This Friday we'll finally find out which game will be championed the very best of 2014. But what about 2015?
The Game Awards - our industry's closest Oscars equivalent - are not just about looking back at the fantastic titles already released. It's also about looking to the future, at the games that'll have us playing till the early morning hours throughout next year and beyond! The event's organiser, Geoff Keighley, has already been busy teasing avid gamers about the surprises in store:
A whopping 18 (eighteen!) world premiere trailers have now been confirmed for the show, including teasers for No Man’s Sky, Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, Metal Gear Online, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and King’s Quest.
And That's Not All
Viewers will also be treated to an unknown number of 'surprise game announcements' that have been kept under super secret wraps. Developer Bethesda set the precedent for truly jaw-dropping revelas when they announced Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim during the 2010 Video Game Awards! If it's been done before, it could happen again - but what games are we likely to see announced this time?
Keep in mind that Aaron Greenberg, the marketing lead for Xbox, has already said that there will be no Xbox One exclusives at the show, so you can forget about a new Gears of War trailer. Nevertheless, here are four possible world premieres that I'd love to see:
Mass Effect 4
Although BioWare has already confirmed gamers will be embarking on another epic intergalactic adventure in the Mass Effect universe, they're still yet to show any real footage from the game. As far as I see, there's no better time to unveil it than during The Game Awards, when all the eyes of eager gamers will be upon them.
The Mass Effect trilogy provided some of the best gaming experiences on last generation's consoles, so I can't wait to see what they come up with on the new, vastly improved hardware.
A New Crash Bandicoot
With Playstation celebrating its 20th anniversary, there's been a lot of buzz around Sony's Wumpa-fruit-loving mascot. If you're listening Sony, there'd be no better way to celebrate than with an announcement of a brand new game! I'd love nothing more than to see Crash tear it up on PS4, especially with the series' original creators, Naughty Dog, at the helm.
Although Activision still own the rights to the franchise, it wouldn't be totally out of the question for Sony to come to a deal with them. Similarly, Grim Fandango was wrapped up as a Disney license for over a decade, but it's now heading to Playstation consoles next year. Could we see a surprise Crash Bandicoot announcement at the show? Even if there isn't a new game, at least announce an HD re-release!
The New Quantic Dream Game
The incredibly talented studio that brought you Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls teased their next release back at E3 with a stunning tech demo dubbed Dark Sorcerer. All has been quiet since then, so it seems like we're due for another update from Quantic Dream, and The Game Awards could be the perfect venue for it. Will the next title continue in their tradition of realistic, narrative-driven adventures or will they enter into more mystical domains as hinted at by the aforementioned tech demo. Perhaps we'll know by Friday!
Thatgamecompany's New Game
Thatgamecompany, the experimental indie studio behind critically acclaimed titles such as Journey and Flower, can always be trusted to show something completely unexpected. It's been over 2 years since their last release, so I'm expecting something big from them at The Game Awards. Considering the startling originality showcased in their previous offerings, I couldn't possibly predict what their next project will entail, but whatever it is you can color me excited!
Make sure you don't miss The Game Awards 2014, which starts at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern time. You can watch a live stream of the event here.