The 2017 Game Awards ceremony did its thing last week, and as the name implies, there were game awards handed out. But every year more and more people tune in to watch the show, not to see proud developers hoist little winged statues above their heads, but for the new game announcements and fresh trailers which have always been a staple of the Game Awards. This year’s event was no exception, and we’ve put together a quick summary of the highlights to come out of the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles.
A Way Out is coming in March, and a friend can join your game for free
We saw A Way Out at E3, but the new gameplay footage shown off at the Game Awards gives us a much better idea of exactly what to expect from this strictly co-op action escapade. Best of all, director Josef Fares says that a friend will be able to join your adventure without having to buy a second copy of the game.
The next Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC is out now, and Link’s got himself some new wheels
There’s a sprawling new trailer for “The Champion’s Ballad”, the second DLC pack for the latest Legend of Zelda, and all anyone seems to want to talk about is his new motorbike. Which looks like a naughty seahorse with wheels.
FromSoftware teased everyone hard, with a bit of bone and some bloodied rope
Dark Souls creator FromSoftware gave us precisely half a minute of, well, something. All it says is “Shadows Die Twice,” which could be a new game title, or just a little bit of a hint for a sequel aimed elsewhere… Bloodborne 2, perhaps? Probably a new game. Your guess is as good as mine.
Have a look at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds desert map, Miramar, in full gameplay action
We’ve all been very excited about a new map coming to PUBG, but haven’t had much to go on, except for its desert setting and a few new vehicles and such. The “Survive the Desert” trailer gives us a good look at the ins and outs of this new battleground, Miramar.
Hideo Kojima put together a massive cinematic trailer for Death Stranding, and we still have no idea what’s going on
The new teaser for Death Stranding may be nearing on the ten minute mark, but still doesn’t bring us much closer to knowing what it’s about, when it’s coming out, and why Daryl Dixon off of the telly is wearing a space suit.
Soulcalibur is making a comeback in 2018
I’d actually forgotten how much I enjoyed Soulcalibur until I saw this trailer. Those trails of light arcing off each sweep of the blade, the clash of steel on steel, the flowing frocks, so much to love. Bandai Namco used the 2017 Game Awards as a platform to tell the world that the esteemed franchise will be back with Soulcalibur VI sometime in 2018.
Witchfire is a dark and gritty new shooter from The Astronauts
The Astronauts’ new game isn’t the follow-up project you would have expected from the creators of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. It’s a brutal, grimy shooter and it looks a lot like living inside a Cradle of Filth music video. Where do I sign up?
Sabre Interactive is making a World War Z game based on Brad Pitt’s zombie apocalypse film
Are we still doing zombie apocalypse stuff? I guess it’s perfect fodder for game developers, huh. As source material goes, 2013’s World War Z is a solid start – it was one of the better zombie flicks to come out of Hollywood in a while, so lets see if Sabre Interactive can recreate that for gaming audiences.
Bayonetta 3 is coming, and it’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive
Nintendo is proving over and over again that the Switch is a legitimate option for the hardcore gamer, not just those with a penchant for moustachioed plumbers and other cuddly characters. Having Bayonetta 3 as an exclusive for the Switch is as exciting as it is surprising.
And that just about wraps it up. Did I miss anything super important? Shout at me about it in the comments below.