Game Awards 2021 Event Recap - Announcements and Winners

The Game Awards is back in it's full in person live event, and it was an absolute blast. The reveals and news were the real king of the show as we come together to celebrate the work of the talented developers in the industry. We will specify that the winners in these categories are NOT Game Infinite's picks, but a news report of the event itself. Game Infinite's annual end of year event and end of year picks will be in a later article.

This year sure had it's fair share of surprise category wins, a surprise for sure for GOTY, and some absolutely shocking and exciting game reveals that I am very excited for.

Below is a recap of some of the biggest announcements at the event, and the winners in the various categories. If you are interested in watching the full event, a link is provided below.

Full Event

Here is a master list for those looking for a short list for all winners and news, before we get to the breakdown. We will discuss some of the categories and news farther down. Here is the main list however.

Winners in each category:

  • Games for Impact: Life Is Strange: True Colors

  • Reddit's Game of the Year: Resident Evil Village

  • Best Esports Athlete: Simple

  • Best Esports Team: Natus Vincere

  • Best Esports Coach: Kkoma

  • Best Esports Event: 2021 League of Legends World Championship

  • Best Audio Design: Forza Horizon 5

  • Best Debut Indie Game: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

  • Best Performance: Maggie Robertson, Resident Evil Village

  • Best Action: Returnal

  • Best Art Direction: Deathloop

  • Players' Voice: Halo Infinite

  • Best Role Playing Game: Tales of Arise

  • Best Score & Music: Nier Replicant

  • Content Creator of the Year: Dream

  • Best Multiplayer Game: It Takes Two

  • Best Mobile Game: Genshin Impact

  • Best Narrative: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Best Action/Adventure: Metroid Dread

  • Best Ongoing Game: Final Fantasy XIV

  • Best Community Support: Final Fantasy XIV

  • Innovation in Accessibility: Forza Horizon 5

  • Best Sports/Racing: Forza Horizon 5

  • Best Game Direction: Deathloop

  • Best Esports Game: League of Legends

  • Best Family Game: It Takes Two

  • Best Fighting Game: Guilty Gear Strive

  • Best Strategy Game: Age of Empires IV

  • Most Anticipated Game: Elden Ring

  • Best Independent Game: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

  • Game of the Year: It Takes Two

Game Reveals/News:

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  • Homeworld 3

  • Telltale's The Expanse

  • Chivalry II: House Aberfell

  • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

  • Thirsty Suitors

  • Have a Nice Death

  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

  • Wonder Woman

  • Alan Wake II

  • Star Wars: Eclipse

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PC)

  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

  • Slitterhead

  • Nightingale

  • Beat Saber: Lady Gaga

  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

  • Sonic Frontiers

  • Warhammer Space Marine II

  • Dune: Spice Wars

  • Among Us VR

  • Star Trek: Resurgence

  • Rumbleverse

  • Halo (TV series)

  • Arc Raiders

  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

This year's game Awards was packed filled with amazing news that got me off the couch in excitement. Here are some noteworthy wins and game news complete with trailers.

GOTY 2021 - It Takes Two

INDIE GOTY 2021 - Kena Bridge of Spirits

Star Wars Eclipse

Nothing made me scoot to the edge of my seat in pure, unbridled nerdy excitement as seeing Lucasfilm Games logo appear on screen at the game awards. Is it Jedi Fallen Order 2? Is it anything? What proceeded next was an absolutely gorgeous cinematic trailer. Funny thing is I JUST talked about this rumored game in the article earlier this week, "Every Star Wars Game we know about" and tonight we got the beautiful look at this new game. Set in the High Republic, Quantic Dream is making the next Star Wars title to be revealed. QD is known for their absolutely phenomenal visuals and character models. While this was a cinematic trailer, to be honest, it would not surprise me at all if the characters in the game look as good as they do in the trailer from QD's track record. This game just shot itself to the top of my anticipation lists.

Wonder Woman

One small teaser that also really stole some excitement was the reveal that WB is working on a Wonder Woman game! We are in a golden age of super heroes and that is now extending to video games with more and more amazing games releasing around super heroes, I can't explain how excited I am for my favorite female super hero to be getting her own game. Plus the design they went with for Wonder Woman is just iconic and classic. Hopefully this will be a narrative single player experience more in kin with Spiderman or Guardians of the Galaxy, and nothing out their like the failed Avengers game.

Alan Wake 2

Fans were surprised with Alan Wake, beloved horror game getting a surprise sequel announcement, now with a emphasis on survival horror.

Halo TV Series - Paramount+ Trailer

It is a good time to be a Halo fan. With Halo Infinite finally here and in great polished quality, and now finally the long promised Halo TV series is finally actually probably still happening. I will believe it when it actually playing on my screen. There have been multiple Halo tv show projects that have been cancelled and rebooted, along with film projects that failed. I remember sitting way back during the actual Xbox One reveal, hearing them talk about a Halo show. Here we are a year in to the Xbox One's successor 8ish years later, and still no Halo show. This trailer...looks beautiful, and I can't wait to have it.

Warhammer 40k: Space Marine 2

I really really want to get into the Warhammer universe. I love sci-fi and fantasy and it just looks so fascinating. But I will say as an outsider to the franchise it intimidating to know where to start. Warhammer cranks out so so sooooo many games each year, and the list of existing Warhammer games is 40k...ilometers long. I have always wanted to play Space Marine because it is one of the few games in the massive list of Warhammer games that is a third person shooter, and it looks really fun but I have never gotten around to it. Now that a sequel is announced, now I have an excuse to play this game.