Unreal Engine developers take center stage at The Game Awards 2021

Epic Games Content Producer Mat Paget |
December 13, 2021
Over a dozen new Unreal Engine games were revealed, and a total of nine awards were presented to Unreal developers at this year's The Game Awards, hosted by founder Geoff Keighley. Charming co-op platformer It Takes Two claimed the high honor of 2021’s Game of the Year, while Tales of Arise won for Best RPG, Guilty Gear -Strive- took home the Best Fighting Game accolade, and Returnal won for Best Action. Other notable winners include Kena: Bridge of Spirits for Best Indie and Best Debut Indie, Life is Strange: True Colors for Games for Impact, and Resident Evil 4 VR for Best VR/AR.

Of course, the awards were only part of the show, with a large number of highly anticipated game reveals capturing imaginations on one of the industry’s biggest nights. Audiences were treated to an impressive number of reveals for Unreal-powered games, and to close out the show, Epic Games revealed its first interactive Unreal Engine 5 experience for next-gen consoles, The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience, which features both Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity in a high-octane action scene. It is now available to download for free on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Other impressive gameplay reveals included Arc Riders, Nightingale, and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, not to mention Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, CrossfireX, and many more.

We would like to congratulate all of the developers who made games this year and took part in the illustrious event.
 


NEW TRAILERS AND GAME REVEALS


 

The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience

Epic Games and partners

Prepare for a wild ride into the reality-bending universe of ‘The Matrix,’ featuring performances by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Created by members of the original movie team, including Lana Wachowski, the demo morphs from breathtakingly realistic cinematic to a fast-paced third-person shooter experience, complete with an action-packed car chase sequence, and also provides a rich, vastly detailed city to explore. Step into the world of one of the most iconic action franchises ever made and explore the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment.
 

Arc Raiders

Embark Studios | Nexon

Arc Raiders is a cooperative third-person shooter where you and your squad of Raiders unite to resist the onslaught of ARC – a ruthless, mechanized threat descending from space. You play as one of the Raiders, a rogue group of resistance fighters. With the help of a patchwork early warning system, you fight to protect your home against enemies dropping from orbit. ARC is faceless and unfeeling, but no one could accuse ARC of being unresponsive. In fact, ARC responds to resistance with ever-increasing destruction.
 

Chorus

Deep Silver Fishlabs | Deep Silver

Take control of Nara, once the Circle’s deadliest warrior, now their most wanted fugitive, on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Along with Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, explore ancient temples, engage in exhilarating zero-g combat, and venture beyond our waking reality.

CrossfireX

Remedy Entertainment, Smilegate | Smilegate, Xbox Game Studios

CrossfireX delivers an intense FPS experience spanning multiple thrilling gameplay modes and a cinematic campaign.

Evil West

Flying Wild Hog | Focus Entertainment

Get a thunder-packed uppercut of adrenaline in today’s trailer with fast-paced and visceral third-person combat. Paint your lightning-fueled gauntlet with monster blood using brutal combos as you blast your way through various weird west locations. Face hulking abominations, screeching monstrosities, and ancient vampires and ram them all back to hell one piece at a time in spectacular boss fights and encounters.

The Expanse

Telltale Games, Deck Nine

In the near future on the outskirts of the asteroid belt, a bloody mutiny breaks loose on the Artemis. You take the role of XO Camina Drummer, where your choices determine the fate of the ship. What will you do with the truth, Bosmang?
 

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade

Square Enix

Battle through Midgar with Cloud and Avalanche in Final Fantasy VII: Remake Intergrade, coming to the Epic Games Store on December 16, 2021. Final Fantasy VII: Remake Intergrade is a visually enhanced edition of the critically acclaimed and award-winning game, featuring a brand-new episode featuring Yuffie as the main character and numerous gameplay additions for players to enjoy. 
 

The King of Fighters XV

SNK

Since its debut in 1994, the KOF fighting game series has been driving the world to new heights of excitement with its appealing characters and unique game system. Six years have passed since the last title in the series, and now King of Fighters XV surpasses all of its predecessors in terms of graphics, systems, and online experience.
 

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

Daedalic Entertainment | Nacon

Take on a perilous journey as Gollum, chasing the only thing that is precious to him. From his time as a slave below the Dark Tower to his stay with the Elves of Mirkwood, climb, leap, and sneak your way past dangers. Skillful and sly, Gollum is also torn by his split personality. It is up to you to decide whether the darker side of Gollum takes over or if there is a spark of reason left in what once was Sméagol.
 

Lost Ark

Smilegate | Amazon Games

Embark on an odyssey for the Lost Ark in a vast, vibrant world: explore new lands, seek out lost treasures, and test yourself in thrilling action combat. Define your fighting style with your class and advanced class, and customize your skills, weapons, and gear to bring your might to bear as you fight against hordes of enemies, colossal bosses, and dark forces seeking the power of the Ark in this action-packed free-to-play RPG.

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

Respawn Entertainment | Electronic Arts

Experience the complete Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond single-player campaign on Quest 2—no need for a powerful PC or Link cable. Go behind enemy lines as an OSS officer during World War II. Sabotage the Nazis alongside the French Resistance, storm Normandy on D-Day, infiltrate a U-boat and destroy it from the inside, take down enemy aircraft, and more, as you battle to liberate Europe.
 

Nightingale

Inflexion Games

Nightingale is a shared world survival-crafting game set in a rich gaslamp Victorian fantasy setting. Players venture through portals where adventure and mystery await across a myriad of beautiful and increasingly-dangerous worlds.
 

PUBG: Battlegrounds

From January 12th, PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS embarks on a new journey; free-to-play! PUBG: Battlegrounds is a battle royale shooter that pits 100 players against each other in a struggle for survival. Gather supplies and outwit your opponents to become the last person standing.
 

Rocket League

Psyonix Studios | Epic Games

Respect Rule One in two new Ford Mustangs now available in Rocket League. Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem with easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition.
 

Rocket League Sideswipe

Psyonix Studios | Epic Games

From the makers of Rocket League, car soccer has been reimagined for mobile devices! Get in the game with the intuitive touch controls. It's as simple as putting the ball in your opponent's net, but watch out! Your opponent will try to score too. Hit your boost to go faster, or use it to get off the ground and into the air to pull off some siiiick maneuvers in the air, leaving your opponent in awe.
 

Rumbleverse

Iron Galaxy | Epic Games

Visit Grapital City, where you can brawl anywhere and be anyone! Enter a 40-person melee as you lay the smackdown to be declared Champion in this Brawler-Royale.
 

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Ninja Theory | Xbox Game Studios

Your first look at gameplay from Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, captured by the development team in-game.
 

Slitterhead

Bokeh Game Studio Inc.

Slitterhead is a new game from a new studio established by Keiichiro Toyama, creator of Silent Hill, Siren, and the Gravity Rush series.
 

Star Trek: Resurgence

Dramatic Labs | Bruner House

Star Trek: Resurgence is an interactive narrative video game that tells an original story set in the era shortly after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stationed aboard the U.S.S. RESOLUTE, players will assume the role of two principal characters—First Officer Jara Rydek and Engineering Crewperson Carter Diaz—as they unravel a sinister mystery involving two alien civilizations on the brink of war. Throughout the game, players will immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe, interacting with new and returning characters through a variety of dialogue and action gameplay to determine the course of the story.
 

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Rocksteady | Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Task Force X has a target: kill the Flash or die trying. Check out the first official gameplay trailer of Suicide Squad and experience how each super-villain's unique abilities combine to create chaos in Metropolis. Coming in 2022 to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
 

Synced: Off-Planet

NExT Studios, Studio Gobo Limited | Proxima Beta SG

Synced: Off-Planet is a companion-based shooter set in a world devastated by technology. Fight together against enemy teams and synchronize with Nano companion classes to deploy in combat. As a runner, you've come to the place where it all went down: The Meridian, a forbidden zone that holds endless black Surge, deadly Nanos, and grand opportunity. You've come to fight for your fortune. Yet the Meridian is wide, and the mysteries flow deep. What secrets await within?
 

Tchia

Awaceb | Kowloon Nights

A tropical open world adventure. Climb, glide, swim, and sail your boat around a beautiful archipelago in this physics-driven sandbox. Use Tchia's soul jumping ability to take control of any animal or object you can find and jam on your fully playable ukulele. A game inspired by New Caledonia.
 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Gun Interactive | Sumo Digital

Gun Interactive, creators of Friday the 13th: The Game, and Sumo Nottingham, are excited to announce The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, an authentic gaming experience based on the groundbreaking 1974 film.
 

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Gearbox Software

Embark on an epic adventure full of whimsy, wonder, and high-powered weaponry! Bullets, magic, and broadswords collide across this chaotic fantasy world brought to life by the unpredictable Tiny Tina. Roll your own multiclass hero and loot, shoot, slash, and cast your way through outlandish monsters and loot-filled dungeons on a quest to stop the tyrannical Dragon Lord. Everyone's welcome, so join the party, throw on your adventuring boots, and be Chaotic Great!

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt

Sharkmob AB

Join the Bloodhunt and become the ultimate vampire! Bloodhunt is a free battle royale game set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe. A treacherous betrayal has stirred a war amongst the vampires, who are also being targeted for annihilation by a secret society known as the Entity. Use your supernatural powers, weapons, and wit in this thrilling battle royale game to dominate the night and restore the order.
 


AWARD NOMINEES AND WINNERS


 

The Artful Escape | Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna Interactive

NOMINEE: Best Art Direction, Best Score And Music, Best Debut Indie

Back 4 Blood | Turtle Rock/WB Games

NOMINEE: Best Action Game, Best Multiplayer

Chivalry II | Torn Banner Studios/Tripwire Interactive

NOMINEE: Best Action Game
 

Demon Slayer - Kimetsu No Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles | CyberConnect 2/SEGA

NOMINEE: Best Fighting
 

The Forgotten City | Modern Storyteller/Dear Villagers

NOMINEE: Best Debut Indie
 

Fortnite | Epic Games

NOMINEE: Best Ongoing, Best Community Support
 

Guilty Gear -STRIVE- | Arc System Works

WINNER: Best Fighting
 

Hot Wheels Unleashed | Milestone

NOMINEE: Best Sports/Racing
 

It Takes Two | Hazelight/EA

WINNER: Game of the Year, Best Multiplayer, Best Family
NOMINEE: Best Game Direction, Best Narrative
 

Kena: Bridge of Spirits | Ember Lab

WINNER: Best Indie, Best Debut Indie
NOMINEE: Best Art Direction
 

Life is Strange: True Colors | Deck Nine/Square Enix

WINNER: Games For Impact
NOMINEE: Best Narrative, Best Performance (Erika Mori as Alex Chen)
 

Marvel Future Revolution | Netmarble

NOMINEE: Best Mobile Game
 

Psychonauts 2 | Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios

NOMINEE: Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Action/Adventure
 

PUBG Mobile | Lightspeed & Quantum Studio/Krafton

NOMINEE: Best Esports Event
 

Resident Evil 4 VR | Armature Studio/Capcom/Oculus Studios

WINNER: Best VR/AR
 

Returnal | Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment

WINNER: Best Action Game
NOMINEE: Best Game Direction, Best Audio Design
 

Scarlet Nexus | Bandai Namco

NOMINEE: Best Role Playing
 

Shin Megami Tensei V | Atlus/Sega

NOMINEE: Best Role Playing
 

Tales of Arise | Bandai Namco

WINNER: Best Role Playing
 

Valorant | Riot Games

NOMINEE: Best Esports Game, Best Esports Event

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