The Game Awards 2020 recap: Winners, game premieres and more

The Game Awards 2020

All the details on what was announced, which games took home big wins and everything else from The Game Awards 2020

The Game Awards 2020 aired live online Thursday, showing off lots of new games and celebrating the winners of all the yearly awards at the show, which was presented in a mostly-virtual format with live feeds of guests and presenters from all over the world.

Among the biggest announcements were a new Perfect Dark, a spiritual sequel in the Left 4 Dead series called Back 4 Blood, a new Dragon Age, Ark 2 starring Vin Diesel, Master Chief in Fortnite and perhaps the biggest announcement of the evening, a new game in the Mass Effect series.

Staying with Game Awards tradition, there were lots of exciting guest appearances, most of which were remote through services such as Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the highlights included performances by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder of “Future Days”, which was featured in The Last of Us: Part II, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

The show also featured appearances by Reggie Fils-Aimé, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Nolan, Brie Larson, Gal Galdot, Tom Holland, Nolan North, Troy Baker and of course the show’s host and creator, Geoff Keighley, among others.

In addition to finding out the winners of the various awards and honors at The Game Awards every year, a big part of the fun is seeing which new games will be announced and tuning in for new footage and news on current and upcoming games.

And there are a lot of people who tune in each year to see the winners, new games and all the festivities. According to The Game Awards official website, 49 million people tuned in last year.

We’ve put together a recap of all the big World Premiere announcements, new game trailers, gaming news and updates and every other note worthy mention at the show. Take a look below. You can also watch a full replay of the show here or below, via The Game Awards on YouTube.

Game Awards 2020: World premieres, updates, new trailers and gaming news

  • WP: Mass Effect “will continue”
  • WP: Among Us – the Airship map coming next year
  • WP: Evil West – coming 2021 (Multi)
  • WP: Monster Hunter: Rise – coming 2021 to Nintendo Switch
  • WP: The Elder Scrolls Online: Gate of Oblivion – coming 2021
  • WP: It Takes Two – new game from the producer or A Way Out coming March 26, 2021
  • WP: Returnal – March 19, 2021 (PlayStation)
  • WP: Microsoft Flight Simulator – coming to Xbox next summer
  • WP: Ghosts N Goblins Resurrection coming Feb. 25, 2021
  • WP: Evil Dead: The Game – coming next year (Multi)
  • WP: Ark 2 starring Vin Diesel, plus Ark: The Animated Series coming in 2022
  • WP: Season (PlayStation)
  • WP: Crimson Desert – Winter 2021
  • WP: Dragon Age
  • WP: Warhammer 40,000: Darktide gameplay
  • WP: The Callisto Protocol – coming 2022 (Multi)
  • WP: Back 4 Blood – a new game in the Left 4 Dead series coming June 22, 2021 (Multi)
  • WP: Perfect Dark (Xbox)
  • WP: Open Roads starring Keri Russell and Kaitlyn Dever
  • WP: Sephiroth joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this month (Switch)
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut – free upgrade coming for all players
  • Cyberpunk 2077 DLC coming to Forza Horizon 4
  • Capcom Arcade Studio coming February 2021 with 1943 for free and more DLC packs (Switch)
  • Fortnite Halo crossover announced with Master Chief and Blood Gulch Capture the Flag coming to the game
  • Fall Guys Christmas DLC coming Dec. 15
  • Warframe Unreal Tournament crossover available to play now on Epic Games Store
  • Sea of Solitude: The Director’s Cut coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on March 4, 2021 (Switch)

There were, of course, lots of awards given at this year’s show as well. In fact, there were 30 categories for awards this time around. The Game of the Year winner for 2020 was none-other-than The Last of Us: Part II.

Among the other big winners were:

  • Best Action Game: Hades (Multi)
  • Best Action/Adventure: The Last of Us: Part II (PS4)
  • Best Art Direction: Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
  • Best eSports Game: League of Legends (Multi)
  • Best Family Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
  • Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Multi)
  • Best Game Direction: The Last of Us: Part II (PS4)
  • Best Indie Game: Hades (Multi)
  • Best Mobile Game: Among Us (Multi)
  • Best Multiplayer: Among Us (Multi)
  • Best Narrative: The Last of Us: Part II (PS4)
  • Best Ongoing: No Man’s Sky (Multi)
  • Best Performance: Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us: Part II (PS4)
  • Best RPG: Final Fantasy VII Remake (Multi)
  • Best Score and Music: Final Fantasy VII Remake (Multi)
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Tony’s Hawk’s Pro-Skater 1+2 (Multi)
  • Best VR/AR: Half-Life: Alyx (PC)
  • Games for Impact: Tell Me Why (Multi)
  • Innovation in Accessibility: The Last of Us: Part II (PS4)
  • Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring
  • Player’s Voice: Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)

Want to see what other games took home the big awards this year? Head over to the official Game Awards website for a full list of winners.

What did you think of the show? Let us know in the comments section or head to our Facebook or Twitter pages to let your voice be heard.

Published by Daniel Wilson

I've been involved in journalism for 20+ years and recently earned my Bachelor's degree. Please visit both www.saccitygamer.com and www.dwilsononline.com for more information.

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