On December 8, avid esports fans were glued to the screen, watching the most long-awaited video games event of the year – the Game Awards. The PS Awards marks the end of the year as it is the final major gaming gathering in 2022. We at GBC Time have compiled the key announcements and nominations of the night. Keep reading to stay tuned.
During the show, the gamers were able to find out about the best releases of the year, watched amazing trailers, and found out about new releases and other announcements.
Main nominations and winners
As it was mainly an award show, we will start with the key nominations and winners. God of War Ragnarök was definitely the star of the show, taking home ten awards (such as best narrative, score and music, audio, best performance, top action game, innovation in accessibility, etc.) The game was closely followed by Elden Ring that was awarded the Game of the Year title. The FromSoftware’s game received 7 nominations in total, including the most outstanding direction and the top-performing Role-Playing Game, etc.
Top-performing video games of 2022
Some other winners of this year’s Awards are:
- Games for Impact prize went to As Dusk Falls;
- Ongoing Game & Community Support was appointed to Final Fantasy 14;
- Award for Independent Game & Best Debut Indie Game was given to Stray;
- The top Mobile Game award was received by Marvel Snap;
- The top VR/AR Game is Moss: Book 2;
- The action Game of 2022 is Bayonetta 3;
- Fighting Game – MultiVersus;
- The top Family Game title went to Kirby & the Forgotten Land;
- Top Strategy Game was awarded to Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope;
- Racing Game – Gran Turismo 7;
- Multiplayer Game – Splantoon 3;
- Most Anticipated– The Legend of Zelda;
- Ludwig was dubbed Content Creator of the Year;
- Best Adaptation – Arcane: LOL.
Top esports nominations
There also were some cybersports-related nominations. For instance, Valorant was named the Esports Game of the Year. And Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker got an award as the best cybersports athlete. What is more, LOUD was recognized as the top-performing team and their coach Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi has also received an award. In addition, LoL World Championship was crowned as the best cybersports event of 2022.
Key announcements of the night
Nominations and winners, however, were not the most anticipated part of the night. Many gamers tune in for the announcements, releaser dates, and trailers of the new games. So, let us take a look at the most prominent cases.
Death Stranding 2 trailer revealed
After a three-year wait, Hideo Kojima officially announced the sequel of his legendary 2019 game – Death Stranding. Although the launch date is unannounced yet, fans were treated to the trailer of the game and got a glimpse of the game’s main characters.
At the show, Kojima also revealed that he rewrote the script for the game after the global pandemic.
Diablo IV trailed are release date confirmed
As announced at the show, The fourth game in the franchise that has already become the classic – Diablo – will hit the stands in the summer of 2023. Alongside the new cinematic video preview. Fans will be able to purchase the game starting from June 6 of the next year. And Blizzard will hold a public beta test sometime before that.
The new Star Wars game to go live in March 2023
Respawn Entertainment teased their fans with a new gameplay video for their upcoming game – Star Wars Jedi Survior. Apparently, the story starts five years after the original game. What is more, the trailer confirmed the launch date for the video game – March 17, 2023.
The Last of Us Part 1 for PC will also be released in March
Undoubtedly, one of the most successful PlayStation games ever – the Last of Us – is coming to the PC. Part 1 of the game that won over 200 awards will be available for PC games starting from March 3, 2023. Viewers were also treated to a new video teaser.
Final Fantasy 16 – new 4K trailer
This list would not be complete without the announcement from Square Enix. The gaming studio has finally unfolded the release date for its most long-awaited development – Final Fantasy 16. This PS-exclusive game will be out on June 22 of the next year. During the Game Awards, Naoki Yoshida also showed a new trailer for the game. The video showcased epic battles, main characters, and more.
This, of course, is not a complete list of announcements made at the gaming event. We are waiting for more gaming content in 2023.
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