The Game Awards 2021 Recap: Winners and New Announcements

The Game Awards 2021 Recap: Winners and New Announcements
Following a new year of big-name titles and highly anticipated releases, fans of gaming were able to enjoy The Game Awards 2021 on December 9th. The winners of The Game Awards made headlines around the world, and brand-new announcements stunned thousands of viewers.
You can check out the full live stream below. But if you want a quick recap of The Game Awards for 2021, this article will list every winner – and every major announcement.

The Game Awards 2021 Winners

  1. Best Game Direction – Deathloop
  2. Best Narrative – Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Best Art Direction – Deathloop
  4. Best Score and Music – NieR Replicant
  5. Best Audio Design – Forza Horizon 5
  6. Best Performance – Maggie Robertson (Resident Evil Village)
  7. Games for Impact – Life is Strange: True Colors
  8. Best Ongoing – Final Fantasy XIV Online
  9. Best Indie – Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  10. Best Mobile Game – Genshin Impact
  11. Best Community Support – Final Fantasy XIV Online
  12. Innovation in Accessibility – Forza Horizon 5
  13. Best VR/AR – Resident Evil 4
  14. Best Action Game – Returnal
  15. Best Action/Adventure – Metroid Dread
  16. Best Role Playing – Tales of Arise
  17. Best Fighting – Guilty Gear Strive
  18. Best Family – It Takes Two
  19. Best Sim/Strategy – Age of Empires IV
  20. Best Sports/Racing – Forza Horizon 5
  21. Best Multiplayer – It Takes Two
  22. Content Creator of the Year – Dream
  23. Best Debut Indie – Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  24. Most Anticipated Game – Elden Ring
  25. Best Esports Game – League of Legends
  26. Best Esports Athlete – S1mple
  27. Best Esports Team – Natus Vincere
  28. Best Esports Coach – kkOma
  29. Best Esports Event – 2021 League of Legends World Championship
Game of the Year – It Takes Two
You can check out all of the Game Awards 2021 winners and nominees here. Don’t feel too disappointed if your favorite game didn’t win this year – even a nomination is something to be happy about!

The Game Awards 2021 Announcements

There were a ton of announcements at The Game Awards. You can follow each link to the listed trailer, but we'll embed a select few of the most anticipated reveals.

Trailers for Games Already Announced

Tunic – Release Date Trailer

The King of Fighters XV – Newcomer Trailer

Homeworld 3 – Gameplay Trailer

Babylon’s Fall – New Gameplay Trailer

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak – Story Teaser

Evil West – Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Planet of Lana – New Trailer

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Lost Ark – Launch Date Trailer

Horizon Forbidden West – New Trailer

Destiny 2 – Expansion Trailer

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum – Cinematic Trailer

Somerville – New Trailer

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course – Release Date Reveal

Tchia – New Trailer

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League – Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Forspoken – New Trailer

Saints Row – Gameplay Trailer

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – Story Trailer

Genshin Impact – Newcomer Trailer

Steelrising – Cinematic Trailer

Metal Hellsinger – New Trailer

A Plague Tale: Requiem – Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Dying Light 2 – Cinematic Trailer

CrossfireX – Release Date Reveal

Bloodhunt – New Trailer

GTFO – Release and New Trailer

Elden Ring – Cinematic Trailer

SYNCED: Off-Planet – Cinematic Trailer

Trailers for Brand-New Announcements

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Expanse: A Telltale Series – Announcement Trailer

Thirsty Suitors

Have a Nice Death

Star Wars Eclipse

Wonder Woman

Alan Wake 2



Sonic Frontiers

Note: A new Sonic game was teased back in May, but its name and premise was revealed during The Game Awards.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2

Dune: Spice Wars

Among Us VR

Star Trek: Resurgence


ARC Raiders

The Matrix Awakens

Misc. Announcements

Chivalry 2 (Update Trailer and Free Weekend Announcement)

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (New Port)

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Movie Trailer

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (PC Port Announcement)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Free-to-play Announcement)

Nightmare Alley Movie Trailer

Fall Guys (Nightmare Before Christmas Skins)

Halo (TV Series)

Rocket League (New Cars)

That’s everything new from The Game Awards 2021. There’s still a lot to be revealed from these games and studios, so be sure to keep them on your radar!
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