The Game Awards is coming up and one of the big things about the annual awards show that everyone tunes in for are the world premieres. There's really no point in just staying up late at night to just watch people get handed awards, a lot of gamers want to see some games.
Of course, seeing games is one thing but seeing games that aren't out yet are a whole other thing. There are at least a handful of titles that are coming out early in 2016 that should make an appearance at this year's show with new gameplay and features on display. There are also a few games due out sometime by the middle of 2016 that would also be perfect to appear at some point during the show. So we're covering the 8 big reveals to expect at the 2015 Game Awards. Check them out.
Mirror's Edge CatalystElectronic Arts and DICE have done squat all to promote Mirror's Edge Catalyst, but that's okay. We should definitely expect to see more of this game at The Game Awards given that the title has been dormant since GamesCom earlier this year. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is a response to the high feedback and requests from gamers for more Mirror's Edge content, so hopefully we'll see this title reappear during The Game Awards.
One of the main reasons why this is likely to appear in some form or fashion is because the release date is set for May of 2016. They'll need to start building an audience for that hype train soon. What better place to start than with The Game Awards? It'll give gamers something nice to talk about heading into the new year as the long wait for spring gets underway.
Overkill's The Walking DeadOverkill Software is a taboo subject right now in the inner circles of hardcore gaming. Why? Well, if you bring up Overkill Software it's kind of hard not to mention Payday 2, and if you mention Payday 2 it's kind of hard not to mention that the game now has microtransactions after the developer explicitly said that there wouldn't be any. A lot of goodwill was lost in the process and the tempers of gamers have flared and soured since.
But what does that have to do with The Walking Dead? Well, Overkill is a talented studio and a lot of buzz was generated when they were first announced to have been working on a game based on Robert Kirkland's popular property. But the game has gone dark since and now they have a microtransaction scandal looming overhead. They'll eventually have to address the elephant in the room, but they might be able to do so by easing in with a really good trailer at The Game Awards to distract people from the Payday 2 debacle. But the question is: is The Walking Dead big enough to overshadow Overkill's transgressions?
Far Cry PrimalUbisoft's Far Cry Primal was a real divergence for the series. It's always been about the wild and survival, but no one expected a stone age game. As the title depicts, the game is a first-person action title set within the primal stone age period. Instead of guns and rocket launchers, gamers will have spears and rocks at their disposal. I have no idea how this is going to last eight full hours of gameplay but we'll see what Ubisoft pulls out.
With a release date set for February, 2016, Ubisoft will need to start the hype train soon. There really is no better time than to unveil some big gameplay footage at The Game Awards to help give gamers an idea of what to expect from the title and maybe introduce some more of the gameplay. I imagine there has to be more than just hunting animals with bows, spears and rocks. That's not to mention that the game could get boring real fast if there's nothing else to it. So Ubisoft will need that opportunity to show something big at The Game Awards.
Dark Souls 3Bandai Namco technically doesn't have to show off a darn thing. I mean, they're set. Dark Souls 3 looks like a great game; the controls look smooth, the animations are spot-on, the combat is vastly improved. However, they may want to secure some solid attention leading toward their spring release. A new trailer showing new gameplay footage obviously can't hurt.
There's still plenty of content we haven't seen of Dark Souls 3, and The Game Awards is a global event that allows gamers from all over the world to witness all sorts of games soon to be released and coming down the pipeline. Dark Souls 3, even if nothing new or grand is showcased, would still be a nice buffer to remind gamers that it's on the way. Besides, there won't be any other big shows before the game's release to help with the hype train.
The Legend of ZeldaNintendo's last big outing for the Wii U is suspected to be the next-generation Legend of Zelda. The game is a masterpiece for as far as most people can discern from the little footage that has been gleaned from the teaser trailers. The game is basically aiming to be as big as Skyrim and makes unique use of the Wii U's GPGPU to achieve a signature look all its own. The game has been repeatedly delayed, but it looks like it has a locked in release date of 2016.
At the 2014 Game Awards Nintendo revealed some exclusive new footage at the event courtesy of Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma. Given how close Geoff Keighley is to Nintendo, and how they usually like to show off new footage during the Game Awards, it only makes sense that closing out 2015 we get a brand new look at The Legend of Zelda running on the Wii U to keep the hype fueled and gamers' bodies ready.
Mass Effect: AndromedaElectronic Arts makes the list yet again, this time with the very much anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda from BioWare. This is another hotly anticipated game where gamers are curious where it fits into the timeline with the other three games and what the player character's role will be in the game.
The Game Awards is the perfect opportunity to finally unveil some gameplay for the title and whet the anticipation that is dripping from the mouths of gamers from the world around who can't wait to get their hands on the game. Maybe we'll get to see a bit more than just the Mako and some cinematics? I guess we'll find out at The Game Awards.
Uncharted 4Sony and Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4 was originally due for release in the fall, set to compete head to head against Crystal Dynamics Rise of the Tomb Raider. However, things didn't quite turn out the way some gamers wanted and now it's facing a spring release on the PlayStation 4 On March 18th, 2015. The hype train is already rolling but I'm sure Sony will want to take an opportunity at The Game Awards to chuck some extra coals into the engine of excitement and push the hype train just a bit faster.
A new gameplay video showing off a new level would be grand. Given that the game should be a lot closer to being finished by the time The Game Awards rolls around, it would only make sense to give gamers a taste of the third-person, action-adventure title with a new trailer. Anything new will likely be enough to make gamers tip over with glee, and it would be the perfect way to lead into the new year with some fresh hype for Uncharted 4.
ReCoreThe Xbox One exclusive from Keiji Inafune and Mark Pacini has been dark since its unveiling at this past year's E3. The game is most certainly due for some kind of promotion to at least start the hype train rolling. Horizon: Zero Dawn has garnered some ample feedback and traction in the community, but ReCore largely seems to have gone ignored for the most part. Expect some of that to change come The Game Awards.
Microsoft and Armature Studios have a pristine time to remind people about the Xbox One exclusive due out in the summer of 2016. The concept seemed kind of cool when it was originally unveiled during this past year's E3, but it would be a perfect opportunity when gamers have their eyes fixated on The Game Awards to unveil some actual gameplay footage. How cool would that be? The game would need to start gaining some promotional ground at some point and this December during The Game Awards would be a perfect opportunity to do so.