The Game Awards 2020 -- What Surprises We Could See This Year
The Game Awards normally has some unexpected treats for fans, and there are plenty of potential reveals to theorize on what may make an appearance at this year's show.
The Game Awards 2020 is happening tomorrow, Thursday, December 10, where not only will we see numerous games win awards in various categories, but we can expect to see plenty of unexpected announcements as well. Last year we saw some great reveals with the Xbox Series X, Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga, and The Wolf Among Us 2.
This year, we’re already aware of some announcements to come, including a first look at the new map for Among Us, what we can expect in Season 3 of Fall Guys, and the reveal of Josef Fares’s newest game It Takes Two. But what surprises can we expect this year? Well, I have a few in mind, and these are my best guesses for what might be in store at The Game Awards this year.
Bayonetta 3 Gameplay Trailer
At The Game Awards in 2017, we got a short logo reveal trailer of Bayonetta 3. Since then we haven’t heard a thing from developer PlatinumGames. I was confident going throughout this year that Bayonetta 3 was going to be one of Nintendo’s major holiday titles, and here we are in December with nothing on it. Historically when PlatinumGames has worked with Nintendo in the past, it shows off its games a few months before its actual release.
We saw that last year with its fantastic action title Astral Chain, and it is possible that we’ll see it again with Bayonetta. It would also be a little poetic if we saw the next reveal for the game take place where it was originally announced. I think at this point, everyone just wants to see what Bayo’s new design will be this time around.
A New Character Gets Invited to Smash
Arguably, the biggest surprise in the history of The Game Awards was Joker from Persona 5 being announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. No one expected it, everyone was confused, and it was the most talked-about part of the night. Even now, it’s a crazy thought to grasp. So far this year we have gotten two of the six new characters that are coming to Smash through the newest Fighters Pass, but we’re getting to the point now where it is hard to predict who will come next.
Personally, I’m confident that Monster Hunter will take at least one of those slots in promotion with next year’s Switch exclusive Monster Hunter Rise, but there is no telling whether or not they will come before or after the game’s release in March.
Nintendo has done this before when it added Hero from Dragon Quest to highlight the —at the time— exclusive Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Around the same time last year, I wrote that it was the perfect time to announce Sora from Kingdom Hearts, arguably the most fan-requested addition, but sadly we are still empty-handed.
Following those two characters, I really don’t know who else has a realistic chance outside of Jonesy or another character from Fortnite (please no). Geno, Crono, and Lloyd Irving are also all highly-wanted (and deserving) characters to add to Smash‘s ever-growing roster, but there is nothing viable to suggest that they’re under Nintendo’s crosshairs.
The company didn’t announce a character during last year’s show, but who knows; anything is possible.
Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga
Xbox currently has many first-party titles in the works including Fable, Avowed, and Everwild, but at last year’s Game Awards, Phil Spencer debuted a CGI trailer of the next entry of Hellblade. It would be only fitting if we saw an update this time around. The way things are looking, Hellblade 2 seems to be the next first-party title in line to come out following Halo Infinite next year. Now with developer Ninja Theory under Xbox Games Studios, it will likely have a much bigger budget compared to the first entry of the series.
There are still so many questions regarding what the sequel will be about, especially with how Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice ended. It would be nice to get some of those questions answered during The Game Awards 2020.
Xbox Studio Acquisition/Exclusivity Announcement
Throughout the past few years, Xbox has been acquiring several notable studios including, more recently, the entirety of Zenimax/Bethesda and all the other studios under their umbrella. Even with that massive purchase Xbox and Microsoft are still looking for more, and there have been rumors that Xbox has other plans in motion. Phil Spencer revealed the first look at Xbox Series X at The Game Awards last year, which proves that Microsoft isn’t afraid to drop big reveals at the show.
A few months back I said that Microsoft should acquire developer FromSoftware, and while I learned shortly after that the company legally cannot do so due to Japanese Trade Law, I still think an exclusivity deal could still be on the table.
Xbox needs a Japanese studio that will turn heads and FromSoftware is the developer to do that. Regardless, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see an announcement of this sort. Which studio(s) it will be, however, is a completely different question.
Bethesda is joining the @Xbox family.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) September 21, 2020
Halo Infinite Shows Off New Gameplay
One of the biggest controversies of this year was the delay of Halo Infinite which was initially set to release alongside the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in November. The game received big backlash following footage from a gameplay presentation this summer, with claims that it didn’t look like a next-gen title. 343 Industries confirmed this week that Halo Infinite now has a release window of Fall 2021, so now would be the prime opportunity for Xbox to do a re-reveal, hopefully allowing fans to feel what Xbox originally wanted them to feel when gameplay was shown earlier this year.
Xbox has had more than one announcement at The Game Awards in the past, so it isn’t crazy to think that we will receive numerous throughout the show.
Elden Ring Finally Revealed
Outside of the incoming Cyberpunk 2077, FromSoftware’s upcoming project Elden Ring is arguably the most anticipated game that has been announced in the past few years. As what fans think to be the next Soulsborne title from director Hidetaka Miyazaki, Elden Ring is a brand new IP in collaboration with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin. First shown in 2019, fans have been clamoring for the smallest taste of what they can get when it comes to the game.
The Game Awards is one of the biggest stages to reveal something to the fans who have been impatiently waiting for a first look. If not, well, I wouldn’t expect Elden Ring news anytime soon.
The Wolf Among Us 2 Gets A New Trailer
If you’re like me, The Wolf Among Us 2 was far and away the best thing to come out of The Game Awards last year, and we haven’t heard much or seen a single thing about the game since. Following the fallout at Telltale, the original sequel to The Wolf Among Us 2 was canceled until the new owners of Telltale LCG Entertainment licensed the game to be developed by AdHoc Studio, which was founded by former heads of Telltale. This gives me and many others hope for another incredible story in the Fables universe.
With its presence at The Game Awards last year, it would be great to see it again, only this time with an idea of what Bigby and Snow are up to following the phenomenal cliffhanger the original concludes on.
Breath of the Wild 2 Gameplay Reveal
The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easily Nintendo’s most anticipated title right now, but we have yet to hear anything about it since its original announcement during E3 last year. Nintendo has historically been friendly with The Game Awards and the second major DLC, The Champions’ Ballad was announced during TGA’s 2018 show. It would be the perfect time to show lifelong fans what they can expect in Link’s next adventure for what seems to be a much darker Hyrule.
Hideo Kojima Reveals His Next Game
Anyone who knows Geoff Keighley, creator and host of The Game Awards, knows that every year he likes to mention that he’s good friends with Hideo Kojima any chance he gets. That being said, it has been well over a year since the initial release of Kojima’s latest title Death Stranding. Thinking that Kojima was able to form his own studio, Kojima Productions, and create a game that is the size of Death Stranding in only three years is an insane accomplishment.
With that in mind, I’m confident that Kojima is well into the process of creating his next ambitious title, and that Keighley is anxious to get the opportunity to debut it at his show; and honestly, why would Kojima say no?
These are just some of my predictions that I think may drop during tomorrow’s The Game Awards 2020 live stream. What surprises do you expect to see during the ceremony when it goes live on December 10 at 6:30 pm ET? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to tune in and watch The Game Awards with the DualShockers staff as we’ll be running a livestream when the show airs.