THE Game Awards have long been known as the gaming version of the Oscars, and it takes less than a month to announce the winners.
The nominations came out earlier this week and everyone has already guessed who the winners might be.
The team that makes the Game Awards a reality has already committed all the games that will be revealed and trailers that will be shown.
All that’s left is for the audience to vote and the show goes on.
We spoke to Geoff Keighley, creator of the awards show, as he finalizes preparations for the event.
Many announcements were apparently revealed online ahead of the show, as insiders speculate surrounding rumors.
Keighley says: “It’s always difficult because if there’s more than 50 games involved in any way, something will come out.
“But yes, [we have a] Pretty good story, knock wood, with the show and we usually have some surprises in store.
Once a game is revealed at the awards, Keighley’s job is over, but the developer jobs are just beginning.
He explains, “I spoke to a company and they said, ‘Hey, we announced our game at The Game Awards, we have a spreadsheet of 143 things we need to do right after.’
“You know, updating the website and social posts and things like that. So it’s just a lot of stuff that needs to be coordinated. We hope we will surprise people.”
It is the first time in three years that the Game Awards will be filmed with a live audience and approximately 1,000 fans will be in attendance.
Keighley claims it will be the “most cinematic show” the team has ever put on, complete with a live orchestra and stage theatre.
The plan is to streamline things this year and have a shorter show than last year’s four-hour event.
However, Keighley maintains that doesn’t mean skimping on the number of world premieres.
He says: “I don’t have a number for you, but it’s consistent with past years.
“We’ve announced some existing games that will feature brand new content, and then we have a bunch of new games to reveal as well.
“There is already a lot of speculation on the internet about what will or will not be there.
“I’m sure some rumors are probably untrue and they will only intensify in the coming weeks.”
It always feels like Keighley knows all the secrets of the industry, and he’s saving them all for this one night.
The Game Awards are considered “the place” to announce your game, although it’s all about honoring games released in the last year.
Keighley says: “We are in an incredible position.
“We have so many games that make us want to do things on the show that the difficult thing for me, to be honest, is we just don’t have enough time to do everything we want to do.
“That’s why I always turn down a lot of games because we just don’t have the space to do things.
“The good thing about this year was that this summer I got to travel a bit more and visit studios and watch games.
“I’m very, very excited about some of the stuff that we have on the show. There’s the big stuff, there’s the small stuff – we’re really trying to have a diverse selection of content.”
The big surprise of the 2021 show was The Matrix Awakens trailer, which really showcased the power of Unreal Engine 5.
According to Keighley, more mind-blowing demos like this will appear on this year’s show.
He explains, “We have some big Unreal Engine 5 games on the show.
“Hopefully our show inspires you about the future of the medium and the future potential of gaming.
“Sometimes we show games that won’t be out for a few years, just to get people excited.
“But the bottom line now is this: is a game company showing a game that’s coming out in three months versus a game that’s coming out in three years?
“There was a feeling that people were trying to spool that up a bit and the time between the announcement and shipping was shorter, which I think is a positive thing.”
Keighley says he doesn’t see E3 as a competitor to his Summer Games Fest, but it will be interesting to see which show the majority of publishers line up with when June comes around.
You can get in the mood for The Game Awards on December 8th.
Written by Kirk McKeand and Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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