Finally, after the longest year in recorded history, we did it: We reached the light at the end of the tunnel. I speak, of course, of The Keighleys, which some of you call The Game Awards for some reason. It’s that magical time of the year when Geoff Keighley makes eye contact with Hideo Kojima for three consecutive hours and also people sporadically receive awards. Oh, and there are announcements. Can’t forget those.
Microsoft revealed a new Perfect Dark
It’s from a new Santa Monica-based studio called The Initiative—rather than series originator Rare—and takes place in a world shaped by ecological disaster. Corporations provided “solutions” and “a better world” (not very realistic), but that doesn’t look like it’s going to turn out so well, in the end. Microsoft plans to share more information “in the future.”
For his first act as a playable Super Smash Bros character, he murdered Mario.
Master Chief is coming to Fortnite
Halo is coming to Fortnite before it comes to Xbox Series X. That sure is...something! The Master Chief skin is available starting tonight, and a new Blood Gulch creative mode map is coming tomorrow.
In another remarkably brief trailer, BioWare teased a new Mass Effect. Between these insubstantial “reveals” and recent high-profile departures from the studio, it’s hard not to wonder what the heck’s going on over there.
It’s called The Callisto Protocol, and it’s, uh, apparently set in the PUBG universe, somehow. Glenn Schofield, creator and executive producer of Dead Space, said he wants to make the “single most scariest game” for PC and consoles. In the trailer, a space zombie barfed on a dude. Not necessarily scary, but definitely gross!
Ark 2 debuted with a lengthy cinematic trailer in which Diesel and other characters fended off dinosaurs and fled into a cave. There, they found a sci-fi pod-type object that revealed Diesel’s character’s identity. He seemingly wiped the data. “Lights out, old friend,” he said. To be honest I was hoping it was going to turn out to be a new Riddick game—you can’t tell me Riddick wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to fight dinosaurs—but this will do, I guess.
The game is called Open Roads, and it’s about a mom and daughter searching for the truth about the latter’s deceased grandmother, whose past apparently included a mysterious man (not grandpa), a burglary ring, and a lost fortune. It looks like it’s going to be a road trip game, and I believe that all games should be road trip games, so that’s fine with me. Speaking of...
It looks neat! Oh, and...
Road 96 is another roadtrip game
It’s about escaping from “a country in turmoil” and looks pretty intense.
The goal is to make a game like co-op zombie basher Left 4 Dead, but “more and bigger.” Based on a brief gameplay demo, it looks like that’s exactly what it’s going to be.
Disco Elysium is getting a “final cut” update
It’s coming in March 2021 and will add new quests and voice acting to what is, no hyperbole, one of the best PC RPGs of all time. If you haven’t played it yet, now’s your chance, given that it will be on PC, PS4, and PS5, and apparently Xbox and Switch a little later, as well. (The PC update will be free for all preexisting owners.)
It’s coming alongside a new update that will include new tasks, ladders, and more.
There was a short trailer. Ash and others cut up and shot zombies. Seems about right!
It looks kind of like Panzer Dragoon, but it appears to be focused on multiplayer dogfight-style combat.
The Groundhog Day-esque sci-fi horror game from the developers of Resogun is not far off, assuming we don’t all wake up tomorrow and realize that it’s today again.
The looooooooooong-awaited meatquel is finally coming out on December 23.
It’ll kick off with a bunch of wintery new content on December 15.
The rabbit punches people in what appears to be a dystopian cityscape. What else do you need, really?
You’re a cowboy. You shoot vampires. You know, like all cowboys used to. It’s from Flying Wild Hog, the studio that made Hard Reset and the new Shadow Warrior games, so I’m in.
It’s coming to consoles and PC next year.
The game’s 2021 Gates of Oblivion update is headed back to the setting of The Elder Scrolls IV—or at least, the hell part of it.