Taking place in Los Angeles last night the 2019 Video Game Awards is always one of the big events of the year where the excitement is not only for the awards but also the trailers being premiered which in previous years have tended to overshadow the awards themselves. But before like the gather audience and folks tuning in around the around we allow ourselves to get distracted by the trailers here a quick rundown of this years winners.
The Game Awards 2019 Winners
Game of the Year: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
Best Game Direction: Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
Fresh Indie Game: Za/Um (Disco Elysium)
Best Independent Game: Za/Um (Disco Elysium)
Best Performance: Mads Mikkelsen (Cliff/Death Stranding)
Best Action/Adventure Game: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision)
Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite (Epic Games)
Best Multiplayer: Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
Best Mobile: Call of Duty: Mobile (Timi Studios/Activision)
Best Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fuelled (Beenox/Activision)
Best Family Game: Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Next Level Games/Nintendo)
Games For Impact: Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital)
Best Action Game: Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)
Best Art Direction: Control (Remedy/505 Games)
Best Narrative: Disco Elysium (Za/Um)
Best Role-playing Game: Disco Elysium (Za/Um)
Best Audio Design: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
Best Strategy Game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/KOEI Tecmo/Nintendo)
Best AR/VR: Beat Saber (Beat Games)
Community Support: Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Best Score & Music: Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Sora/Bandai Namco/Nintendo)
Esports Game of the Year: League of Legends (Riot Games)
Best Esports Coach: Zonic
Best Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019
Best Esports Host: Sjokz
Best Esports Team: G2 Esports
Content Creator of the Year: Shroud
Best Esports Player: Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf
Compared to previous years were we have seen one game usually dominate the proceeding it was a pretty mixed spread we were left with once the dust had settled with some big surprises such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice beating out Death Stranding twice for not only Game of the Year but also picking up Best Action / Adventure a result only made the more surprising when you consider that Death Stranding has certainly been one of the most acclaimed games of the year ultimately only picking up the awards for Best Score and Mads Mikkelsen’s performance.
Both Fortnite and Apex Legends continued to show their dominance as the Multiplayer games of choice with the bubble yet to burst for Battle Royale games while the continual (and surprising) updates for Super Smash Brothers saw it losing none of it’s dominance as one of the top titles for the Switch. Destiny 2 being included though is kind of a sad reminder of how far the game has fallen in the passing years but hey, at least they can pride themselves on having the best community support…right?
In terms of surprises Disco Elysium was certainly the biggest one as the indie title took on and beat out the Triple A competition to pick up 4 awards including Best Narrative and Best RPG.
While the award winners were certainly a mixed field this year with no one game dominating the field compared to previous years. Still in much the same way that the Superbowl is an exciting showcase for movie trailers so too are these awards for upcoming game announcements and trailers and certainly the show gave us the following titles to look forward to.
World Premiere: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is gearing up to release their second DLC expansion. The Rise of the Phoenix will include Iceman, Gambit and Phoenix as well as new modes such as Danger Room Mode and Gauntlet.
Salaam (Junub Games)
As a way to highlight new developers with meaningful games, Junub Games presents an in-development footage of their upcoming game called Salaam which shares the experience of the journey of a refugee to help bring the world to see the lives of others in the world and the road that this developer has taken to get to where he is. Salaam is expecting to release in 2020.
Having been announced in the 2018 PC Gaming Show and finally getting a more fleshed out trailer at PC Gaming Show this year, Tripwire comes back this time with a more concrete trailer as well as a release date for their shark simulator where you play as a shark and eat, explore and evolve against the humans. Maneater will release on May 22, 2020.
World Premiere: Humankind (Amplitude/SEGA)
Humankind (not to be confused with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey) is an upcoming historical turn-based strategy game with a unique in that it aims to be a customizable experience to make it a world that the player creates in a world that they rule as the leader. This customization will expand well beyond the avatar and include culture and other social elements which has us certainly excited to see how it this plays when it comes out next year.
World Premiere: No More Heroes III
No More Heroes III continues the series which is as much a curiosity on Nintendo’s roster as it was when the first game landed on the Switch. Now returning for a third round on the Switch it would seem the franchise has not lost a beat in the years which have passed since the last game making this one to mark on the calender when it’s released 18th January 2020.
World Premiere: Final Fantasy VII Remake
Can we believe that the actual release of Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally happening! With the March 3, 2020 release drawing closer it was almost expected to see a new trailer. However this time, we’re getting not only cinematic but what everyone wants to see: gameplay!
Its definitely an impressive little game as a remake that will make it quite impressive to see how it all comes together as it will be a different 3D experience compared to the original, even if the story stays the same. It definitely one to anticipate.
World Premiere: Xbox Series X
It may be still a year to go before Xbox Series X launches but Phil Spencer makes an appearance to tell everyone of how this console generation will “power your dreams” and is expected to launch Holiday 2020 with all of their 15 game studios developing exclusive titles to look forward to.
Of course, what is an announcement without showing off at least one of these projects in development and it comes as no surprise that its the one from Ninja Theory.
World Premiere: Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II (Ninja Theory)
It probably wasn’t a huge doubt in everyone’s mind to expect something in the Hellblade world or sequel of sorts and the project that Ninja Theory is working on is the sequel called Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.
Sure we might not have gotten much from the in-development trailer which was mostly cinematic while showcasing a rather unsettling world and soundtrack.
Control came into The Game Awards strong with a ton of nominations in various categories but essentially going home with one win for Art Direction. However, they will be releasing their first DLC expansion with a new game mode called Expeditions on March 26, 2020 and for Control players, this is a free update so the good news just keeps coming.
World Premiere: Godfall
Of course, we can never leave Playstation out when it comes to new console launch as Playstation 5 is also expected to launch in times for the holidays 2020. Without something more than that, they show a new IP called Godfall which is set in a fantasy land and will be a reinvented loot-driven combat slasher which can be played alone or in co-op and will be a Playstation 5 exclusive, expected to release Holiday 2020 (maybe timed with the console release).
World Premiere: Bravely Default II
Warframe always has a lot of new things to offer. While its not a game that we follow closely over here, their latest expansion Empyrean will be out right now and free to play.
Magic: The Gathering – Theros: Beyond Death
It seems there is a lot of Magic: The Gathering news this time around. As the game introduces new card and new story expansion.
World Premiere: Prologue (playerunknown)
Not exactly sure what to say about this trailer as its literally a teaser from the playerunknown team. Is it a new map or a new story or a new game? You can find more info at playprologue.com. From the looks of it, its just a new gaming exploration for the PUBG team.
Fortnite + Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
With gaming currently enjoying such cross appeal Hollywood is keen to make crossovers happen in every franchise. With Fortnite‘s growth, this coming weekend will see their crossover event with Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker, boasting a Whisper Glider at the beginning drop and some celebrities joining into the event and of course, a personal invitation message clip from J.J. Abrams.
World Premiere: Sons of the Forest
The developers of 2014’s The Forest, Endnight announce their next project and it is the sequel of their survival game in the form of a demon-hunting game called Sons of the Forest.
World Premiere: Ruined King: A League of Legends Story
League of Legends is a big deal in the eSports world especially as this year, they do take home the eSports Game of the Year as well as the Best eSports Event, so the gaming audience is definitely there. With that said, this is just one of the two League of Legend stories to be announced.
World Premiere: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance
Montreal studio Tuque Games takes on the new Dungeons & Dragons game called Dark Alliance which will be an action role-playing game that will bring friends in to “slay together”. Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance will be coming in Fall 2020.
World Premiere: Apex legends: Mirage’s Holo-Day Bash
In the list of eSports and multiplayer games getting a ton of announcement, the only holiday themed one is with Apex Legends as they have this screen Mirage interaction with host Geoff Keighley. It was an entertaining way to introduce Mirage’s Holo-Day Bash event.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios)
Its no secret that we’re big fans of Ori over here at Game Warp. The first game was a brutally hard experience but its story and visuals truly are excellent and Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks equally as charming. Perhaps what makes it even more charming for Xbox owners is that it will release on March 11, 2020 and be available on Xbox Game Pass.
Check out our podcast review HERE.
Steam Game Festival
Everyone likes free games and also free demos to upcoming games. Steam Game Festival is currently going on until December 14th 10am PST on a variety of games to try out the free demo. While this is just available on Steam this year, The Game Awards is hoping to have it available across all the platforms next year. These are the games that you can try out:
- Wooden Nickel
- Acid Knife
- System Shock
- Chicory: A Colorful Tale
- Tactical Galactical
- Moving Out
- Heavenly Bodies
- The Drifter
World Premiere: Weird West (Wolfeye Studios)
Previously Arkane Studios is now changed to Wolfeye Studios and teamed up with Devolver Digital, they are opening up a new game called Weird West
Set in the alternate West, a land of opportunity, ancient powers and strange entities roaming the landscape. The game shows creative art visuals with a top down style in this upcoming action role-playing game which will appeal to fans of Wasteland 2.
World Premiere: Magic Legends
The second Magic announcement goes to upcoming MMO called Magic Legends. The trailer looks pretty cool with all werewolves and humans and all the fun stuff that the Magic world has to offer. We’re not an expert over here in the franchise. If you are, then you might want to sign up for the beta today HERE.
Path of the Warrior
Oculus Game Studios is hard at work making immersive VR experiences and Path of the Warrior is their latest offering which is available now.
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is no doubt a highly anticipated title. Up to now, they have been releasing very good trailers with a good mix of cinematic and gameplay. Being the longest trailer at the show this year, this new trailer offers up a more in-depth look at the story they are telling while giving a nice look at the blood and animation and the vivid colors and a combat scene suitably paired with The Game Awards Orchestra. Ghost of Tsushima will release in Summer 2020.
Gears is one of the most beloved franchises in the Xbox Exclusives world which they have built up over the course of the popular third person shooter series only to shake things up this time with turn-based tactical combat strategy game which will no doubt instantly appeal to the XCOM fans
Paired with movie cinematic and a deep story, Gears Tactics will have 40+ hours campaign and will be both a personalized and brutal gaming experience. As with the more recent Gears games, Gears Tactics will be available on Xbox Game Pass upon release on April 28, 2020.
Hailing from a Chinese studio 24 Entertainment, Naraka Bladepoint looks surprisingly nice as it start off with a slice of Peking Opera and deliver some vibrant colors and a female protagonist clad in red, with hints of both Chinese and Japanese styles with blades as weapons in this upcoming multiplayer ninja melee combat game set for release in 2020.
World Premiere: Nine to Five
No doubt a wacky way to start off a trailer to see this pastel colors with dancing bunnies with machine guns jumping around but it quickly swaps over to a much more serious mercenary going in for another day at the job in this upcoming first person shooter that will have a focus on strategic gameplay and emphasize on creating teams and making tactical changes to different issues the game will have. You can now sign up for the alpha HERE.
Black Desert Mobile
Black Desert Mobile is now available on Android and iOS.
World Premiere: New World
New World starts off its trailer a little like watching a game version of the movie Annihilation with a lot of creative beauty to come and focus on a fallen statue with multiple faces with draws people from everywhere in search of its power to fall to its corruption. Seemingly led by a female protagonist, this game tells the tale of the search for a promise of power and immortality and the journey and adventure ahead. The trailer is still quite vague but there’s definitely more to see as the release date is in less than half of year set for May 2020.
World Premiere: Convergence: A League of Legends Story
The second League of Legends upcoming game in development is teamed up with Double Stallion Games as the story focuses on the character Echo who creates a device that can manipulate time and tells a rich story of the perils of messing with time.
World Premiere: The Wolf Among Us 2
The Wolf Among Us 2 is a sequel that we’ve been waiting for (at least Kim is) and there was some incredible excitement to hear that this is still happening. There’s still a cautious excitement as Telltale Games did announce before about their closing down and now is working on a new project so as anticipated as this is, its going to be one to see whether it pans out as announced. Telltale Games does need a new engine so we will see what comes of this project. Consider us skeptically optimistic.
Fast & Furious : Crossroads
Calling in the likes of Michelle Rodriguez to announce the new installment to the Fast & Furious franchise seems absolutely perfect. Fast & Furious: Crossroads seems like an arcade racer of sorts imitating the crazy heists and driving tricks that the movie shows off.
How well it will work out is still a little questionable much like the graphics which feel kind of dated. But they did bring in Vin Diesel to bring up the hype and then had them both announce the Game of the Year award as a fantastic way to close up the Awards show in general which they get cool points for. Crossroads is expecting to release May 2020.
With that, this wraps up the trailers and awards recap for The Game Awards 2019!
Any surprises in the The Game Awards? Which games are you most excited for?