There were a lot of great-looking new indie games being unveiled for the first time, and prime amongst them was this new Indiana Jones-esque adventure from Campo Santo – the makers of Firewatch. The only problem is it’s not out until 2019.
Epic’s free online shooter has seen a huge boost in popularity since introducing a Battle Royale mode in the style of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and now it’s getting a 100-player mode as well. Although it’s currently only planned as a limited time option.
Fade To Silence
THQ Nordic’s announcement was a particular surprise, because it’s due out for release next week. It’s a survival game set in a Game Of Thrones-esque winter wilderness filled with nasty-looking monsters. At the moment though it seems to be PC-only.
Another talented indie team announcing a new game was The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter creators The Astronauts, whose new title is a first person shooter with a dark fantasy setting. Like many of these games it’s a long way off from release, and is so far only confirmed for PC.
Sea Of Thieves
Microsoft didn’t announce anything new at The Game Awards, but they did reveal a release date for Rare’s promising online pirate adventure. It’ll be out on March 20 next year, and the new trailer above definitely makes it look worth waiting for.
Not to be outdone, Sony also had a release date of a long-awaited game to announce – sort of. The new title from LittleBigPlanet creators Media Molecule is now confirmed to be out next year, although they’ve still not properly explained what the content creation tool really is.
This new four-player co-op shooter looked particularly impressive, especially if you’re a fan of Aliens. It’s by the lead designer of PayDay and features a team of scavengers exploring what look like alien ruins, as they scavenge weapons and resources to survive.
The trailer above features a whole 20 seconds or so of footage from the new desert map, recently named as Miramar. It’s playable on test servers right now and due to be added to the Xbox One version next year. The big news though is that version 1.0 of the PC version will be released on December 20, finally taking the game out of early access.
The game Microsoft chose to lead off their E3 2017 press conference got a new trailer last night, and looks even more like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. than before – which is a good thing because that should make it one of the best open world first person survival games around. It’s due out next autumn on consoles and PC.
A Way Out
If there was a controversy of the night it was this new trailer for EA’s promising-looking co-op prison break game, which got a new release date of March 23 next year. It wasn’t the game that caused trouble though, but the bizarre rant from director Josef Fares which encompassed his hatred of the Oscars, his love of EA, and lots of swearing…
And then of course there was the awards themselves, the results of which you can see below. The winners were chosen by a group of 51 international judges, of which we were one. The full list of nominees can be found here, although they haven’t listed the winner for best multiplayer yet.
GAME OF THE YEAR The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
BEST GAME DIRECTION The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo EPD)
BEST NARRATIVE What Remains Of Edith Finch (Ian Dallas/Giant Sparrow)
BEST ART DIRECTION Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
BEST SCORE/MUSIC NieR: Automata (Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi)
BEST AUDIO DESIGN Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
BEST PERFORMANCE Melina Juergens, Hellblade (as Senua)
GAMES FOR IMPACT Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
BEST ONGOING GAME Overwatch (Blizzard)
BEST INDEPENDENT GAME Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
BEST MOBILE GAME Monument Valley II (ustwo games)
BEST HANDHELD GAME Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam/Nintendo)
BEST VR/AR GAME Resident Evil 7 biohazard (Capcom)
BEST ACTION GAME Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames/Bethesda)
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME Persona 5 (Atlus)
BEST FIGHTING GAME Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Ent)
BEST FAMILY GAME Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
BEST STRATEGY GAME Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan/Ubisoft)
BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)
MOST ANTICIPATED GAME The Last Of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
TRENDING GAMER Guy Beahm (‘Dr. Disrespect’)
BEST ESPORTS GAME Overwatch (Blizzard)
BEST ESPORTS PLAYER PRESENTED BY OMEN BY HP Lee Sang-hyeok ‘Faker’ (SK Telecom 1, League Of Legends)
BEST ESPORTS TEAM Cloud9
STUDENT GAME AWARD Level Squared (Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen/Swinburne University)
BEST DEBUT INDIE GAME Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
CHINESE FAN GAME AWARD jx3 HD《剑网3》重制版 (Kingsoft Corporation)
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