The Game Awards 2021 is the latest installment of the annual awards show hosted by Geoff Keighley. Every year, the show gives awards that have been voted on to a variety of games, with Xbox and Bethesda leading the 2021 nominations. In addition to all the awards, this show is also known for big gaming industry reveals, with updates, teasers and surprises from across numerous publishers and indie developers alike.
If you’d like to get up to speed ahead of the show, we’ve got you covered. We’re tracking everything that’s confirmed (or being teased) for the Game Awards 2021, at least so far. Some of these announcements could end up being some of the best Xbox games available.
Everything teased for The Game Awards 2021
Embark Studios, a team in Stockholm led by former EA executives, has teased that its first game, ARC Raiders, will be shown off during The Game Awards 2021.
More Game Pass for PC titles
The Xbox Game Pass for PC Twitter account is teasing several new games being added to Game Pass for PC. These games should be announced during The Game Awards 2021.
Improbable’s new game
Studio Improbable is confirmed to be revealing its new game during The Game Awards 2021. Improbable has traditonally worked on large scale multiplayer games that require a lot of online infrastructure.
The Matrix Awakens
While not technically a game, an Unreal Engine 5 tech demo called The Matrix Awakens will go live during The Game Awards 2021. The tech demo is exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5, featuring actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Something to do with Sonic the Hedgehog
This one’s a bit sketchier, but if this Twitter exchange is anything to go by, a Sonic game might be at The Game Awards 2021.
What won’t be at The Game Awards 2021
While it’s always disappointing knowing that something won’t be at the awards show, it is better to go in with lowered expectations if we know for sure something isn’t going to be present.
Dragon Age 4
Besides some smaller nominations for Call of Duty, Activision Blizzard won’t be present at The Game Awards, according to Keighley. There were questions as to whether The Game Awards would take a stance with the company, which has been embroiled in the aftermath of a workplace harassment lawsuit. While Keighley initially said in a Washington Post interview that he was thinking about how to “navigate” the relationship, he announced over the weekend that the company wouldn’t be a part of the event.
The company previously said that upcoming games like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 had been delayed, so fans weren’t expecting any big announcements.
What are you hoping to see?
Keighley has said in interviews that viewers should expect a number of reveals. In an interview with USA Today, Keighely said “probably six or ten of our games are things that people don’t know exist, but we’re going to reveal them at the show in a fun way.” There’s a lot to look forward to, and we’ll be covering it here at Windows Central.