- The video game industry's annual awards show, The Game Awards, takes place on Thursday night.
- More than just an awards show, The Game Awards is a big opportunity for game makers to announce new projects or tease upcoming ones.
- With just over 24 hours to go, a handful of announcements have begun trickling out early.
On Thursday evening, the video game industry celebrates the year in games with its annual award show: The Game Awards.
Unlike the Oscars, this is no black-tie affair; The Game Awards are an annual opportunity to announce new games, offer updates on hotly-anticipated titles, and go into further detail on soon-to-be released games. Awards are given out, and people do indeed dress up, but it's part awards show, part marketing event.
And like so many similar events before it, several major announcements have already begun to leak or be officially teased.
Here's what we're seeing so far:
1. A new "Far Cry" game.
A new "Far Cry" game? Didn't one of those come out, like, in 2018?
Yep! That game was "Far Cry 5," and it came out back in late March on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The open-world first-person shooter was set in America for the first time ever, and featured a new antagonist: a maniacal cult leader with nuclear ambitions.
Apparently another "Far Cry" game isn't too far away — and it's a distant sequel, set in a post-apocalypse Montana. All we've got to go on thus far is the teaser trailer Ubisoft put out ahead of Thursday's announcement during the show.
The trailer alludes to a period of extreme weather following a nuclear detonation, eventually leading to a new world — a world where people shoot sawblades from crossbows, apparently.
Here's that teaser for the next "Far Cry" game:
2. A new "Dragon Age" game (that may be years away).
EA's BioWare division is responsible for major franchises like "Mass Effect," the upcoming "Anthem," and — most importantly in this case — "Dragon Age."
The role-playing series has been dormant for years at this point, but work on a new game in the franchise has been ongoing at BioWare. EA hasn't officially announced as much, and it sounds like The Game Awards is where that's going to happen.
"'Dragon Age' is an incredibly important franchise in our studio, and we’re excited to continue its legacy," BioWare lead Casey Hudson said on the BioWare blog in late November. "Look for more on this in the coming month."
As you might have already guessed, The Game Awards seems to be the planned location of the big reveal. And, according to a report in VentureBeat, the game may still be years away. "At least" three years away, according to "sources familiar with the studio."
That makes "Dragon Age 4" (or whatever it might be called) a likely candidate for being on the next iterations of the PlayStation and Xbox consoles — the "PlayStation 5" and whatever the successor the Xbox One is called.
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