The biggest night in gaming had its fair share of surprises.
The Game Awards
Many awesome games were revealed. Several acclaimed titles took home awards. And yet, an important genre that had a great year didn’t get any recognition.
Check out Inverse’s complete list of award winners from The Game Awards 2021.
The Four Biggest Winners
Driven to win.
Xbox Game Studios
Playground Games’ Forza Horizon 5 wasn’t nominated for Game of the Year, likely because it was released a little too late for most judges to play it. Still, it won 3 awards!
Forza Horizon 5 won Best Audio Design, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Sports/Racing, spearheading a strong The Game Awards showing for Xbox Game Studios.
Beyond Forza Horizon 5, Xbox Game Studios had a great night.
Ninja Theory used The Game Awards to debut gameplay from Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, a game that will push the boundaries of what Xbox Series X can do.
On top of that, Microsoft showed the first trailer for the Halo TV show, advertised Xbox Game Pass for PC, and gave us new looks at exclusive indies like Tunic, Sommerville, and Planet of Lana.
Even Deathloop, a PS5 exclusive that won two awards, is technically an Xbox Game Studios game under Bethesda.
Pot Friend, ladies and gentlemen. Need I say more?
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Yes, actually. Elden Ring got a fantastic new story trailer at The Game Awards, hyping up the title that has won Most Anticipated Game two years in a row.
But Geoff couldn’t have done it without Pot Friend.
Hazelight Studios and EA’s It Takes Two won Game of the Year at The Game Awards, making it the most notable winner of the night.
It Takes Two also received awards for Best Family Game and Best Multiplayer Game.
The biggest snub(s)? PlayStation and Xbox’s best 3D platformers
Sony Interactive Entertainment
PlayStation Studios’ Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was up for six awards. Meanwhile, Xbox Game Studios’ Psychonauts 2 had five nominations.
Although both games are excellent, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Psychonauts 2 did not win any awards.