The Game Awards creator, producer, and host Geoff Keighley had previously said that this year’s awards show would not be cancelled, and that would be moving ahead with a new plan in place to work around the turmoil brought about by COVID-19. Now, concrete details have been officially shared about what that plan is.
It’s been confirmed that The Game Awards will be happening on Thursday, December 10, later this year. Interestingly enough, the show will be streamed live worldwide from three difference locations- Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo. It will be held inside studios without audiences, while The Game Festival will also return, featuring a week of demos, live-streams, content drops in games and more.
The Game Awards 2020 will also be introducing a new awards category for new innovation in accessibility, recognizing developers who’re pushing the envelope in a bid to make gaming accessible to larger and wider audiences through features and innovations in both software and hardware.
You can also expect new game reveals, big announcements, musical performances, and more- all on top of the awards themselves, of course.
“The thing that I’m worried about more than anything is that — there’s so much anticipation for the show — is that we don’t have big games to announce to the fans, then that becomes a disappointment too,” Geoff Keighley said in an interview with Variety. “So I talked to all the game companies and they’re like ‘no, we’ve got great content to kind of show fans around games,’ and they’re really excited to show that,” he says. “So yeah, it’s gonna be a super interesting at the end of the year to see what comes out at the top.”
2020 has seen the launch of some excellent games, from Persona 5 Royal, Ghost of Tsushima, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake to Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Half-Life: Alyx, and The Last of Us Part 2– and so, so many more. Quite a few are still to come, with Cyberpunk 2077 perhaps being the most notable- though with the game launching on November 19, it is unclear if it will be eligible for this year’s awards, with the show’s cutoff date currently undecided. “We’re still figuring out how that’s going to work out,” Keighley says on that matter.
Either way, we’ll be learning more about the nominees, new announcements, and more from The Game Awards in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to GamingBolt for all of those updates.
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