The Game Awards 2021 is the latest installment of the annual awards show hosted by Geoff Keighley. Every year, the show gives awards that have been voted on to a variety of games, with Xbox and Bethesda leading the 2021 nominations. In addition to all the awards, this show is also known for big gaming industry reveals, with updates, teasers and surprises from across numerous publishers and indie developers alike.
If you'd like to get up to speed ahead of the show, we've got you covered. We're tracking everything that's confirmed (or being teased) for the Game Awards 2021, at least so far. Some of these announcements could end up being some of the best Xbox games available.
Everything teased for The Game Awards 2021
Embark Studios, a team in Stockholm led by former EA executives, has teased that its first game, ARC Raiders, will be shown off during The Game Awards 2021.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen trailer
There'll be a new trailer for Destiny 2: The Witch Queen expansion at some point during The Game Awards 2021.
Halo Series world premiere
The long-awaited Halo series will be shown at The Game Awards 2021.
Blackbird Interactive has been teasing something new for Homeworld, the RTS set in space, for a while now, but confirmed ahead of The Game Awards on Thursday that it is indeed Homeworld 3.
More Game Pass for PC titles
The Xbox Game Pass for PC Twitter account is teasing several new games being added to Game Pass for PC. These games should be announced during The Game Awards 2021.
Improbable's new game
Studio Improbable is confirmed to be revealing its new game during The Game Awards 2021. Improbable has traditonally worked on large scale multiplayer games that require a lot of online infrastructure.
The Matrix Awakens
While not technically a game, an Unreal Engine 5 tech demo called The Matrix Awakens will go live during The Game Awards 2021. The tech demo is exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5, featuring actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
The Matrix: Resurrections
It's a Matrix double-feature! During The Game Awards 2021, we'll get a new look at the upcoming film, The Matrix: Resurrections.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the next Sonic game
After an initial teasing Twitter exchange, we've got confirmation. A Sonic game will be at The Game Awards 2021. Additionally, there's going to be a new look at Sonic the Hedgehog 2, sequel to the first film.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady Games' Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is going to be present at The Game Awards 2021.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Gearbox's Borderlands spinoff Tiny Tina's Wonderlands will also be present at The Game Awards. The team will probably be presenting new footage, but also maybe something about yo-yo's? That's if the teaser on Twitter is anything to go by.
What won't be at The Game Awards 2021
While it's always disappointing knowing that something won't be at the awards show, it is better to go in with lowered expectations if we know for sure something isn't going to be present.
Dragon Age 4
Besides some smaller nominations for Call of Duty, Activision Blizzard won't be present at The Game Awards, according to Keighley. There were questions as to whether The Game Awards would take a stance with the company, which has been embroiled in the aftermath of a workplace harassment lawsuit. While Keighley initially said in a Washington Post interview that he was thinking about how to "navigate" the relationship, he announced over the weekend that the company wouldn't be a part of the event.
The company previously said that upcoming games like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 had been delayed, so fans weren't expecting any big announcements.
Keighley confirmed on Tuesday that Ubisoft Quartz, the publisher's new NFTs for gaming, won't be present at The Game Awards 2021.
What are you hoping to see?
Keighley has said in interviews that viewers should expect a number of reveals. In an interview with USA Today, Keighely said "probably six or ten of our games are things that people don't know exist, but we're going to reveal them at the show in a fun way." There's a lot to look forward to, and we'll be covering it here at Windows Central.