On Thursday, December 7 at 4:30pm PT / 7:30pm ET / 9:30pm GMT / 10:30pm CET, many people shall be tuning into The Game Awards to look at Geoff Keighley for a few hours… and perhaps rejoice our favourite video games receiving some awards. Between all the enjoyable celebrating the 12 months’s high releases, we’ll additionally doubtless see the phrases “World Premiere” blown up on our screens time and time once more as publishers and builders try and win us over with their upcoming releases.
Microsoft has already teased that it has Xbox information “you will not need to miss,” and Larian will lastly give us a Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox launch date, however what else could possibly be proven? We’ve mentioned this at size, so in an try and blindly predict the longer term, listed below are the bulletins we predict would possibly seem in the course of the present.
1. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II launch date announcement
Okay, so Hellblade II has made it onto virtually each prediction checklist we have put collectively because it was introduced alongside the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards in 2019. This 12 months, although, one thing totally different has occurred: the sport was not too long ago rated by the Australian Classification Board alongside Clockwork Revolution and South of Midnight. Was the score only for a brand new trailer, or will we lastly be in for a launch date? We’re hoping for the latter.
2. Baldur’s Gate joins Xbox Game Pass
This prediction has the crew break up, as some us suppose the older Baldur’s Gate video games shall be added to Xbox Game Pass whereas Larian’s newest is omitted, whereas others suppose Microsoft may need flexed its pockets at Larian to get all the video games into the service, together with Baldur’s Gate 3. With this 12 months’s launch wanting prefer it has the sway to cement itself as sport of the 12 months, the pendulum may swing both approach. Here are some phrases of positivity from our very personal Sean:
Something, one thing… no Baldur’s Gate 3
Ever the pessimist, I don’t suppose we’ll see Baldur’s Gate 3 shadow drop into Xbox Game Pass throughout The Game Awards. Unless Microsoft is keen to pay an absolute fortune, I don’t see why Larian would wish to place what’s seen by many as probably the greatest video games of all time straight into Xbox Game Pass. I’m certain the hype that’s been constructing round Baldur’s Gate 3 over the previous few months will see Xbox followers shopping for copies left, proper, and heart.
What I feel will occur, although, is that each Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 will shadow drop into Xbox Game Pass on the night time as a substitute. Earlier this 12 months, Xbox followers with the Game Pass app have been despatched unusual telephone notifications saying that Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 have been accessible to play on Game Pass once they have been really nowhere to be seen. This has occurred a few instances earlier than with video games like Shadow Warrior 3, for instance. Fans acquired comparable notifications saying the first-person hack-and-slash platformer was out on Game Pass, just for it to not really be accessible with the service. Around ten months later, Shadow Warrior 3 was introduced for Game Pass. I feel we’ll see an identical factor right here with Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2.
Oh what a bundle of pleasure he’s. Anyway I consider in Big Phil and his large pockets, so I’m predicting Baldur’s Gate 3 shall be coming to Game Pass.
3. Baldur’s Gate 3 will win Game of the Year
While we’re speaking about Baldur’s Gate 3, we would as properly get this out of the best way. it should steamroll these awards. An absolute shoe-in for finest role-playing sport, and we predict the sturdy favourite to additionally seize sport of the 12 months whereas it is at it.
Ian already has his “Alan Wake 2 was robbed” signal on the prepared.
4. Geoff Keighley will get stage-rushed regardless of additional safety
Both The Game Awards 2022 and Summer Game Fest 2023 have seen an viewers member rush onto the stage to blabber one thing nonsensical down the microphone earlier than being escorted away. But whereas it is garnered a couple of chuckles from onlookers, Geoff Keighley has had a far much less amused perspective in direction of the stage crashers.
This 12 months, Keighley has mentioned that further safety shall be in place… however will it’s sufficient to quell the thirst for two-second stardom from a fan with nothing clever to say? We’ll simply have to attend and see!
5. Fable reboot gameplay trailer
If we weren’t already enthusiastic about Playground Games’ Fable reboot, the trailer proven in the course of the Xbox Games Showcase earlier this 12 months would absolutely have modified our minds. What’s extra, the small quantity of gameplay we noticed within the trailer was later confirmed to have been captured on an Xbox Series X by one of many devs.
We count on Playground to wow us with a full gameplay trailer throughout The Game Awards, stuffed with chicken-kicking and different Fable-esque delights!
6. Hideo Kojima takes the stage with Geoff Keighley
As with the phrases “World Premiere,” Hideo Kojima has turn out to be synonymous with Keighley’s exhibits, whether or not in-person or nearly, so we count on the famed online game developer to seem in some type throughout this 12 months’s award present.
Kojima has two confirmed initiatives within the works in the mean time: an unnamed Xbox console-exclusive title and the PlayStation console-exclusive Death Stranding 2. The Xbox collaboration was introduced final 12 months, so it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if we get our first have a look at the mysterious Xbox venture.
7. Lollipop Chainsaw remaster gameplay
It would not be a TrueAchievements predictions checklist if we did not point out Lollipop Chainsaw someplace in right here… Tom is the man that willed the remaster into actuality, in spite of everything.
I take full credit score for the Lollipop Chainsaw remaster
Okay, perhaps I had completely nothing to do with Dragami engaged on a Lollipop Chainsaw remaster, however after including it to each certainly one of my predictions since I began with TrueAchievements, I really feel just like the gaming gods had sufficient of my whining and made it occur. You’re welcome.
The Lollipop Chainsaw remaster, or RePop, was initially all the way down to launch this 12 months earlier than Dragami delayed it into 2024. The unique announcement had it pegged as a remake as a result of varied licensing points, however the developer not too long ago introduced that the venture is a remaster with improved fight and the like — we have already seen the new Juliet Starling mannequin. My hope is that Dragami both offers us a launch date for this excellent sport, or on the very least, presents us a correct trailer to get excited over!
8. Age of Mythology Retold will get a shock trailer
Heidi likes to champion Age of Mythology within the workplace, and over a 12 months after Age of Mythology Retold’s announcement, feels it is excessive time for more information.
I nonetheless have hope for Age of Mythology Retold
Alright, I do know: in every week that brings us the official GTA 6 trailer and what’s going to in all probability be a stampede of a win for Baldur’s Gate 3, it won’t appear the time to spare a thought for Arkantos and his mythological troubles. Something taking place with Age of Mythology has been my dream for therefore lengthy (and one thing I badger the crew about consistently) that when Age of Mythology Retold was really introduced, it appeared virtually too good to be true.
Now that we’re over a 12 months from that announcement and I’ve had time to course of that one thing this superb may occur, I take it as permission from World’s Edge to count on to see Age of Mythology at each occasion for the remainder of time till it really comes out. Hence my (barely determined) hope that we’ll see it at The Game Awards. If you’re going to rejoice one of the best video games, then Age of Mythology needs to be there, proper?
9. Dave the Diver is introduced for Xbox
Dave the Diver is now out for Nintendo Switch in addition to PC, and we’re hoping its recognition carries it nonetheless additional.
Dave the Diver wants to come back to Xbox
This prediction appears to be like prefer it may even have an inexpensive foundation, quite than simply relying by myself fervent hopes. Dave the Diver took us all by storm. It’s been nominated for Best Independent Game on the Game Awards, and whereas there may be some dialogue about whether or not it really is an indie sport, there’s little doubt that it’s wildly fashionable.
In concept, the sport is about diving for substances in the course of the day, which you’ll use to inventory the sushi restaurant you run at night time. In true main-character vogue, nonetheless, a bunch of different folks may also give Dave a bunch of different stuff to do too and the sheer scope of issues you are able to do on this sport is simply nuts. There’s at all times a lot happening, and all of it’s wonderful. Its huge success and the truth that it’s certainly one of this 12 months’s Game Awards nominees makes it laborious to not hope we’ll see some form of “oh, go on then” announcement that it’s coming to Xbox and PS5 as properly.
What about you fantastic TrueAchievements associates? Have you bought any predictions, hopes, or desires for The Game Awards on December 7? You know the drill. Drop a remark under and tell us!