December 8, 2017

Unreal Engine developers take center stage at The Game Awards 2017

By Daniel Kayser

The games industry gathered in Los Angeles last night at The Game Awards to celebrate the most outstanding creative and technical achievements of 2017 while looking forward to what’s to come in 2018 and beyond. Unreal Engine developers from around the world were featured throughout the evening as projects like Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice took home well-earned hardware and others, such as Bandai Namco’s SOULCALIBUR VI, surprised everyone with delightful debuts.
With 13 UE-powered nominees across 10 different categories and several of the evening’s most talked-about announcements/reveals, the presence of Unreal Engine developers at the industry’s biggest annual award show was certainly felt.

We would like to congratulate all of the developers that made 2017 such a success as we recap the Unreal Engine-powered nominees, winners and special announcements that took place during The Game Awards 2017:


Falling Sky | Jonathan Nielssen, Nikolay Savov, Mohsen Shah / National Film and Television School
NOMINEE: Best Student Game

Farpoint | Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment

Fortnite | Epic Games
NOMINEE: Best Multiplayer

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice | Ninja Theory
NOMINEE: Best Narrative, Best Independent Game
WINNER: Best Audio Design, Best Performance (Melina Juergens), Games for Impact

Hollowed | Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard / University of Central Florida - Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy
NOMINEE: Best Student Game

Impulsion | Hugo Verger, Rémi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski; IIM – Institut de l’Internet et du Multimédia
NOMINEE: Best Student Game

Injustice 2 | NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent
WINNER:  Best Fighting Game

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite | Capcom
NOMINEE: Best Fighting Game

NOMINEE: GOTY, Best Ongoing Game
WINNER: Best Multiplayer

Rocket League | Psyonix
NOMINEE: Best Esports Game

TEKKEN 7 | Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment
NOMINEE: Best Fighting Game

What Remains of Edith Finch | Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive
NOMINEE: Games for Impact, Best Independent Game
WINNER: Best Narrative

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen | Firaxis Games / 2K
NOMINEE: Best Strategy Game


While The Game Awards helps the industry celebrate the most outstanding titles from the year that was, the show also serves as a prominent platform for announcements and surprising reveals. These Unreal Engine-developed projects were in the spotlight throughout the night and continue to generate a ton of buzz online:

A Way Out | Hazelight /  EA
The highly-anticipated, narrative-driven EA Originals title, A Way Out, debuted a new trailer and announced that players can download the friends pass free trial to enjoy the entire co-op experience with a friend who has purchased the game. A Way Out will be available as a digital download for players worldwide beginning March 23, 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Fade to Silence | Black Forest Games / THQ Nordic
During The Game Awards, THQ Nordic announced the character-driven, survival game Fade to Silence. Currently in development for PC and consoles at THQ Nordic studio Black Forest Games, Fade to Silence is launching on Steam Early Access on December 14, 2017.

Fortnite: Battle Royale | Epic Games
Epic’s Donald Mustard took to the stage at The Game Awards to reveal Fortnite: Battle Royale’s brand-new, limited time 50v50 mode that was made available instantly. He also confirmed that the game has over 30 million players and has achieved 1.3 million concurrent users.

Teased throughout the night, the new desert map for PUBG showcased the intense action and arid environments that players will inhabit in Miramar when the GOTY-nominee’s new map makes its way to PC and Xbox One on December 12.

Sea of Thieves | Rare / Microsoft Studios
Gamers who have been anxiously anticipating the opportunity to set sail in Rare’s fantastical Sea of Thieves received some great news during The Game Awards as the above trailer revealed that the open-world multiplayer action adventure title will be arriving on Xbox One March 20, 2018.

Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada and Motohiro Okubo celebrated the success of the UE4-powered TEKKEN 7 before going on to announce the long-awaited and highly-anticipated Soul Calibur VI, which debuted with the fantastic trailer above.

Witchfire | The Astronauts
The Astronauts, makers of critically acclaimed The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, revealed their latest Unreal-powered project with a visually stunning teaser during The Game Awards. Entitled Witchfire, the game is a dark fantasy shooter that’s heading to PC.


Congratulations once again to all of the amazing Unreal Engine developers who are creating award-winning, highly-anticipated and inspiring content around the globe. We look forward to seeing how all UE4 projects progress in 2018 and beyond, so be sure to give us a shoutout on Twitter @UnrealEngine using the hashtag #UE4 when sharing your beautiful screenshots and videos.