The Game Awards returns on December 8th and should have tons of trailers and world premieres. Host and creator Geoff Keighley revealed recently that over 50 games are involved in some way. That doesn’t mean all of them will get trailers, but there have been rumors about some reveals. Let’s take a look at 15 of the biggest possible announcements.
Metal Gear Solid 3 Remake Reveal
Metal Gear Solid had its share of rumors last year, the most significant being that Virtuos is working on a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3. Things seemed somewhat quiet since this news emerged, but this past October saw the developer uploading a recruitment video where fans spotted the “The Art of Metal Gear Solid” book. It then recently listed Konami as a client on its website while noting its experience with Fox Engine (used to develop Metal Gear Solid 5). An announcement at The Game Awards may seem off base, but these recent developments are conspicuous.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Trailer and Release Date
You’d be forgiven for thinking Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a way off. Electronic Arts revealed the sequel to the hit action-adventure back in May and went radio silent. Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb alleges it to be on track for release in March 2023, with new information coming in December. Insider-Gaming’s Tom Henderson would later reveal a new trailer, release date, and pre-order date would be revealed roughly 30 minutes into The Game Awards 2022. Again, we’ll have to wait and see, but EA needs to start promoting the game sooner rather than later.
Back in June, Kojima Productions’ rumored next project Overdose was leaked. It allegedly stars Margaret Qualley of Death Stranding fame, though it seems more of a horror game. The studio would begin teasing the title at TGS 2022 with a mysterious woman (later revealed to be Elle Fanning) and a tagline stating, “Who am I?”
Another image at PAX Australia featured another silhouetted actor (later confirmed to be Shioli Kutsuna) with the words “Where am I?” The next teaser image had no actor and simply asked, “How come?” It’s all seemingly leading to something, and a reveal at The Game Awards feels likely.
Diablo 4 Release Date Reveal
It’s no secret that Blizzard has been hosting closed tests for Diablo 4, but Insider-Gaming’s Tom Henderson reported that various hands-on impressions from media outlets would go live in early December. This is reportedly slated for before The Game Awards, though the actual date may be subject to change.
XboxEra’s Nick Baker alleged that a release date would be announced at the show, with Windows Central corroborating. The latter also claimed pre-orders to be going live as well, along with a reveal of premium physical and digital editions, and pre-order bonuses (including an open beta in February). So whether it’s before the awards or on the same date, Diablo 4 news is reportedly due in the coming weeks.
Final Fantasy 16 New Trailer and Release Date Announcement
Final Fantasy 16 is the next big mainline Final Fantasy title and has only looked more impressive since its reveal last year. While the development team plans to reveal the release date in December, this could happen at The Game Awards. According to Insider-Gaming’s Tom Henderson, pre-orders are reportedly going live on December 7th or 8th, with a new trailer also to be revealed. That could be when the event unveils the release date, though the developer could opt to specify the month instead of a hard date.
NetherRealm’s Next Game
Whether it’s leaks or teases from the studio itself, Mortal Kombat 12 has long been rumored as NetherRealm’s next project. Nevertheless, chief creative officer Ed Boon took some fans aback when he outright tweeted that the developer’s next project was Injustice 3 or Mortal Kombat 12. Call it rolling or an honest-to-goodness answer, but NetherRealm did announce Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11 at previous TGAs. Perhaps three times the charm this year.
Alan Wake 2
Remedy Entertainment was set to reveal more on Alan Wake 2 at this year’s Summer Game Fest showcase. That didn’t happen, but it assured fans that the horror game is on track for 2023. An appearance at The Game Awards 2022 is still kind of 50/50, but since it was revealed at last year’s show, it’s certainly possible.
Crash Bandicoot Wumpa League
Rumors of a new Crash Bandicoot game have circulated for a while, with several indications that it could be a multiplayer project called Wumpa League. Jez Corden of Windows Central reported on the next title being a four-player brawler developed by Toys for Bob. Why could it be announced at The Game Awards? An “Aku Aku’s Steam-In Pizza Shack” box was sent to YouTuber Canadian Guy Eh with a receipt that said, “Hungry for more? Try out our new Wumpa Pizza for $12.08!” “12.08,” of course, corresponds to The Game Awards on December 8th. Whether it’s Wumpa League or not, a new Crash Bandicoot announcement is coming.
Death Stranding 2
Would two Kojima Productions reveals at one show make much sense? Probably not, which is also why Kojima may go ahead and do it. We already know Death Stranding 2 is in development, thanks to actor Norman Reedus confirming the same. Whether it’s far enough to showcase anything remains to be seen, but even a simple announcement by Kojima that it’s in the works, even in pre-production, is enough.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
While a new trailer for Skull and Bones is likely to be showcased to remind everyone that it still exists, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora could appear, despite being delayed to sometime between April 2023 and March 2024. Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to the first movie, will release one week after The Game Awards. Weird as it sounds, some cross-promotion is possible, though it’s still a toss-up given rumors in July about Frontiers of Pandora being in rough shape.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
Like Mortal Kombat, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 has a history with The Game Awards. It was first revealed at The Game Awards 2019 and re-emerged at TGA 2021 with a gameplay trailer. Given the lack of new footage at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, not to mention the lackluster number of Xbox exclusives this year, it could get some update on December 8th. Not a release date, of course, but one can still dream.
Layers of Fears Release Date Reveal
While Bloober Team is now known more for being “The Silent Hill 2 Remake Studio,” it still has a new Layers of Fear title coming out. Developed on Unreal Engine 5 for Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and PC, it was announced at the Summer Game Fest showcase and received another trailer at the Future Games Show during Gamescom. A proper release date at The Game Awards is possible, especially if it’s out in early 2023.
New Ghost Recon
A new Ghost Recon is rumored to be in development. It was mentioned in the infamous GeForce Now leak and reportedly targets a release by March 31st, 2023. If still planned for the same, a reveal at The Game Awards wouldn’t be far-fetched. It’s unlikely but keep an eye out all the same.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Back in September, an insider claimed that gameplay for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 would be shown “soon.” That didn’t happen, but Insomniac did note that the game is making good progress and is still scheduled for 2023. Sony would probably save a major reveal like this for its next PlayStation Showcase. Or it may try to steal everyone’s thunder at The Game Awards.
The Wolf Among Us 2
Given how it’s releasing in 2023 and had a preview hosted by The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley last February, The Wolf Among Us 2 seems plausible for this year’s show. Telltale Games said in September that there wouldn’t be any more updates “for a while” since it doesn’t want to overhype the game. Call it a toss-up for now.