being developed by the producer who brought us Dead Space (Glen Schofield’s Distance Studios). This one looks pretty terrifying and is a survival horror set in space.
Ark 2 with Vin Diesel was announced as well as Oddworld: Soulstorm is coming in Spring 2021. Loads of Yakuza games are coming to PC and Xbox Game Pass. The Elder Scrolls Online had a nice trailer which teased some kind of Oblivion cross-over or returns to the same landscape, which looked very exciting for fans of the series.
Open Roads is the next game from Gone Home and Tacoma developer Fullbright, which is being published by Annapurna. They tend to pick and choose excellent games to publish, so this might be one to look out for. Season also looked very good which is some kind of exploration game, and this one is coming from Scavenger Studios (aptly named!).
It Takes Two had a trailer which is about a couple who turn out to be dolls. This one is from Hazelight who made the innovative A Way Out. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut was announced which is going to include new chapters. Among Us also revealed a new map.
That’s pretty much it for the major announcements, next up let’s have a look at the awards themselves.
The Last Of Us 2 won the big Game of the Year 2020 Award plus six other major awards in a big night for Naughty Dog. The sequel to The Last Of Us won best game direction, narrative and action & adventure game too. Laura Bailey, who plays Abby, took home the award for best performance.
Final Fantasy VII Remake won best RPG plus best score and music, and Among Us, which has been a huge hit of 2020, won the best multiplayer game and best mobile game. The game for impact went to Tell Me Why and The Fall Guys team won the best community support.
Here’s a full list of the winners.
Game of the Year: The Last of Us Part II
Game Direction: The Last of Us Part II
Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring
Narrative: The Last of Us Part II
Art Direction: Ghost of Tsushima
Score and Music: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Audio Design: The Last of Us Part II
Performance: Laura Bailey – Abby, The Last of Us Part II
Games for Impact: Tell Me Why
Ongoing Game: No Man’s Sky
Indie Game: Hades
Debut Indie Game: Phasmophobia
Mobile Game: Among Us
Community Support: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
VR/AR Game: Half-Life: Alyx
Innovation in Accessibility: The Last of Us Part II
Action Game: Hades
Action/Adventure Game: The Last of Us Part II
Role-Playing Game: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Family Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Sim/Strategy Game: Microsoft Flight Simulator
Sports/Racing Game: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Multiplayer Game: Among Us
Content Creator of the Year: Valkyrae
Esports Athlete: Heo “Showmaker” Su
Esports Coach: Danny “Zonic” Sorensen
Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2020
Esports Game: League of Legends
Esports Host: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Esports Team: G2 Esports