The highly anticipated 2023 Game Awards have recently concluded. They featured an amazing lineup of new games for 2024 and beyond. We even got a look at some new content for 2023. The Game Awards always make a lot of big promises, and this year, they absolutely knocked all of them out of the park. Here are some of the biggest reveals, trailers, and announcements from this year’s game awards.
Seven of the Biggest Game Reveals at Game Awards 2023
I will list some of the major and highly anticipated announcements made at the Game Awards 2023.
1. Marvels Blade Game
Without a doubt, the biggest reveal to come out of this year’s Game Awards has to be the new Blade video game announcement. In a teaser shown at the Awards, we saw Marvel’s vampire hunter getting a haircut in Paris while a woman on a loudspeaker announced the city’s complete nighttime shutdown.
The announcement teaser gave me goosebumps, as it felt like they were going for a kind of Purge vibe where all the citizens must stay indoors when the sun comes down as the vampires own the night. We didn’t get a full body shot of Blade, but we got to see him quickly suit up before putting on his glasses and making a statement about going to get the job done.
Keeping in line with Marvel’s incredible run of selecting the best studios for the job, Marvel has entrusted Blade to the hands of Arcane Studios and Bethesda Softworks to handle one of their most coveted and recognizable characters.
If done right, this could easily be another slam dunk for Marvel, Bethesda, and Xbox, especially because they’ve also been looking for their own exclusive Marvel IP, like Marvel’s Spider-Man. That they could use to draw in new players, and if Arcane Studios can do this right, then I have no doubt this game will be a hit with players. Hopefully, the game comes out along with the new Blade movie in development at Marvel Studios.
2. God of War, Ragnarök: Valhalla
Sony Santa Monica Studios has been working hard to bring new content to players for their successful God of War franchise. Many people anticipated a trailer at the game awards. What we didn’t expect was for them to drop free DLC for the game.
This new DLC, which drops on December 12, 2023, takes Kratos and Mimir into Valhalla and what remains of Asgard after their incredible battle at the end of the game. Kratos makes a momentous return to the ruins of one of the places he once ruthlessly devastated.
This is one of the first times Kratos will get to see the kinds of destruction his actions can cause, and it will be a new experience for him. However, given how much Kratos has grown and developed as a god, he should also be able to appreciate that this destruction was necessary. The developers haven’t revealed much in the trailer, but the score for it sounded strangely similar to the original score of the first God of War trilogy.
Maybe we will finally get to see how Kratos came to Midgard, or maybe we just get to destroy more Asgardians and Drawger. Both options are fine for me. The DLC being free is a bonus, so I won’t be going to work on December 12th, 2023 when the game releases on PS5 and PS4.
Developer’s Archetype Entertainment showcased its first title at the Game Awards 2023, and this could be a big one. The game’s trailer showed us a possible third-person action game that utilises a mix of action, exploration, and 3rd person shooting to tell a narrative and player-focused story to weave in a combat shooter with special powers based in a space-like setting.
There isn’t a lot of information about this game, except for which platforms it is releasing on, which include Xbox series X/S, PS5, and PC. It doesn’t yet have a release date, but Archetype Studios promises that it is not too far away from a full production setup.
4. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
Ninja Theory’s massively successful title Senua’s Saga: Hellblade got a brand spanking new trailer at the game awards. A follow-up to their action-adventure classic of 2017, the trailer shows Senua going through a raft of trials and tribulations, from combat, which showcases an option to use a hand axe while in combat, to some stealth sections and even some exploration zones.
The sequel is set in Viking’s prime Iceland, as Senua embarks on a journey to save those who have witnessed tyranny. Given her violent past against the North Men, who caused the deaths of her loved ones, this seems like a natural journey for Senua, who still struggles with psychosis, as the voices in her head still push and pull her in various directions.
Nevertheless, Senua still pushes forward, and Melina Jergens still provides an outstanding performance, and she will no doubt bring her “A” game to the sequel as well. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 launches in 2024 on the Xbox series X/S, and it should be another exciting installment.
5. Rise of the Ronin
Team Ninja’s Rise of the Ronin appeared during the game awards and showcased new combat and story gameplay. It also has a release date, which is very important as most fans have been waiting in great angst as to when the game will be released. Rise of the Ronin is scheduled to release on March 22, 2024, exclusively on the PS5, and pre-orders also go live on December 14, 2023.
The Rise of the Ronin takes place in 19th-century Japan during the Bakumatsu period, when the Tokugawa Shogunate fell, leaving the country in chaos. As a Ronin, your role in the conflicts involving the pro and anti-Shogunate factions remains to be seen, and your alliances and allegiances may define the destiny of Japan.
As an open-world RPG, players can move freely around on foot, on horseback, and on a glider. While also utilising a variety of swords, spears, firearms, and much more to battle your way through a bloody and tumultuous time in the history of Japan.
6. Black Myth Wukong
This game has been making waves ever since it was first announced. At the Game Awards, we got an extremely intensive look at the game, with the developer’s Game Science showing off an explosive new trailer.
In addition to showcasing more of Black Myths’ aggressive and fast-paced combat, it also shows off a healthy dose of intimidating boss fights that come in all shapes and sizes. It also shows off some impressively large-scale set-piece action moments and sheds more light on the story of the game, which is inspired by the Japanese story called “Journey to the West.”
Finally, we also have a release window for the game, which will launch for the PS5, Xbox series X/S and PC via Steam and the Epic Games store on August 20th, 2024.
7. Light no Fire
No Man’s Sky developer “Hello Games” has been dedicated to expanding and improving their space survival game since its launch nearly a decade ago, and while those updates will continue for the foreseeable future, the studio has other things it has been working on, and at the Game Awards, we were treated to a trailer for their new game “Light no Fire.”
The game is set on a planet the size of Earth, with the unique twist of being highly stylised and fantastical. It will be populated by lush and gorgeous environments with all manner of creatures and monsters for you to tackle, avoid, and battle.
The procedurally generated world will be filled with survival and building mechanics, meaning players will have the freedom to play as they see fit and tackle all obstacles in their own way. Hello Games Studios has made no official launch date and has not explained any exclusivity deals being planned, so we can only expect further announcements down the line.
Well, those have been some of the biggest announcements to come out of the 2023 Game Awards, and there are definitely a lot of interesting titles coming down the line for us to play in the near and not-too-distant future. What games are you most looking forward to playing from our list, and which ones aren’t you interested in? Just let me know down in the comment section. Once again, thank you so much for reading this piece, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.