Like previous years, the 2019 Game Awards brought with it a ton of big news--none bigger than the reveal of the Xbox Series X, which is officially the name of Microsoft's Project Scarlett. In what’s becoming an annual tradition, show organizer Geoff Keighley promised 10 reveals during the show, and he certainly kept his word--including many unexpected pieces of news.
Below you can find a roundup of all the biggest news from the show so you can get a quick overview of the main announcements, as well as links out to articles that cover each big announcement in more detail.
The Game Awards Winners
This being The Game Awards, awards were given to games--lots of games. Though Death Stranding dominated the nominees (it was up for nine awards) it wasn't nearly as big of a winner when all was said and done. It didn't win The Game Awards 2019 Game of the Year either--that honor went to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Xbox Series X
While Microsoft had previously confirmed its next-gen console as Project Scarlett, at The Game Awards, it unveiled both the system's official name--Xbox Series X--and the hardware's design. It's unconventional looking, to say the least, featuring a PC tower-like design and a square footprint. Additionally, we were able to chat with Microsoft's Phil Spencer to learn much more about Xbox Series X, its new controller, Microsoft's goals, and other topics.
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Xbox Series X Specs Quick Look
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU
- GPU: AMD Navi-based GPU (~12 TFLOPs)
- RAM: GDDR6 SDRAM (capacity not confirmed)
- Storage: NVMe SSD (capacity not confirmed)
- Max Output Resolution: 8K
- Max Refresh Rate: 120Hz
Xbox Series X And Xbox One News
Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2
Paired with the Xbox Series X announcement, Microsoft showed off the second announced game (Halo Infinite technically being the first) for its new console. Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed original from Ninja Theory. A brief cinematic trailer showed Senua chanting and facing off against giants.
Mortal Kombat 11
The next DLC character for Mortal Kombat has been confirmed, and it's another one from outside the MK universe: The Joker. A brief trailer showcased his match intro, but we'll have to wait to see him in action. Luckily, it won't be long, as the Joker DLC is due out in January 2020.
Amazon's New World
The new game from Amazon Game Studios, formerly known as Double Helix Games, has gotten a new trailer. We got a look at the debut trailer for New World, which is an MMO scheduled for release in May 2020.
Bravely Default 2
Square Enix announced the third Bravely Default game, which--as the second mainline game in the series--is confusingly named Bravely Default II. Why is that confusing? Because the second game in the series was called Bravely Second: End Layer. That's two games in the series now marked as the second entry.
Ghost of Tsushima
Sony's State of Play presentation only offered us one half of the latest Ghost of Tsushima trailer. Now we have the rest and a release window! The latest open-world adventure by developer Sucker Punch puts you in control of a lone samurai fighting to liberate the island of Tsushima from invading forces.
Epic had already announced a Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker scene would premiere inside of Fortnite: Battle Royale on December 14, but the studio is providing players with some additional incentive to log in. Those who attend the "screening" will get a free TIE Whisper glider.
Announced at E3 2018, we've heard little about the upcoming Gears spin-off known as Gears Tactics. However, a new trailer was shown at The Game Awards--finally offering an explicit glimpse of what the game will be like and the characters you'll command.
Sons Of The Forest
The frightening survival horror game The Forest is getting a sequel. The trailer, which was entirely in a first-person perspective, showed a group of soldiers in a helicopter crashing into, you guessed it, a forest. What proceeded was a nightmarish montage of semi-human creatures surrounding and pursuing the player. The trailer did not reveal a release date or available platforms.
Riot Forge revealed two new games set in the League of Legends universe during The Game Awards. The first, Ruined King: League of Legends Story, focuses on a set of League champions facing off against monsters and other bosses in turn-based combat. The second game is Convergence: A League of Legends Story, which is an action platformer that allows you to manipulate time.
Weird West is a top-down action RPG and debut game from Wolfeye, the new studio from Dishonored and Prey co-creators Raphael Colantonio and Julien Roby. As its name suggests, it's a "weird" take on the Western genre--a "dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West" that features werewolves and other fantasy creatures. It's published by Devolver Digital and is headed to PC.
The Wolf Among Us 2
One of Telltale's long-dormant franchises is coming back. Former vets from the studio have partnered with AdHoc Studio to continue and co-develop on the second season of The Wolf Among Us. AdHoc is a team built in part by former Telltale employees, working alongside the new Telltale ownership. The game is still in pre-production, so no release date has been confirmed at this time.
Warframe’s Ship Combat Expansion Empyrean
Revealed last year at Tennocon 2018, this new Warframe expansion focuses on ship-combat and team-based squad battles in deep space. It will also feature new gameplay involving the Railijack--a custom ship that every player can acquire, which allows them to travel through space and embark on various missions. It’s available now on PC.
Dark Alliance, being developed by Tuque Games, is a third-person hack-and-slash action RPG, coming to PC and unspecified consoles in the second half of 2020. It’ll feature staple Dungeons & Dragons monsters and characters, including Drizzt Do’Urden and his companions Catti-Brie, Bruenor, and Wulgar.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
A new Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer offered several new shots that showcase its reimagining of the classic RPG. It also features a closer look at Cloud being his cool, calm, and collected self, as well as appearances from other familiar characters from the original.
Gearbox Software revealed that it will publish the upcoming Godfall, a "looter-slasher" coming from developer Counterplay Studios. The third-person action-RPG will release on PlayStation 5. Yes, you read that right.
PUBG Creator's New Game
In a rather surprising turn of events, we got a glimpse at PUBG creator Brendan Greene's new game. Titled Prologue, the teaser didn't offer any specific details aside from a brief shot of a mysterious forest. Still, the trailer is well worth watching for the intrigue of it all.
Control "Expeditions" Mode DLC
Control's first DLC has arrived. Developer Remedy Entertainment launched a free mode, called Expeditions, for the critically-acclaimed third-person shooter. You can download the DLC now. It may not be a full-on expansion, but it should hold you over until the first one launches on March 26, 2020.
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