VGX 2013 Video Game Awards before the show round-up

Facts, rumors, and wild speculation, here's everything we know (and we think we know) about this year's awards show.

UPDATE: Want to see how it all turned out? Read the biggest announcements from the show right here.

The 2013 VGX (previously known as the Spike Video Game Awards) will be held tomorrow night starting at 6 p.m. EDT. The three-hour long show promises numerous worldwide reveals and exclusive information about some of the franchises you know and love. Plus, there will be surprises. We love surprises. To get you ready for the show, we've prepared a primer with everything we know--and everything we think we know--about tomorrow night's event.

(Programming note: show starts at 3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT at VGXLive.com, or through Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Twitch, Hulu, Yahoo, iOS, or Android. We'll be with you through the night reporting on the news and posting the trailers).

If you were upset over the way in which past year's shows emphasized celebrities over content, 2013 may be the time to tune in again. Viacom Entertainment Group event production head Casey Patterson said he understands this concern, and made clear that event organizers are "stripping away anything that takes time away from world premieres and interviews with the community of game developers that the fans want to hear from."

Here's a rundown of what to expect from the 2013 VGX. And let's get this out of the way up front: Nothing from Bethesda will be at the show, including the long-awaited Fallout 4.

Hosts:

Community's Joel McHale and Geoff Keighely of Spike TV.

Musical Event:

A live performance of songs from the game's official soundtrack and hosted by Loiter Squad (Adult Swim). Featuring performances by:

  • A$AP Rocky
  • The Chain Gang of 1974
  • Jay Rock
  • Loiter Squad (as Tyler, the Creator)
  • Woody Jackson, The Alchemist, and Oh No will perform selections from the GTA 5 score
  • Other Special guests

What we know:

South Park: The Stick of Truth - Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be on-hand with an "exclusive sneak peek" at the upcoming stylized role-playing game.

Destiny - Bungie promises to share "a detail or two" concerning its upcoming shared-world shooter.

Titanfall - We're promised a look at new Titanfall content.

What are you hoping to see from Destiny during the show?

Quantum Break - Remedy will show off gameplay for the mysterious transmedia game.

Broken Age - Wil Wheaton was just revealed as the lastest member of the cast, and Double Fine promised another big voice actor reveal at the show.

Dying Light - From the makers of Dead Island comes a new zombie-themed open-world survival game, which is split into two parts: night and day. Perhaps we'll learn a release date.

Tom Clancy's The Division - Prepare yourself for the first in-engine footage.

Thief - Square Enix has said the game will make an appearance at the show. But beyond that, there's nothing to go on. We already know the release date and platforms, so what's left?

Tomb Raider - We know some form of Tomb Raider news is planned. Last month, Amazon posted a product listing for a Tomb Raider Definitive Edition for PS4. Plus, there's a sequel in development.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - A new in-game trailer is promised for one of 2014's most anticipated role-playing games. Will it live up to the hype?

Mystery Wii U game - Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, making his first appearance in the show's ten-year history, will be on-hand to provide a "new look at an upcoming Wii U game."

Mystery indie game - Described only as "very special game."

What's Nintendo Showing?

We took an informal poll of the GameSpot editors, asking "What will Nintendo show at the VGX awards?" They were given the following choices: Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros. Wii U, New unannounced game (not Zelda), Zelda Wii U, Other. Here's how the answers panned out:

What does the "X" in "VGX" stand for?

The VGX, were previously called the Spike VGAs. Other than avoiding the redundancy of saying VGA awards, where did the name change come from, and what does X stand for? We have no idea! Here are our top 5 guesses:

  1. Video Game Xtreme
  2. Video Game Experience
  3. Video Game Extravaganza
  4. Video Game Excellence
  5. Video Game Extreeeeeeeemmmmmmeeeee

Wild Speculation:

Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Editor: Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but wouldn't it be wild if Microsoft gives a proper glimpse at the all-new Halo game for Xbox One? That would be a great Christmas present, indeed. I'm also crossing my fingers for something from Gears of War studio Epic Games, and I don't mean Fortnite. I would embrace a next-gen Gears of War title, but would be even more psyched about an all-new shooter franchise. Lastly, I am hoping against hopes that Respawn announces a beta for Titanfall during the show. It's a multiplayer-only game, so you'd think a proper stress test would be in order, no?

Justin Haywald, GameSpot Senior Editor: I expect we'll see at least a little more Uncharted and Last of Us DLC. And maybe we'll learn what the Xbox-exclusive DLC for Metal Gear Solid V will be. But, so soon after the consoles launched, will there really be any big surprises? Last year brought us Dark Souls II, so I'm going to go out on a limb for this year and say the big announcement for VGX 2013 will be...Spelunky 2.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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73 comments
meatz666
meatz666

Does the X stand for Doritos And Mountain Dew?

deathstream
deathstream

Why is Spike TV doing an awards show, but not showing an awards show?

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

VGX is garbage. The last of us and Demon Soul are the two the greatest of games this GEN. F* you VGX

idosofacility
idosofacility

Extreeeeeeeeeeeeeweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemeeeeeeeeee! LOL! #N32 

Amin_and_Azizah
Amin_and_Azizah

I'm sure that Nintendo realizes that this show is dude-bro central. There is no way that they will be showcasing Super smash bros.as their world premiere game. The staff here should realize that Nintendo said that this would be a first-time look at it on announced title. I do not know what that title could be but I'm hoping that it would be a next generation version of Giest or Eternal Darkness.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

I didn't know The Division's E3 demo was pre-rendered footage.  Colour me terribly disappointed.  

atakanovic
atakanovic

Excited to see some Witcher 3 footage. I hope they also give us a release date. I also really really and really wanna see Mass Effect 4 and some Dragon Age: Inquisition footage.

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Watch Reggie talk about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and how you can now play as Cranky Kong...yay >_>

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Anything about future RPGs or nintendo games will make my day.

Garm31
Garm31

The Witcher 3 will be an Elder Scrolls killer, I can feel it. Since it's likely greedy Bethesda will turn ESVI into an MMO and bury the series forever.

johngiv
johngiv

The X stands for 10. It's the 10th video game awards.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

the new Zelda Wii U! coming out 2014. (my Christmas wish)

ace-meza
ace-meza

the show will end up with a bang...UNCHARTED 4 GAMEPLAY TRAILER

drytal
drytal

Bring on the RPGSSSSSSS.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

Will wheaton is making his rounds. He was just on the big bang theory thursday night.

brunod_f
brunod_f

How much time left for it to start, people? Just so i know what time it will be in my country

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

"Mystery Wii U game - Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, making his first appearance in the show's ten-year history, will be on-hand to provide a "new look at an upcoming Wii U game.""

Doesn't that probably just mean new footage of something like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze...?

cali215
cali215

The division!!!!! Take my money now

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

I am predicting the new RDR will be announced.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

They are going to announce Ride To Hell Renegade. Its a worse version of Ride to hell Retribution its not the Sequel we need but its the one we deserve as whiny gamers

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

wtf is that giant nutsack floating above the ground in the picture?

brockelley
brockelley

Am I the only one who thinks Witcher games have all been great, but after a day of playing them they get boring...fast?

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

With Infamous being released being released in March, Driveclub will get a summer release date and The Order will have a fall release date. We will also see 17 sec of new Uncharted map footage.

R083R70
R083R70

Looking forward to it, but it all will be overshadowed on December 11th.

blackace
blackace

It's going to be shown as a LiveStream. It's not even being televised on Spike TV, which is stupid.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

oh did i miss it? damn, there is absolutely no advertising for this anywhere.

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

How great would it be if Bethesda was lying and Fallout 4 appears and steals the show...

ivanchiz
ivanchiz

1st in-engine footage of The Division? What was shown at E3?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I just want to know about Battlefield 5 and the new Call of Duty, other games are just meh...

GamingGav
GamingGav

Half-Life 3! Probably not, but a man can hope lol.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Trust me on this u GTA fanboys .......... GTA5 will not win GOTY ............ because it will goes too.....................

Garm31
Garm31

The earliest it's 2015. WiiU will be in the bargain bin by then.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@ace-meza They will probably keep that until E3 2014, but maybe some The Order gameplay?

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

@brunod_f 10hrs 15mins.  A spotlight on Thief will start in 10 hrs (15 mins before show starts) if you're interested.  Says on their site:  "show to feature more world premiere game trailers than ever before"

ken_archer17
ken_archer17

@amaneuvering Nintendo is bad at hyping. So it's probably Donkey Kong. They disappointed with hyping Retro's new game with what everyone's expecting to be Metroid but ended up being Donkey Kong. They hyped up their E3 stream as well only to find out that all the games were previously announced.

joshphillips
joshphillips

@amaneuvering With Nintendo doing that so many times in the past it's highly likely.  I hope not though.  I'd love to see something about a new Metroid or Zelda,  but realistically I don't see that happening.  I'll be blown away if it does,  but if anything I bet they'll ask him or something he'll say something like we'll have a few surprises at E3.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

after a day i got really dizzy....

R083R70
R083R70

I wanted to delete this comment to hide my shame but instead figure I deserve it for letting wishful thinking blind me so much.


It's going to come one day but goddamn I just wanted to hear some news so badly...

brockelley
brockelley

@ivanchiz My thoughts exactly...they could have said "pre-alpha", in fact I think they did...but I still don't think it'll look as good as it did at E3..maybe there'll only be a marginal difference but still..

moatasim07
moatasim07

every GTA game has been winning GOTY at Spike Game Awards..........Read Dead Redemption also won............:P :P :P

brunod_f
brunod_f

@DaRq_MiNoS Thanks, man. Guess i'll watch it on GI, though

brockelley
brockelley

@lilrobda1 Overrated. I hope TLOU doesn't get it, so it'll be forgotten quickly..as it should