The Game Awards are here. Well, they’re almost here. They air this Thursday, December 6. A big part of the show, along with the all-important awards and some live performances, is the exclusive game reveals reserved for the show. We’ve seen games like No Man’s Sky, Bayonetta 3, and Sekiro get their reveals at the show in the past, so we’re excited to see what might come along. Here’s what we’re hoping for, from least likely to most likely, complete with totally arbitrary numbers assigned.
Rocksteady’s next game (Likelihood: 1/10)
This one’s very unlikely because Rocksteady has outright denied that it will appear at the show. Rocksteady, the team behind the Batman: Arkham games and a subsidiary of Warner Bros., has been quiet since the release of the final Batman games, Batman: Arkham Knight and Batman: Arkham VR. That’s a full two years since we’ve heard anything from the company, and three since a proper full-sized game. The company is working on something, and it’s something Warner Bros. related. We’re betting hard on a DC Comics title. They’ve outright denied that it’s a Superman game. But then, companies don’t always tell the truth about upcoming announcements, either. So we’re leaving this on the list.
The Avengers Game (Likelihood: 3/10)
We know for a fact that Square Enix has its Crystal Dyanmics studio working on an Avengers game. They’ve announced as much with the extremely serious trailer above. The thing is, the publisher hasn’t said a single word about it since then. And that reveal dropped just a hair short of two years ago. With Avengers trailers dropping like crazy this week, doesn’t it seem like the perfect time for one more?
Splinter Cell (Likelihood: 4/10)
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— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 2, 2018
The biggest thing we have to go on right now is this trailer above. Nearly everything in that trailer is either a big 2018 game (Red Dead Redemption II), an upcoming 2019 game (Gears of War 5), or an ongoing game (Destiny 2). What we see in that trailer that definitely isn’t is Splinter Cell.
Ubisoft’s stealth franchise has been dormant since Splinter Cell: Blacklist came out in 2013. Since then, we’ve had a few rumors, and Sam Fisher even appeared in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Ubisoft also saw fit to drop a reference to the series in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. That’s a lot of Sam Fisher in a relatively short time. But this is also not much to go on.
Even so, this is my personal most-wanted reveal. I’ve been jonesing for a new Splinter Cell game since the excellent Blacklist, and I want to see Sam Fisher come back.
Pokemon Switch (Likelihood: 5/10)
Nintendo has been teasing that it would be at the Game Awards since this summer when Reggie told producer Geoff Keighley that Nintendo would “do something special” at the Game Awards to make up for stealing the show’s thunder by releasing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the very next day.
Few Nintendo games are more anticipated than the Pokemon title headed for Switch. But then again…
Metroid Prime 4 (Likelihood: 6/10)
Metroid Prime 4 seems even more likely. There’s this tweet from Geoff, to start with, which features himself, Reggie Fils-Aime in a shirt with the Metroid Prime logo, and, for some reason, Wolfgang Puck? I don’t know how he’s involved here. But the presence of Reggie and that shirt are too much to ignore.
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— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) September 27, 2018
And then there’s the fact that Metroid Prime is just better suited to the Game Awards audience, which typically tends toward action games, games aimed at men, science fiction stories, and shooter games. Pokemon isn’t any of those, but Metroid Prime checks a lot of those boxes.
Alien: Blackout (Likelihood: 7/10)
We know an Alien game is in the works – Fox has said as much. And a trademark recently registered to Alien: Blackout seems to suggest that an announcement is incoming.
And then, finally, there’s the appearance of a distinctly Weyland-Yutani-esque screen in another one of Keighley’s tweets about the show. And again, Alien definitely fits the intended audience. Word on what this game will be is still up in the air. Studios involved have experience on both shooters and online games, so it could be anything along that scale. Alien: Isolation was a mostly-great game, but it’s worth noting that was done by Creative Assembly, which is reportedly not involved with this project.
Death Stranding – Actual Gameplay? (Likelihood: 8/10)
There’s nothing to suggest that Death Stranding will be at the show other than that Keighley and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima are BFFs. And that last year’s show included another baffling trailer for the game.
The last things we saw for the game showed some light gameplay along with more of the game’s utter weirdness, so we’re hoping to see some real gameplay this time around. With rumors hinting at a 2019 release, this would be the time to unveil the game in all its inky glory.
Dragon Age News (Likelihood: 9/10)
BioWare promised us last week that we’ll be getting some big Dragon Age news this month. While in the last few years we might’ve assumed that could come at Sony’s PSX event, Sony’s skipping that just like it’s skipping E3 2019. EA could just throw a trailer up on YouTube and call it good, sure, but there’s nothing like a Worldwide Exclusive Premiere to get eyeballs on an announcement. We’re pretty sure EA is talking about the Game Awards when they say news is coming this month.
Obsidian’s New Game (Likelihood: 10/10)
Obsidian has literally confirmed that it’ll be revealing a new game, so we’re pretty confident on this one, but still excited. Obsidian Entertainment has been responsible for games from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II to Dungeon Siege III and South Park: The Stick of Truth. They’re also the company responsible for one of the most beloved entries in the entirety of the Fallout series, Fallout: New Vegas. So understandably, we’re excited – even though we don’t know a thing about this upcoming game, other than that it’s some sort of space-faring sci-fi event.
The Video Game Awards air December 6, 2018 at 8:30pm Eastern/7:30pm Central.