Game Awards : The Game Awards 2018 is tonight and we expect plenty of exciting announcements, celebrity presenters, musical performances and, of course, recognition of the best games of the year.
There’s a tension in the air at most award shows — but the annual Game Awards are a bit different. Sure, there’s still a lot of anticipation over who is going to win game of the year, but the real excitement takes place between the awards: trailers, announcements and DLC reveals.
It’s like a mini-E3 with a red carpet, and it’s quickly becoming one of the biggest nights of the year in game announcements. It’s where we first saw games like Bayonetta 3 and SoulCalibur VI, and got one of our best early looks at Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.
Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss the announcements or the awards.
The Game Awards start at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 6. If you happen to live on the other side of the planet, the show will start on Friday morning sometime between 1:30 a.m. (GMT) and 11:30 a.m. (GMT+11).
New game announcements and trailers are easily half the draw for the awards show — and we already know a few big ones are coming. Ubisoft has already announced that it will be showing off something new from the Far Cry franchise at the event, and the official Game Awards Twitter account has said that it will be hosting an exclusive new look at Anthem during the show.
There’s also buzz on the web that we might see a Crash Team Racing remake, more details on Death Stranding and more. There’s even an off chance we might hear more about that open-world Harry Potter game that was allegedly leaked earlier this year.
On top of those promises, a handful of publishers have very directly hinted their own announcements. Nintendo has been talking up the Game Awards as a pre-game to the release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, implying it may tease the game’s first DLC during the show. Similarly, Obsidian has made it clear that it’s gearing up to announce a new RPG, and Epic’s Donald Mustard will be on site with a mysterious Fortnite announcement.
According to Game Awards host Geoff Keighley, there will be at least 10 brand-new game reveals in all, not including new trailers for previously announced games or DLC announcements. That’s a lot of news to look forward to.
There are a ton of awards being handed out in a staggering array of categories — this list doesn’t include everything, but here are the biggest ones.