THE Game Awards have long been known as gaming’s version of the Oscars, and it’s less than a month before the winners are revealed.
The nominations came out earlier this week and everyone has already guessed who the winners might be.
The team behind The Game Awards has already blocked all games that will be revealed and trailers that will be shown.
All that is left is for the audience to vote and the show goes on.
We spoke to Geoff Keighley, creator of the awards show, as he makes final preparations for the event.
It appears that many announcements have been revealed ahead of the show online, as insiders speculate on the surrounding rumors.
Keighley says: “It’s always difficult because when you have 50+ games involved in some way, something comes out.
“But yes, [we have a] pretty good story, knock on wood, with the show and we usually keep some surprises.
Once a game is revealed at the awards, Keighley’s work is done, but the developer jobs are just getting started.
He explains: “I was talking to a company and they said, ‘Hey, we announced our game at The Game Awards, we have a spreadsheet with 143 things we need to do right after.’
“You know, updating the website, social posts and stuff like that. So it’s just a lot of things that need to be coordinated. Hopefully we can surprise people.”
It is the first time The Game Awards will be filmed with a live audience in three years and around 1k fans will be in attendance.
Keighley says it will be the most “cinematic” “movie show” the team has ever made, featuring a live orchestra and stage performances.
The plan is to beef things up this year and have a shorter show than last year’s four-hour event.
However, Keighley says that doesn’t mean she’s 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 have a few existing games announced that will showcase new content, and then we also have a lot of new games to reveal.
“A lot of speculation online already about what will or won’t be there.
“I’m sure some rumors are probably incorrect and will only escalate in the coming weeks.”
It always seems like Keighley knows all the secrets of the industry and is saving them all for tonight.
The Game Awards are considered “the place” to announce your game, despite honoring games released in the past year.
Keighley says: “We are in an incredible position.
“We have so many games that push us to do things on the show that the hard thing for me, honestly, is that we don’t have enough time to do everything we want to do.
“So 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 is that I was able to travel a little more this summer, visit the studios and check out the games.
“I’m very, very excited about some of the things that we have on the show. There’s the big stuff, there’s the little stuff – we really try to have a diverse slate of content.
The big surprise of the 2021 show was the trailer for The Matrix Awakens, which really demonstrated the power of Unreal Engine 5.
According to Keighley, more jaw-dropping demos like this will appear on this year’s show.
He explains, “We have some great Unreal Engine 5 games on the show.
“We hope our show gets you excited about the future of the medium and gets you excited about the potential future of gaming.
“Sometimes we show games that aren’t coming out for a few years just to get people excited.
“But the balance now is: Is a game company showing a game that’s coming out in three months instead of three years?
“There was a sense that people were trying to shoot it a bit and the length between ad and shipping was shorter which I think is a good thing.”
Keighley says he doesn’t see E3 as competition for his Summer Games Fest, but it will be interesting to see what show most publishers choose to host their reveals with when June rolls around.
You can tune into The Game Awards on December 8th.
Written by Kirk McKeand and Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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