The Game Awards 2021: How to watch, start times, nominees, what to expect

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The Annual Game Awards will be broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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Halo Infinite is set to launch in 2021, marking the last major gaming release. It’s a great time, because Thursday is the annual Game Awards, a night of a scintillating awards ceremony, a bunch of new trailers and some world-revealing reveals for the premiere games in 2022 and beyond.

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While last year’s show was entirely virtual, the 2021 Game Awards will be broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 9.

To give you an idea of ​​what kind of fun we can be in, last year’s ceremony The announcement of Sephiroth joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster saw the reveal of Back4Blood, as well as teaser trailers for both a new Dragon Age title and the next Mass Effect.

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We’ve already been teased with big news coming to the show, including The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a new Sonic the Hedgehog game, and a look at the upcoming Halo TV show. Show host Geoff Keighley teases on Twitter that the Game Awards have a world premiere working for two and a half years,

Then there are the actual awards themselves, which will also include musical performances and guest appearances by celebrities. Stars announced to appear on the show include Sting and Keanu Reeves. Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 show.

What announcements should we expect?

Kegley has said 40-50 games will be shown in the show in some fashion. Many of these games will be announced in advance, and some have already been teased. Also, there will be some big surprises that we can only speculate about. Keighley told USA TODAY Elden appears to be “four or five” on the ring’s scale, so look forward to him.

Among the games we do know about are The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, originally scheduled for a 2021 release, and Destiny 2’s Witch Queen expansion. Also announced for the show are The Matrix Awakens, a tech demo for Epic’s Unreal Engine 5, and a trailer for Showtime’s upcoming Halo series. The appearance of Sonic the Hedgehog has also been teased by Badass.

When is the Sports Awards?

The 2021 Game Awards begins Thursday, December 9 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Viewers in the UK will have to wait until 1am, while Australia will have a start time of 1pm AEDT. You can watch the stream on multiple platforms:

Who are the nominees for the 2021 Game Awards?

at this year’s game awards 30 categories Up for grabs including Best Indie, Best Ongoing, Innovation in Accessibility, Genre Awards like Best Role Playing and of course Game of the Year.

Here are the nominees and categories.

game of the year

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • It Takes Two (Hazellight Studio/EA)
  • Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

Best Game Direction

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • It Takes Two (Hazellight Studio/EA)
  • Returnal (Housemark/SIE)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)

best running

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward / Raven / Activision)
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Game)
  • Genshin Impact (Mihoyo)

best story

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • It Takes Two (Hazellight Studio/EA)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine/Square Enix)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)

best indie

  • 12 Minutes (Luis Antonio/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Death’s Gate (Acid Nerve/Devolver Digital)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Amber Lab)
  • Inscription (Daniel Mullins Games/Developer Digital)
  • Loop Hero (Four Quarters/Devolver Digital)

best mobile game

  • Fantasy (Mistwalker)
  • Genshin Impact (Mihoyo)
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)
  • Marvel Future Revolution (Netmarble)
  • Pokemon Unite (TiMi Studios/The Pokemon Company)

Best VR/AR

  • Hitman 3 (IO Interactive)
  • I Expect You To Die 2 (Shell Games)
  • Lone Echo II (ready at Dawn/Oculus Studio)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Armature Studios/Capcom/Oculus Studios)
  • Sniper Elite VR (Coatsink / Just Add Water / Rebellion Evolution)

best action

  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock/WB Games)
  • Chivalry II (Torn Banner Studio/Tripwire Interactive)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)
  • Returnal (Housemark/SIE)

Best Action/Adventure

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
  • Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

play the best role

  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Project Red)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  • Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco)
  • Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlas/Sega)
  • Tales of the Rise (Bandai Namco)

best fight

  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (Cyberconnect2 / Sega)
  • Guilty Gear – Effort- (Arc System Works)
  • Melty Blood: Type Lumina (French-bred/Delightworks)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Ludocity/Fair Play Labs/Gamemill)
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown (Sega)

best debut indie

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Amber Lab)
  • Sable (Shadworks/Raw Fury)
  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven and the Dinosaurs/Annapurna)
  • The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller/Dear Villagers)
  • Walheim (Iron Gate/Coffee Stain)

best family

  • It Takes Two (Hazellight Studio/EA)
  • Mario Party Superstars (NDCube/Nintendo)
  • New Pokémon Snap (Bandai Namco/The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury (Nintendo)
  • WarioWare: Get It Together! (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)

Best Sport/Racing

  • F1 2021 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • FIFA 22 (EA Vancouver/EA Sports)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (Milestone)
  • Riders Republic (Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft)

Best Sim/Strategy

  • Age of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Evil Geniuses 2: World Domination (Rebellion Evolution)
  • Mankind (Dimension Studio/Sega)
  • Inscription (Daniel Mullins Games/Developer)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studio)

best multiplayer

  • Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock/WB Games)
  • It Takes Two (Hazellight Studio/EA)
  • Knockout City (Whelan Studios/EA)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
  • New World (Amazon Games)
  • Walheim (Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain)

most anticipated game

  • Alden Ring (software/from Bandai Namco)
  • Ragnarok, God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • The Legend of Zelda Sequel: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)

Best Art Direction

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Amber Lab)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven and the Dinosaurs/Annapurna)

Best Score & Music

  • Cyberpunk 2077 (Marcin Przybylowicz, Piotr T. Adamczyk, composer)
  • Deathloop (Tom Salta, composer)
  • NieR Replicant Version 1.22474487139 (Keichi Okabe, composer)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Richard Jacques, composer)
  • The Artful Escape (Johnny Galvatron and Josh Abrahams, composers)

best audio design

  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
  • Returnal (Housemark/SIE)

best performance

  • Erica Mori as Alex Chen, Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Anton Castillo as Giancarlo Esposito, Far Cry 6
  • Jason E. Kelly as Colt Vehicle,…

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