Even though the 2018 Game Awards registered in a Last Jedi– 167 minutes last night (plus if you count the pre-show) the night was full of news and announcements about video games, well beyond the 10 awards that host Geoff Keighley promised in the race.
Here's a recap of the biggest buzz in The 2018 Game of Thrones, from direct surprises to revealing reviews that put the event in the company of an E3 keynote.
Joker Person 5 joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate line up
With Super Smash Bros. Last launching today, we thought we had heard everything there was to say about your list. No. The Persona franchise for PlayStation only contributed to its main character, Joker Person 5 to be the 76th fighter, in a surprise that caught everyone off guard.
"I dare say, the greatest crossover in entertainment," Reggie Fils-Aime, head of Nintendo of America, bragged after this trailer. "The English may have something to say about it," Keighley joked. (The Avengers' directors had just entered the stage to present the Best Game in Progress award).
Mortal Kombat 11
Although it has been five years since the Mortal Kombat X, a sequel so big turns a slight surprise announcement into a blinds hit. NetherRealm's founder, Ed Boon, ostensibly took the stage to present the award for Best Sport / Racing Game. This has also become a towing Mortal combat 11.
The fans will not have to wait long; is on its way to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on April 23, 2019.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
The first big surprise of the night, not only because it resuscitates a franchise not seen in a decade, but because Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is an exclusive of the Nintendo Switch. It's coming up next year from Team Ninja, creator of Nioh and Ninja Gaiden.
Far Cry: New Dawn
Ubisoft's poorly guarded secret leaked like a sieve until the lights came on at the 2018 Game Awards. There was an official teaser earlier in the week, but box art and all kinds of marketing materials were released on retail sites yesterday. The trailer confirmed what we expected: this spin-off will be set in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Montana, nuked at the end of Far Cry 5 earlier this year. It is released on February 15, 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Ancestors: The Odyssey of Humanity
Technically a surprise and technically not a surprise. The creator of Assassin's Creed, Patrice Désilets, had previously announced this game, but that was in 2015 and we have not heard much about it since. This trailer, which follows the pre-alpha gameplay footage last seen in April 2017, shows how players will inhabit the early hominid roles in the fight for survival of our species. Ancestors, published by Take-Two Interactive's Private Division, launches next year on the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
Getaway in early May, confirmed shortly after and with plenty of screen time in Bethesda Softworks E3 and QuakeCon presentations, we knew a lot about Rage 2 except its release date. This open-world gameplay trailer took care of this detail: May 14 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
Dragon Age: ???
BioWare was giving tips on the next game of the Dragon Age (2014 Inquisition was the latest) last week and before, and sure enough, this trailer officially puts that sequel on the album. But it only takes a minute and does not even provide a name, just a hashtag. So this is less of a provocation and more of a reminder.
Strange Things 3: The Game
No, it's not the adaptation played in limbo when Telltale Games went bankrupt in September. BonusXP made Strange things: the game last year for mobile platforms. This one, which resembles the 16-bit top-down action game, is reaching the consoles as well. It is expected to launch when Weird stuff third season premiere on Netflix sometime in 2019.
The really great reveals
The Outer Worlds
Remember Borderlands or Fallout, or a combination, The Outer Worlds is in the hands of people who know RPGs: Obsidian Entertainment and specifically the co-creators of the original Fall. It also has a kind of sci-fi aesthetic about the setting and the characters. Microsoft bought Obsidian earlier this month, but this game is being published by Take-Two's Private Division.
For the size and scope presented, Atlas probably takes the cake for further revelation of the 2018 Game Awards. From the creators of Ark: Survival Evolved, Atlas is said to be 1,200 times greater than that, even. It's an "open world survival MMO," with pirate ships, a ton of fancy monsters and armored knights on horseback and just about anything else you can think of. Studio Wildcard says that a single world can have 40,000 players in it. It will be released earlier in the week on the PC next week and in the Xbox One preview program next year.