As much as The Game Awards is meant to be a celebration of of the past 12 months in gaming, the biggest headlines that tend to emerge from the event are the trailers and reveals for games that are set to launch in the next 12 months. With that in mind, here’s the biggest announcements and reveals that emerged from The Game Awards 2023.
SEGA’s “New Era”
SEGA have come out of The Game Awards 2023 as perhaps the biggest winners, announcing not one, not two, not six, but games that are revivals of their most beloved franchises. Now in development are games like Golden Axe, Crazy Taxi, Shinobi, Streets Of Rage and Jet Set Radio. Maybe all that hype for Bomb Rush Cyberfunk forced SEGA’s hand. Still, we’re waiting for that Virtua Fighter 6 announcement, lads.
God Of War Ragnarok’s Valhalla Update
God of War Ragnarok sits among the best of the best that the PS5 has to offer, but if you’ve finished the game and are wondering what to do next, Sony Santa Monica are adding a new roguelike-inspired DLC called Valhalla, which is set to drop on December 12th, 2023. The best part is? It’s free to all who own the game.
The Casting Of Frank Stone
Behaviour Interactive’s collaboration with Supermassive Games has been teased for a long time now, but we finally have the first glimpse of The Casting Of Frank Stone, a single-player “cinematic horror” game set within the Dead By Daylight universe. Expect something a bit similar to The Quarry, but you have to decide whether or not to get your mates off the hook.
OD – A Hideo Kojima Game
We finally have the first glimpse of footage of Hideo Kojima’s collaboration with Xbox Game Studios, and by god does it look like a bucnh of weird Hideo Kojima nonsense. OD looks to be a horror game, which will leverage Microsoft’s cloud gaming technology, and on stage, it was revealed that Kojima will be collaborating with Jordan Peele. Sure, okay. That’s probably the silliest partnership the world could have mustered, and we’re fine with that.
Visions Of Mana Launching In 2024
Square Enix’s warchest of RPG franchises is bigger than most publisher’s entire libraries, so it’s not surprising that some of them fall by the wayside now and then. The Mana series has been missing in action for a while now, but Square are bringing it back with Visions of Mana in 2024. The new RPG is set to launch on PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X & S.
Ikumi Nakamura’s New Game, Kemuri
Ikumi Nakamura, a TGA veteran and developer who’s worked on games like Ghostwire: Tokyo, debuted both her new studio, Unseen, along with their debut game, Kemuri. No platforms were announced, and Kemuri doesn’t even have a publisher lined up, but it looks like a more colourful version of Ghostwire, with co-op to boot. We’re sold. We’ll buy ten copies. We’ll even publish it. Do you accept payment in Mars bars?
Black Myth: Wukong Gets A Release Date
The Monkey King Soulslike from Chinese developer Game Science, Black Myth: Wukong is set to launch on PC and consoles on August 20th, 2024. The trailer above features plenty of monstrous creatures that you’ll probably get murdered by, if other Soulslike games are anything to go by.
Arkane Lyon Reveals Marvel’s Blade
Arkane Lyon, the immersive sim masters that created Dishonoured and Deathloop, have finally made the move to actual superhero games, revealing at The Game Awards that they’re making a Blade game. No release date or even platforms have been confirmed yet, but it’s long since time that Blade gets his moment to shine in a solo, AAA video game.
Lost Records: Bloom & Rage Launching Late 2024
Don’t Nod rightfully earned a brilliant reputation for creating excellent narrative adventure games, and they’re hoping to continue their run of form with Lost Records: Bloom & Rage, coming to PC & consoles in late 2024. There’s a mystery to solve, as the tale of four friends is told from both 1995, and 27 years later when the friends are forced to reunite.
Light No Fire Promises A “Multiplayer Earth”
The idea of Hello Games promising a game that’s more ambitious than No Man’s Sky is probably going to raise a number of red flags for those who were burnt back in 2016. However, Light No Fire looks like a completely different beast to NMS, as Light No Fire aims to create a fantasy-inspired planet that’s about the size of Earth itself, with all players sharing the same world. It’s certainly ambitious, let’s see if they can pull it off.
Final Fantasy XVI Expansion Pass Available Now
People have been clamoured for Final Fantasy XVI DLC ever since the game launched, and Square Enix finally confirmed two DLC packs that contain new stories for Clive and his friends to embark on. The Expansion Pass includes Echoes of the Fallen, which is available from today, while The Rising Tide will launch in Spring 2024.
Monster Hunter Wilds Coming To PC & Consoles In 2025
Here’s the motivation you (I) might have needed to actually finish Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and blast through Monster Hunter Rise by the time 2025 rolls around, as Capcom have announced Monster Hunter Wilds. We don’t have any details, except for the fact that it’ll launch on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X & S in 2025. Plenty of time to sharpen your weapons in time for the coming hunt.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Now Available On Xbox Series X & S
It’s been a long road to get here, but on the same night that Baldur’s Gate 3 won Game of the Year at The Game Awards, Larian Studios also announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 has shadowdropped onto the Xbox Series X & S. If you were just watching The Game Awards though, you’d be forgiven for missing this announcement, as there was no explicit mention of Baldur’s Gate 3 coming to the Xbox, just an accolades trailer near the end of the show. Then again, you wouldn’t know there was a record amount of layoffs in the game industry this year either.
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