For the past two years, my friends and I travel to be together and watch Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards in person. There’s nothing like the swirl of hype, drawn out productions, and off-screen awarding when together with friends.
I won’t be able to attend our annual gathering this year, since Eloise was born and I used up all my PTO for her arrival. So to tap into the excitement for The Game Awards, I thought I’d whip up some brief predictions for this year’s show.
- Elden Ring will take the Game of the Year.
- God of War: Ragnarok will snag the Best Narrative.
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be crowned the most anticipated game.
For Geoff’s regularly scheduled reveals, I have some guesses too.
- Naughty Dog shows off something, probably their multiplayer game.
- Nintendo graces the show with Tears of the Kingdom gameplay.
- Starfield gets a snazzy trailer and date.
- Half-Life: Alyx for PS VR2 announced.
There’s a lot of classic Geoff-hype that Neil Druckmann, Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker, Pedro Pascal, and Bella Ramsey will be presenting at the show. A buddy of mine pointed out that Naughty Dog changed their Twitter profile picture to a frosted paw-print. At Summer Game Fest, Naughty Dog revealed the first piece of concept art for their TLOU multiplayer game. I could see them taking the next step at The Game Awards this year.
Who could forget the legendary off-screen gameplay reveal of Breath of the Wild (known then only as The Legend of Zelda for Wii U)? Please repeat history Nintendo.
Starfield feels like a lock. Delayed the game out of the summer, so it feels like the right time to give the game a date with so many eyes on the event. Microsoft needs Starfield to come out swinging: Although, Nintendo sold 10+ million copies of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which are Jank City, so maybe Starfield can come out as a mess too.
This prediction is the reason I wrote this post. Think of the “I totally got that one right” glory I will obtain if I’m correct! Half-Life: Alyx is the one game I see everyone talking about coming to PS VR2, despite no rumors. It’s pure hope. Geoff has a rock solid relationship with Valve: He made the documentary on Half-Life: Alyx! If this port was going to exist, I feel like The Game Awards is the place to announce it.