The Game Awards, the video game industry's premier awards show, has returned for 2022. It's an exciting night of celebration for gamers and developers everywhere, as games and the studios that crafted them are recognized for their exemplary quality and talent. Organized by Geoff Keighley and hosted at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, it's without a doubt one of the most prestigious gaming events of the year.
We're excited to live blog everything shown off at The Game Awards live this year, ranging from award nominations and winners to world premieres and trailers that show off the best of what gaming has to offer in 2023 and beyond. Keep scrolling for the Windows Central team's full coverage of the event, including exciting pieces of news, key takeaways, and more.
Greetings, and thanks for joining Windows Central for one of the biggest, most anticipated video games events of the year. The Game Awards 2022, hosted once again by Geoff Keighley, will celebrate all of the latest and greatest video games of 2022 — and share plenty of peeks at what's to come to players in the future. Windows Central is covering the entire event from start to finish with every Game Awards winner, game trailer and announcement, and all the unique and original opinions you can't find anywhere else.
Stay tuned, as our coverage on The Game Awards will persist through the event and beyond. If you don't want to miss a thing, this is where you should be. The Game Awards 2022 has officially arrived.
Need to know where you can watch The Game Awards? The event is streaming at the locations above. — Zachary Boddy
Vampire Survivors is now available for free on mobile platforms
Vampire Survivors is available now on mobile platforms, with a trailer for the release shown during The Game Awards. It's completely free on both iOS and Android, and is a fantastic game to play if you're looking for some intense bullet hell action to kill time with. Check out our short list of Vampire Survivor tricks for some beginner's tips. — Brendan Lowry
MultiVersus wins Best Fighting Game 2022 at The Game Awards
The Warner Bros. platform fighter MultiVersus has won the Best Fighting Game award, with the title widely recognized for its excellent gameplay depth, fantastic presentation, and its wide variety of popular and beloved characters. Here at Windows Central, we love the game, and called it a "super-smashing platform fighter" in our MultiVerus review. — Brendan Lowry
Returnal hits PC in early 2023
During The Game Awards 2022 pre-show, PlayStation showed up to confirm that Returnal is hitting Windows PC in "early 2023." Notably, this is the first PS5 exclusive that Sony has announced for PC, despite the growing list of PlayStation Studios games on PC. — Samuel Tolbert
Street Fighter 6 confirms June 2, 2023 release date, up for pre-order
After having its release date leaked via the PlayStation Store, Street Fighter 6 is confirmed to be arriving on Xbox Series X|S, Windows PCs, and other platforms on June 2, 2023. You can also now pre-order Street Fighter 6 from Xbox, with 3 editions from which to choose. More expensive editions include a Character Pass, additional characters, in-game currency, and more. — Zachary Boddy
Valorant wins Best Esports Game at The Game Awards
Valorant, the sci-fi tactical shooter inspired by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has won the Best Esports Game award at The Game Awards. Ever since it released in 2020, Valorant has taken the competitive gaming scene by storm with its snappy gunplay, deep and nuanced gameplay flow, its wide variety of playable "Agents," and more. Notably, Xbox Game Pass subscribers now get access to all Valorant Agents right away. — Brendan Lowry
BioShock devs announce Judas for Xbox, PC
Ghost Story Games, formerly known as Irrational Games (known for developing BioShock and BioShock infinite), has announced Judas at The Game Awards. Judas is described as a "narrative first-person shooter" and appears to feature strange, shocking environments, a dark and twisted story, and lots of intense gameplay moments. The game can be wishlisted now, and will release on Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store, and PS5. With any luck, it will end up being one of the best Xbox shooters when it launches. — Brendan Lowry
Christopher Judge wins Best Performance
Christopher Judge won Best Performance for his role as Kratos in God of War Ragnarök. In his (very lengthy) acceptance speech, Judge talked emotionally about the process of performing in the game. God of War Ragnarök is not yet available on PC, having launched on PS5 and PS4 on Nov. 9, 2022. God of War (2018) is available on PC, so it will likely launch at a later date. — Samuel Tolbert
Stray wins Best Debut Indie Game 2022 at The Game Awards
Stray, the adorable cat adventure game from BlueTwelve Studio, has won the Best Debut Indie Game 2022 award at The Game Awards. The game captivated countless gamers with its gorgeous visuals, intricately-detailed level design, enjoyable gameplay mechanics, and its precious feline protagonist. We awarded the game 4.5/5 stars in our review, calling it a "deeply emotional adventure" that we fell in love with. — Brendan Lowry
Hades 2 gets announced, being developed in early access
Hades continues to be one of the best indie games released in years, and Supergiant Games has finally announced Hades 2, the sequel to the legendary roguelike. Hades 2 is currently confirmed for Steam and Epic Games Store on Windows PCs, and will be developed in early access alongside players. More info on Hades 2 will come in 2023. — Zachary Boddy
The Last of Us Part 1 gets PC release date
More PlayStation Studios games coming to PC were announced during the show. Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part 1, a remake of the 2013 game, launched on PS5 earlier in the year. Now, it's heading to PC on March 3, 2023. Featuring rebuilt graphics, this is the second Naughty Dog game to come to PC after Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection launched on PC earlier in 2022. All things told, PlayStation is quickly becoming responsible for some of the best PC games available. — Samuel Tolbert