The Game Awards 2020 wrapped up last week honoring the absolute best of the gaming industry from the past year. Fans and players across the world were waiting excitedly to see which studios would take home awards wins and more importantly, the coveted Game of the Year award. The organizers behind the big awards show had a lot more in store for the viewers besides showcasing the best titles from 2020. Here are some of the most exciting new games that were announced at The Game Awards 2020.
Perfect Dark Returns
Good day, Miss Dark. Yes, the talented team at @TheInitiative will be taking us back to the future of espionage in their reimagining of the Perfect Dark universe! We're very impressed by everything we've seen so far, and we hope you're all equally excited for Jo's return. https://t.co/eAnIUT2aq5
— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) December 11, 2020
It was a shocking surprise for fans of the Perfect Dark franchise but it was a welcome reveal. Fans have been pining for a return to the series which kicked of on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000. The first Perfect Dark served as a spiritual successor to the immensely successful GoldenEye 007 from developers Rare. It's been over twenty years but the fans finally get what they want.
A remaster of the original game released in 2010 but fans have been sans a proper Perfect Dark followup ever since. Spy and bounty hunter Joanna Dark appeared in the short reveal trailer from The Initiative, Microsoft's new studio which opened in 2018.
Rare tipped its hat toward the impending new entry by stating that the studio was “very impressed by everything we've seen so far.” No details yet on a potential release date but the game will most likely launch as an Xbox exclusive.
The Next Dragon Age
Bioware kicked off its massive night of reveals with a vague trailer for the next entry in the Dragon Age franchise. The brief trailer was lacking in any substantial details but serves as an assurance that a sequel is in production. It wasn't much of a surprise to die-hard fans that were all but expecting a follow-up to Dragon Age: Inquisition. It's still a long way away before we get anything substantial but having the teaser serves as a good confirmation. At the very least, we have the nifty new video to keep us company in our waiting.
The Return of Shepard?
Bioware's second time on the stage proved to be infinitely more satisfying than its first attempt. The studio surprised fans with a teaser for the next Mass Effect game. The trailer almost confirms the series' return to the Milky Way setting after the disappointing Mass Effect: Andromeda.
There's no confirmation whether or not we'll see our favorite Commander but one familiar face welcomed us back to the universe. Mass Effect crewmate Liara T'soni appeared towards the end of the video picking up a shard of N7 armor. It doesn't help that Liara's race is known to live over 1000 years so there's no telling what time period it will be set in. One thing is certain, “this is my favorite teaser on the Citadel.”
A Diesel-fueled Ark
No one ever expected Vin Diesel to appear in a game trailer and no one expected a sequel to the dinosaur-themed survival title Ark but here we are. For better or for worse, Ark has a sequel in the works, and it's set to star Vin Diesel. Details were sparse except for a brilliantly choreographed dinosaur battle. Hopefully, developers Studio Wildcard will be able to fill us in on the details in the near future.
Alongside the first trailer was an announcement for Ark: The Animated Series. The reveal came with its own teaser and featured a surprising cast list of prominent actors. Gerard Buttler, Malcolm McDowell, David Tennant, Elliot Page, Karl Urban, Russel Crow, and of course, Vin Diesel, have all been confirmed for the animated series.
Wildcard offered a thrilling 1-2 combination but we're still reeling. Hopefully, we'll find out more once the studio blesses us with details.
Dead Space's spiritual successor
Former Dead Space executive producer Glen Schofield revealed his next project during the awards night. The Callisto Protocol is touted as a fresh take on the survival horror genre. The new game is as exciting as it is horrifying.
Striking Distance Studios, a new game studio helmed by Schofield, spearheads development on the new space horror story. The game is allegedly set on the Jupiter moon Callisto in 2320. It's been a while since players have had a terrifying romp in space but I guess The Calisto Protocol has us covered.
There were several other titles revealed and new DLC content announced across the awards show. No global pandemic can stop the march of passionate and dedicated game developers. Hopefully, we'll receive more details about these exciting games in the near future.