At Least a Dozen "World Premieres" Promised for the Game Awards

Geoff Keighley promises fireworks on Friday evening; Metal Gear Online to debut.

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The inaugural Game Awards show will set the stage for as many as twelve "world premieres", the event's producer has announced.

Geoff Keighley, a broadcast journalist who helped establish the new awards event, made the promise on his personal Twitter account, stating "this Friday night we will showcase more than a dozen world premieres."

It is unclear how many of these premieres will be of new, previously unannounced games. One already confirmed is Metal Gear Solid Online--the multiplayer component of Konami's 2015 title, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. GameSpot understands that at least one other "premiere" will showcase a game already announced and far into development.

The Game Awards 2014 will take place Friday, December 5, starting at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern / 2 AM UK. GameSpot will bring you all the winners as they're annnounced.

Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Hearthstone, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are up for the top prize of overall Game of the Year.

Dark Souls II, Hearthstone, Shadow of Mordor, and South Park: The Stick of Truth lead the way with three nominations each across all categories. Meanwhile, Nintendo was the most nominated publisher with 12 nominations.

Below is a breakdown of nominees by category. Nominees were selected by a jury of 28 international media outlets, including GameSpot and sister site Giant Bomb.

Game of the Year:

  • Bayonetta 2
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Hearthstone
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Independent Game:

Best Narrative:

Best Performance:

  • Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf -- The Wolf Among Us
  • Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons -- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine -- The Walking Dead -- Season 2
  • Trey Parker as various voices -- South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Troy Baker as Talion -- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Remaster:

Best Action/Adventure:

Best Fighting Game:

Best Sports/Racing Game:

Best Shooter:

Best Role-Playing Game:

Best Family Game:

Best Online Experience:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Dark Souls II
  • Destiny
  • Hearthstone
  • Titanfall

Best Mobile/Handheld Game:

  • Bravely Default
  • Hearthstone
  • Monument Valley
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Threes!

Developer of the Year:

  • Blizzard
  • Monolith
  • Nintendo
  • Telltale
  • Ubisoft Montreal

Best Score/Soundtrack:

Games for Change:

Most Anticipated Game:

eSports Player of the Year:

eSports Team of the Year:

  • Samsung White (League of Legends)
  • Evil Geniuses (DOTA2)
  • Edward Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Newbee (DOTA2)
  • Ninjas in Pajamas (Counter-Strike: GO)

Trending Gamer:

  • Evan "Vanoss" Fong
  • Jeff Gerstmann
  • PewDiePie
  • StampyLongHead
  • TotalBiscuit

Best Fan Creation:

  • BEST Zelda Rap EVER!! By Egoraptor
  • Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
  • Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song) by Tobuscus
  • Minecraft -- TITAN City by Colonial Puppet
  • Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

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