The Game Awards 2021: The Matrix Awakens Demo, Halo TV Show, Elden Ring New Trailer and Every Other Announcement

This year included some heavy-hitters.

The Game Awards 2021

The Game Awards has positioned itself right alongside events like E3 as the hotspot for major game announcements and trailers. Each year, The Game Awards feature a great lineup of World Premiers from major AAA studios as well as a great number of indie titles. This year was no different as players got to see some truly exciting gameplay, cinematic trailers, and all kinds of new games.

Major highlights of the event included a brand-new Elden Ring cinematic trailer as well as a glimpse of what players can expect in The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience. Along with this, Ninja Theory showed up with the big guns with a gameplay trailer for Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga that blurred the line between gameplay and cinematics to an extent we’ve never seen before.

The Game Awards 2021: All major World Premiers and game announcements

The Expanse: A Telltale Series

Telltale Games is finally back and their next big project is an adaptation of the hit sci-fi television show, The Expanse. The trailer didn’t let on much but fans of Telltale Games know to expect some quality storytelling, interesting choice-based outcomes, and great writing. It will be interesting to see what kind of changes and improvements Telltale Games might make to their signature formula in order to offer a different experience this time around.

Babylon’s Fall – March 3, 2022

Developed by Platinum Games, the minds behind the fantastic and endlessly influential Bayonetta, Babylon’s Fall is the latest offering from the Japanese developers. The trailer showcases the signature large-scale combat and cinematic flair that Platinum’s previous titles are known for.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

CAPCOM finally unveiled the next major expansion for Monster Hunter Rise, coming to the Nintendo Switch and PC (through Steam). The expansion is set for release in the Summer of 2022, more details will become available closer to launch.

Thirsty Suitors

Thirsty Suitors was easily one of the most interesting titles revealed during The Game Awards. A turn-based strategy game about culture, relationships, and family. The game features all kinds of mechanics, including Skateboarding and Cooking, of all things.

Evil West, 2022

Evil West was announced earlier this year and was a fairly interesting title that seemed like it has a lot of potential. Players finally got to see some gameplay, and from what we’ve seen so far, the game does look pretty solid. The game is slated for release in 2022, but no exact dates have been confirmed yet.

Have a Nice Death, 2022

A 2D-action side scroller, Have a Nice Death puts players in control of the Grim Reaper. The trailer featured a pretty dark yet charming art style and environment that adds a ton of intrigue to the game. The game is expected to launch in 2022, and it looks like it could be one of the best indie titles of the year.

Planet of Lana: An Off-Earth Odyssey

One of the most visually interesting games featured in The Game Awards, Planet of Lana: An Off-Earth Odyssey is a pretty great-looking 3D action sidescroller that features music from Takeshi Furukawa, composer of games like Last Guardian.

Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga

Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga is easily one of the most highly-anticipated Xbox first-party titles and this gameplay trailer is sure to hype up the fanbase even more. According to the dev team, all the footage was captured in-game by the team, and if that is the case, then Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga will probably be one of the biggest landmark achievements in gaming.

The gameplay featured Senua and what it looks like her band of warriors taking on a giant, quite unsuccessfully from the look of it.

Star Wars: Eclipse

It was leaked earlier this year that Quantic Dream has indeed been working on a Star Wars project, and this is the first look fans have gotten yet. Set in the High Republic era, Star Wars Eclipse promises to be a story unlike any other that we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe.

With Quantic Dream’s flair for telling very ambitious cinematic stories, it seems like the Star Wars property is in safe hands. It will be interesting to see what kind of new mechanics Quantic Dream introduces in the game.

Wonder Woman

A fairly brief trailer, but it was enough to send fans of the character into an absolute frenzy. Developed by Monolith Productions, the devs behind the fantastic Middle-Earth games, Wonder Woman easily has the potential to be the next big superhero title.

Alan Wake II

After nearly a decade, Alan Wake returns to the big stage, looking very different from how we remember him. Set for release in 2023, Sam Lake, head Writer of the original and all Remedy games, confirmed that this will be Remedy’s first survival-horror game, as their previous titles have veered more towards action.

Remedy finally embracing the horror elements of their games is music to fans’ ears and Alan Wake II is definitely something to keep an eye on.

Final Fantasy VII REMAKE INTERGRADE

Battle through Midgar with Cloud and Avalanche in FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE, coming to the Epic Games Store on December 16, 2021.

Forspoken, May 24, 2022

Forspoken is one of the most highly anticipated games for the PS5 and the more we see of the game, the more apparent it becomes that the game is about to be one of the most important titles for PlayStation.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, 2022

After a couple of neat cinematic trailers, players finally have a look at what the gameplay of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will look like. In the trailer, the Squad takes on a bunch of Brainiac’s minions as well as The Flash. Set for release in 2022, this will be Rocksteady’s first game since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, 22nd February, 2022

The latest expansion to Destiny 2 features an all-new story featuring an encounter with the terrifying Savathûn, the Witch Queen. The expansion is set for release on 22nd February 2022.

Splitterhead

From the creative minds behind Silent Hill, Splitterhead is the latest offering from Bokeh Game Studio. Featuring a similarly spooky vibe to Silent Hill, Splitterhead showcases some truly great character designs and a hint of atmospheric horror.

Somerville

Somerville looks like a fairly interesting affair in the same vein as games like INSIDE. The game seems to have a strong focus on storytelling as well as atmospheric horror.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

A new Cuphead DLC is heading players’ way on June 30th, 2022 – The Delicious Last Course. Featuring the signature art-style, the DLC looks every bit as challenging as Cuphead fans would ideally want their DLC to be.

Sonic Frontiers, Holiday 2022

Along with a trailer for the movie Sonic: The Hedgehog 2, The Game Awards also featured a trailer for Sonic Frontiers, an all-new offering in the Sonic franchise, headed for release in the Holiday season 2022.

Saints Row, Gameplay Trailer

The Game Awards also featured a new gameplay trailer for the Saints Row reboot, featuring all kinds of over-the-top action as well as customization. The trailer also sheds light on the different gangs present in Saint-dom and the kind of adversity they will be up against.

Dune: Spice Wars

Dune: Spice Wars is a brand-new 4X Real-Time Strategy game set in the world of Dune, featuring the battle of imperial galactic houses over the control of the spice trade on Arrakis.

Metal: Hellsinger

A rhythm first-person shooter, Metal Hellinger is headed for release on the PS4 and PS5 in 2021.

Star Trek: Resurgence, Spring 2022

 

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Asobo Studio and Focus Entertainment finally released a new gameplay trailer A Plague Tale: Requiem, and it looks like players are in for an emotional thrill-ride similar to the first game, but on a far bigger scale. There is a lot more happening in this trailer, including what looks like some kind of naval mechanics as well.

Dying Light 2: Stay Human, Feb 4th 2022

Dying Light 2: Stay Human got an all-new Cinematic Trailer that showcases the kind of frantic action players can expect from the game and the surprising amount of heart the story actually has.

Crossfire X

Crossfire X, developed by Remedy, is easily one of the most exciting multiplayer games headed for release on February 10, 2022.

Halo: A New Series, 2022

This has been an exciting few weeks for Halo fans and its about to get far more exciting. The Game Awards featured a new trailer for the upcoming Halo TV show. The live-action TV series will release in 2022, only on Paramount+.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring got a brand-new trailer that focused more on the narrative and thematic elements of the game rather than the gameplay. As is to be expected of From Software titles, much of the storytelling in the game will happen organically, allowing players to experience as much or as less of the story as they are willing to.

Arc Raiders

Arc Raiders was one of the final few trailers at The Game Awards and it featured some of the most breathtaking visuals in the entire event. The game featured some truly large-scale combat sequences and a genuinely intriguing world and art style. Arc Raiders from Embark Studios is definitely something to keep an eye out for as a potential game-changer.

The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience

Finally, after much secrecy, players finally have somewhat of a clue of what to expect from The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience. The “game” should be available to play now on the Xbox Series X/S and the PS5. The trailer apparently featured gameplay, so it will be interesting to see what actually the “experience” is all about.

 

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