Video games do not yet have an equivalent to industry awards ceremonies like the Emmys or the Oscars, but they’re getting there. There are two kinds of awards given in the biz—the quieter sort from trade conventions like the Game Developers Conference, and the splashier kind that vies for a more mainstream audience. Last night’s The Game Awards falls in the latter category.
While plenty of games were celebrated, The Game Awards had a strange preoccupation with pulling double duty as a press conference for a slew of games that will come out over the next year. While it’s a puzzling distraction from the games the show is ostensibly celebrating, they often manage to include some interesting reveals. Here are the best sneak peeks:
No Man’s Sky
The most stunning game of last year’s iteration of the show, the VGX, No Man’s Sky was a show-stopper of a game made by a handful of people. This year, the game returned, showing off more gorgeous alien planetscapes, but not much else, unfortunately. Still, this one is worth watching.
The Order: 1886
Unless Victorian-era soldiers fighting werewolves is your thing, first looks at The Order didn’t appear all that exciting. It seemed a little too self-serious, a little too dry, a little too turgid. The latest glimpse looks different. Goofy. Fun.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Here’s a tease: hidden in this trailer there’s a new playable character. Developer CD Projekt Red won’t say who it is. Either way, Wild Hunt continues to look like an awfully exciting RPG.
King’s Quest is a seminal title in video game history—the original 1983 adventure game by Roberta Williams is cited as a major influence by the likes of Ron Gilbert, the legendary creator of Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island. So it was a great surprise, and a heartwarming moment, to see a new King’s Quest game announced onstage, with Roberta Williams herself present to give her blessing to the new development studio The Odd Gentleman.
That title is pretty self explanatory. It’s a Mario game about making Mario games. If you don’t think that’s delightful, there’s not much I can do for you.
Metal Gear Online
A big part of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be Metal Gear Online. Hopefully, it will be a lot smoother and less convoluted than the first iteration of Metal Gear Online, which was interesting, but quite difficult to get into. This, however, looks like a huge improvement.
Facepunch studios is a developer known for a couple obscure but well-loved games: the quirky Half-Life 2 mod-turned-full-video-game Garry’s Mod, and the in-development but still-playable survival game Rust. Their newest project is Before, a game by indie developer Bill Lowe. It’s still very early in development, so there isn’t any sense of how the game will work, but it sure is pretty.
Adrift looks a lot like Gravity. Gravity was a fantastic film. Adrift looks like a fantastic experience. I can’t wait to play it.
Details are pretty scarce in this first glimpse of Tacoma, but that’s okay. It’s the next game from Fullbright Games, the studio responsible for Gone Home, one of the best games of last year. Whatever comes next, it’s bound to be interesting.
For more on The Game Awards, including the list of winners and nominees, swing by the official website.