The Game Awards 2020 Recap: Announcements and Winners
With so many exciting new announcements, a short recap of the 2020 Game Awards is in order! Last night was packed to the gills with exquisite game reveals and an equally impressive awards ceremony. It was a night when some of the industry’s biggest names and most prominent studios convened (albeit in an online format) to celebrate the most successful and revered among them. And, as is usual, hundreds of thousands of gamers across the globe tuned in with great interest to see their biggest favorites and personalities get a bit of recognition.
All in all, it was a great show that delivered on all fronts! Unlike last year’s, however, there wasn’t any mind-blowing hardware reveal, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything exciting to go over. On the contrary!
With that out of the way, let’s begin with our 2020 The Game Awards recap!
There were so many exciting game reveals last night that we pretty much lost count! Here are some of the most memorable trailers and announcements!
- Sephiroth is the latest addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s ever-growing fighter roster! He’ll ship as a part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 that’s scheduled for release on December 31st.
- Perfect Dark is a remake of a pretty old (but much loved) IP from 2000. It’s currently in development by The Initiative, one of many Microsoft’s first-party game studios. And if this teaser trailer is any indication, it should be one heck of a ride!
- Microsoft Flight Simulator, one of the most mind-blowing games in recent history, will be coming to Xbox Series S/X in the summer of 2021. And, of course, you’ll get it for free if you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber!
- Bioware surprised us all with a teaser of a brand-new Mass Effect! The game is still in early production, but it’s impossible not to be hyped for what’s to come!
- If you’re a fan of Left 4 Dead, then you definitely have a reason to celebrate! Back 4 Blood is developed by the same studio and will follow pretty much the exact same zombie-killing formula. But hey — that’s exactly what we need! And boy does it look amazing.
- The Callisto Protocol is developed by some of the folks who created the original Dead Space. And, of course, it’s a sci-fi horror that’s going to leave a mark on your psyche. This one is not for the faint of heart!
- We’ve also gotten a short glimpse of the brand-new Dragon Age. It’s not a lot, but we’ll take it! No further details have been disclosed by either EA or Bioware.
- Ark 2 is the sequel we didn’t even know we wanted. Expect much of the same formula from the first game, but this time with Vin Diesel as one of the main lead characters. A strange combination, but far from a bad one!
- Season is perhaps one of the biggest, most jaw-dropping surprises of the evening. Well, that heavily depends on your personal preference, but it’s impossible not to stand in awe after watching such a sorrowful and yet immensely relaxing trailer. It’s a PlayStation 5 exclusive, and if you’re a fan of games like Firewatch and Journey, you’ll feel right at home!
- Open Roads is a new game developed by the studio behind Gone Home. And, much like their breakthrough hit, it’s a narrative-driven experience that’ll surely pack an emotional punch.
- It Takes Two is developed by the folks over at Hazelight, most known for A Way Out. It’s a fairly interesting, “genre-bending co-op” experience that’s scheduled for release on March 26th!
- Among Us is getting a brand-new map! And you’ll be able to revel in its full glory in just a couple of months!
- Master Chief is the latest character to crossover into Fortnite!
- We’ve also gotten a first glimpse at some oh-so-alluring Ruined King gameplay! If you’re a fan of the League of Legends universe, then you’ll feel right at home with this one!
For a full list of TGA 2020 trailers, we suggest you head over to IGN’s YouTube channel!
Game reveals are just one half of the equation — the awards ceremony, one could argue, is equally as exciting! Here’s the full list of winners from last night!
Game of the Year — The Last of Us: Part 2
Best Game Direction — The Last of Us: Part 2
Best Narrative — The Last of Us: Part 2
Best Art Direction — Ghost of Tsushima
Best Score — Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Best Audio Design — The Last of Us: Part 2
Best Performance — Laura Bailey as Abby, The Last of Us: Part 2
Games for Impact — Tell Me Why
Best Ongoing Game — No Man’s Sky
Best Indie Game — Hades
Best Mobile Game — Among Us
Best Community Support — Fall Guys
Best VR/AR Game — Half-Life: Alyx
Innovation in Accessibility — The Last of Us: Part 2
Best Action Game — Hades
Best Action-Adventure — The Last of Us: Part 2
Best Role-Playing Game — Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Best Family Game — Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Best Fighting Game — Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Best Strategy/Simulator — Microsoft Flight Simulator
Best Sports/Racing Game — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Best Multiplayer — Among Us
Best Debut Game — Phasmophobia
Best Esports Game — League of Legends
Most Anticipated Game — Elden Ring
Content Creator of the Year — Valkyrae
Esports Athlete — Heo “Showmaker” Su (from DAMWON Gaming)
Esports Coach — Danny “Zonic” Sorensen
Esports Event — League of Legends World Championship 2020
Esports Game — League of Legends
Esports Host — Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Esports Team — G2 Esports
The fact that The Last of Us: Part 2 dominated to such a staggering degree should come as no surprise. It is, after all, one of the best games ever made. Our sincere congratulations to all of this year’s winners!