The Game Awards 2021 event is over and there's plenty to look back on! There was plenty of brand new games revealed as well as over 30 awards handed out.
You can rewatch the show in full below and also catch up on the major news from throughout the night!
Table of Contents
- LATEST - GOTY Decided
- Forza Wins Big
- The Show Rumbles On!
- Alan Wake 2, Wonder Woman & More
- Hellblade 2 Gameplay and New Star Wars Game revealed!
- Main Show is LIVE!
- More Premieres & Awards!
- Esports Categories decided
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre Game Announced!
- First Award Handed Out!
- Last-Minute Rumours
- The Game Awards 2021 Countdown
- What to Expect?
LATEST - GOTY Decided
The biggest award of the night, Game of the Year, has gone to IT TAKES TWO! It ends up with three awards on the night but the GOTY crown is by far the biggest of the bunch.
Game Director Josef Fares didn't quite provide the lengthy foul-mouthed speech as he did in 2017 but his reaction was genuinely entertaining nonetheless.
Forza Wins Big
Forza Horizon 5 has taken home three awards so far with Deathloop and It Takes Two are just behind with 2 awards each. The major reveals have certainly slowed down as the show has gone on and we're into the final stretch now as GOTY will be revealed very soon!
The Show Rumbles On!
Guardians of the Galazy has taken home Best Narrative and we've seen trailers for a brand new Sonic game titled Frontiers.
It Takes Two also won Best Multiplayer game but unfortunately Josef Fares wasn't allowed on the microphone. Perhaps if it takes home Game of the Year?
Alan Wake 2, Wonder Woman & More
WOW. In an incredible few minutes, we saw trailers for a Wonder Woman game coming from Warner Bros & Monolith Studios. We then went straight into a chilling trailer for Alan Wake 2 which won't be due until 2023.
Hellblade 2 Gameplay and New Star Wars Game revealed!
We have seen the first gameplay footage of Hellblade 2 while right after we got the reveal of Star Wars: Eclipse, the brand new game from Lucasfilm Games and Quantic Dream!
Main Show is LIVE!
We kicked off with a live performance from Sting and the first award handed out was for Best Independant Game which was won by none other than Kena: Bridge of Spirits
More Premieres & Awards!
The award for Best Audio Design went to Forza Horizon 5, a game many considered a GOTY candidiate. We've also seen the World Premiere for Have A Nice Death, a new 2D Rogue-Lite that will launch into Early Access in March 2022.
Esports Categories decided
The winners of the esports awards for the night have been announced. S1mple took home Best Athlete, Na'Vi we're the Best Team, LoL Worlds 2021 was the Best Event and finally, kkoma was the Best Coach!
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Game Announced!
A brand new game based on the iconic horror franchise The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was just announced with a chilling trailer. The game appears to be in development at Sumo Digital and will be multiplayer focused.
First Award Handed Out!
The Games For Impact award was the first one handed out tonight and was won by Life is Strange: True Colors!
Our first World Premier for the night was another look at indie game Tunic!
With time running out until showtime, we're taking a look at the last minute rumours ahead of The Game Awards 2021.
- Netherrealm founders Ed Boon and John Tobias are in the area and could be set to show off the studios next project which is believed to be Injustice 3.
- Fortnite could make their Gears of War crossover official with skins set to release TONIGHT.
- There's growing belief within the Nintendo community that Breath of the Wild 2 could make an appearance.
- Abandoned may finally resurface although signs still suggest it is NOT a Kojima production
The Game Awards 2021 Countdown
The Game Awards will take place on Thursday, 9 December for American time zones, 19:30 ET and 16:30 PT to be exact. For European viewers, you'll have to wait until Friday, 10 December at 00:30 GMT / 01:30 CET.
The Game Awards 2021 Show Time
You will be able to watch the entire show, for free, live on YouTube, Twitch & Twitter. There is no official run time as of yet but based on previous shows, we would expect the 2021 edition to run for at least three hours.
What to Expect?
Never caught a Game Awards show before? Well, you're in for a treat as these events have been getting better year on year and the 2021 edition is set to be the best yet. While it's arguably been a bit of a strange year for games, there are plenty of big category awards up for grabs including the show closer, Game of the Year.
Host and founder Geoff Keighley has also lined up some incredible celebrity appearances for the show including Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, Giancarlo Esposito, Laura Bailey, Ashley Johnson, Guillermo Del Toro, Simu Liu and more!
Finally, there will be musical performances throughout the night from the Game Awards Orchestra, Imagine Dragons and Sting. This year's show will truly benefit from being a live event as opposed to the 2020 edition which was entirely virtual.