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Fast And Furious: Crossroads, A Game Based On The Movies, Coming In May

 

Of the several announcements made during The Game Awards 2019, a reveal trailer was shown for a licensed game from the Fast And Furious movie franchise. The game is called Fast And Furious: Crossroads and it looks to be a mix of races, car chases, and action. Character models have the likeness of some of its characters such as Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez).

The game will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in May 2020. It's being developed by Slightly Mad Studios--the team that worked on the Project Cars series and a few Need For Speed games--and published by Bandai Namco. You can check out the trailer below to see Fast And Furious: Crossroads in action.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Slightly Mad Studios was rumored to be working on an "unannounced Hollywood title" and had been since 2017. This would be it.

Control's New Expedition Mode Tier 1 Completion Gameplay

 

Control just launched a brand new mode called “Expedition”. If the first tier is any indication, Control has turned into chaos.

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Xbox One Collector's Edition Revealed

 

Microsoft has revealed that Ori and the Will of the Wisps will have a Collector's edition for the Xbox One version when it launches on February 11. The Will of the Wisps releases for PC the same day, but it won't have a physical version.

The Collector's edition includes a game disc, an art book, the Piano Collections soundtrack on CD, a golden feather Steelbook-brand case, and an MP3 download of the original soundtrack. The digital soundtrack's download must be redeemed by February 11, 2021. Unfortunately, no price has been announced. We'll keep an eye out for that and when pre-orders go live and update this article with the proper links.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps comes on a physical disc, but Microsoft says you will need up to 30 GB of storage--though this is subject to change. Will of the Wisps will feature 4K Ultra HD support on Xbox One X, in addition to HDR on both the Xbox One S and X.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is also coming to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC on day one, so if you're a subscriber, you won't need to pay anything extra to enjoy the game. It hits both Xbox One and PC on February 11. For more information on Microsoft's subscription service, check out our Xbox Game Pass guide.

Sekiro Wins Game Of The Year At The Game Awards

 

The Game Awards 2019 took place this evening in Los Angeles, celebrating the year's biggest and best games. Bloodborne developer FromSoftware took home the overall Game of the Year award for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

The other nominees were Control, Death Stranding, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Resident Evil 2, and The Outer Worlds. Sekiro also won Best Action/Adventure game for 2019.

The RPG Disco Elysium was also a big winner at The Game Awards. It was nominated for four awards and won them all--including Best Narrative Game, Best Independent Game, Best RPG, and Fresh Indie Game.

You can see the full list of categories and nominees below.

The Game Awards 2019 broadcast also brought with it a lot of news, including the reveal of Microsoft's Xbox Series X. This is the company's next-generation console previously known as Project Scarlett. The system goes on sale in Holiday 2020 with Halo Infinite releasing as a launch title.

The Game Awards 2019 Categories And Winners

Game of The Year

  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Game Direction

  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence (Asobo/Focus Home)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Art Direction

  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule (Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb, The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden, Control
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz, Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling, Control
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie (Pixelopus/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Kind Words (Popcannibal)
  • Life is Strange 2 (Dontnod/Square Enix)
  • Sea of Solitude (Jo-Mei Games/EA)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You (Hempuli)
  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Katana ZERO (Askiisoft/Devoler Digital)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House/Panic)

Best Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile (TiMi Studios/Activision)
  • Grindstone (Capybara Games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sky: Children of Light (Thatgamecompany)
  • What the Golf? (Tribland)

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard's Wrath (Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)
  • Blood & Truth (SIE London Studio/SIE)
  • Beat Saber (Beat Games)
  • No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
  • Trover Saves the Universe (Squanch Games)

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Astral Chain (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Gears 5 (The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Metro Exodus (4A Games/Deep Silver)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Grezzo/Nintendo)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (From Software/Activision)

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium (ZA/UM)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (Capcom)
  • The Outer Worlds (Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6 (Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo)
  • Jump Force (Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco)
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm/WBIE)
  • Samurai Showdown (SNK/Athlon)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

Best Family Game

  • Luigi's Mansion 3 (Next Level Games/Nintendo)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Yoshi's Crafted World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Triumph Studios/Paradox)
  • Anno 1800 (Blue Byte/Ubisoft)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Tropico 6 (Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Beenox/Activision)
  • DiRT Rally 2.0 (Codemasters)
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 (PES Productions/Konami)
  • F1 2019 (Codemasters)
  • FIFA 20 (EA Sports)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox/2K)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Tetris 99 (Arika/Nintendo)
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

Fresh Indie Game

  • ZA/UM for Disco Elysium
  • Nomada Studio for Gris
  • DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro
  • Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds
  • Mega Crit for Slay the Spire
  • House House for Untitled Goose Game

Content Creator of the Year

  • Jack "Courage" Dunlop
  • Benjamin "Dr. Lupo" Lupo
  • Soleil "Ewok" Wheeler
  • David "Grefg" Martínez
  • Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek

Best Esports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • DOTA2 (Valve)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)

Best Esports Player

  • Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf (Immortals, Fortnite)
  • Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom, League of Legends)
  • Luka "Perkz" Perkovic (G2 Esports, League of Legends)
  • Oleksandr "S1mple" Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CSGO)
  • Jay "Sinatraa" Won (SF Shock, Overwatch)

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis (CS:GO)
  • G2 Esports (LOL)
  • OG (DOTA2)
  • San Francisco Shock (OWL)
  • Team Liquid (CS:GO)

Best Esports Event

  • 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • EVO 2019
  • Fortnite World Cup
  • IEM Katowice 2019
  • League of Legends World Championship 2019
  • The International 2019

Best Esports Coach

  • Eric ‘adreN’ Hoag (Team Liquid, CS:GO)
  • Nu-ri ‘Cain’ Jang (Team Liquid, LOL)
  • Fabian ‘GrabbZ’ Lohmann (G2 Esports, LOL)
  • Kim ‘Kkoma’ Jeong-gyun (SK Telecom T1, LOL)
  • Titouan ‘Sockshka’ Merloz (OG, DOTA2)
  • Danny ‘Zonic’ Sørensen (Astralis, CSGO)

Best Esports Host

  • Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere
  • Alex "Machine" Richardson
  • Paul "Redeye" Chaloner
  • Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez
  • Duan "Candice" Yu-Shuang

The Wolf Among Us Is Free Right Now On Epic Following Sequel Announcement

 

The Game Awards 2019 has brought an exciting announcement for fans of The Wolf Among Us, the 2013 graphic novel adventure developed by Telltale Games. The studio, which shut down in 2018 and was revived by a company called LCG Entertainment this year, has partnered with AdHoc Studio to develop a new installment of the episodic adventure, The Wolf Among Us 2, which will be available on consoles and the Epic Games Store. The game is still in pre-production, so no release date has been confirmed at this time.

To celebrate the announcement, the Epic Games Store is currently offering The Wolf Among Us for free now through December 19. If you never experienced The Wolf Among Us when it first released or want to relive the adventure, this is an excellent chance to pick it up. As with all of Epic's weekly free games, all you need is a free Epic account to add it to your library, and it'll be yours to keep forever. While you're at it, you can also snag prison escape sim The Escapists for free this week as well.

The Wolf Among Us is a classic of the narrative-driven episodic game genre and a must-play for fans of story-heavy adventures. Played from a third-person perspective, The Wolf Among Us is set in a world where fairytale characters live disguised as humans in a community called Fabletown. The game follows Bigby Wolf, the sheriff of Fabletown, who is investigating a murder. While investigating and interrogating other characters, you'll make decisions that will influence the course of events. The game's cast includes classic characters like Snow White and Mr. Toad, but the story ties them all together in fresh and unexpected ways.

The game earned an 8/10 in GameSpot's The Wolf Among Us review of episode 1. "This premise may seem weird--corny, even--but like the comics that inspired it, The Wolf Among Us maintains a steady noir tone that permeates the experience, only occasionally allowing humor to bubble to the surface," wrote Kevin VanOrd.

"There are nods to the world's inherent ridiculousness; Bigby's preferred brand of smokes is Huff'n'Puff, for instance, and you get a glimpse of a shop called the Glass Slipper Shoe Store. But while you'd think that the sight of a porky pig sliding out of an oversized easy chair would be good for a laugh, I was instead struck by the hog's weariness as he shifted his tired bones into gear and slumped in the corner. 'Happily ever after' is a myth, even for fables, and The Wolf Among Us takes every opportunity to weigh down every reference to the delightful tales of our childhoods with emotional bricks."

Surgeon Simulator 2 Revealed At The Game Awards, Featuring Co-Op Gameplay

 

Surgeon Simulator is getting a sequel. Surgeon Simulator 2 has been announced at The Game Awards 2019, alongside a fun trailer of a patient's face being thrown between an assembly line of surgeons.

The game is due out in 2020, and you can watch the trailer below. It seems to be hinting at co-op surgery.

You can register for updates on the game's official site, which promises that "this electrifying sequel injects a delirious dose of adrenaline straight into the heart of the original, cranking everything up to a whole new level." It also drops another multiplayer hint: "expect a handful (or four?) of surprises along the way!"

In fact, digging a little further, the press section of the site promises co-op play and an expanded set of mechanics. "Surgery will, of course, remain at the heart of the experience, but as the trailer suggests, Surgeon Simulator 2 will be a vastly expanded offering promising true co-operation, at the very least."

Platforms have not been announced at this time.

League Of Legends' Ekko Stars In New Single-Player, Story-Driven Game Called Convergence

 

Another Riot Forge game has been announced at The Game Awards, Convergence: A League of Legends Story. Convergence is a single-player, action platformer that allows you to manipulate time as Ekko--a League of Legends' character who's nicknamed the Boy Who Shattered Time.

As his nickname suggests, all of Ekko's abilities in League of Legends allow him to control time in some capacity, whether that's speeding up his own time to increase his speed or creating alternate timelines to slow down enemies in alternate realities.

The other Riot Forge game announced is Ruined King: League of Legends Story, which focuses on multiple characters. Storywise, Ruined King takes place after League of Legends' Burning Tides event. We don't know much else about the game, other than that it's in development for consoles and PC and, according to Airship Syndicate CEO Joe Madureira, it will feature a "new take on turn-based combat that's really cool."

Riot Forge is the relatively new venture into video game publishing for Riot Games, the developer behind League of Legends. The purpose of Riot Forge is to find and partner with third-party studios to develop new single-player, story-driven games that are set in the Runeterra universe, the setting of League of Legends. Ruined King and Convergence are the first two games announced by the new publisher.

Beat Saber Green Day DLC Announced At The Game Awards--Here Are The Included Songs

 

Beat Saber is getting Green Day music DLC. The news was announced during The Game Awards, where Green Day also performed.

After opening with their 1994 hit Welcome to Paradise, the band played Father of All..., the titular song from their upcoming album, while footage of the song being played in Beat Saber was projected behind them. Beat Saber DLC was announced immediately after, bringing six songs-- a mix iconic hits and new singles from Father of All..., their upcoming album due in February--to all platforms.

It'll feature the following six songs:

  • Fire, Ready, Aim
  • Father of All…
  • American Idiot
  • Holiday
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Minority

The pack will release on December 13 at 12:01am PST.

Beat Saber developer Beat Games was recently bought by Facebook. In November, DLC featuring music from Rocket League was released.

Amazon Games' MMO New World Will Launch May 2020

 

At The Game Awards, a new trailer for the upcoming open-world MMO New World was revealed--Amazon's first large-scale online game--took to the stage to announce that the game will launch May 2020. Developed by Amazon Games Studios, formerly Double Helix Games, New World is set in a high-fantasy setting taking inspiration from the age of exploration in North America from the 17th century. Set on a mysterious island known as Aeternum, you play as settlers venturing to establish a foothold and uncover the mysteries of what happened in this strange land filled with undead monsters and relics of an ancient civilization.

It's been a while since we last heard from New World. Earlier this year, we got the chance to get an early look at the game, which showcased much of the game's exploration, combat, and base-building mechanics. According to the developers in an interview before the reveal at The Game Awards, they wanted to retool mechanics of the game following an extended alpha test period. With its release coming to Amazon and on Steam, the developers want the game to be available to as many players possible.

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In familiar MMO fashion, you'll take your created character and venture forth into the land, exploring the different open-world regions at your leisure. While MMOs mostly have you take part in group-oriented tasks, you can tackle much of your adventures on your own, which includes taking on quests, exploring dungeons, and crafting goods. But if partner up with others, you can take part in large-scale conflicts with up to 100 players fighting on a battlefield or engaging in siege-combat. By forming companies with other players, you can build strongholds in different regions of Aeternum.

In a press release, vice president of Amazon Games stated the following: “We want our players to feel the depth—and the danger—of New World from the moment they step onto the shores of Aeternum in May 2020. Our team has been working tirelessly to create a deep, immersive world that delivers challenges and surprises at every turn, and we’re so excited to reveal a bit more of it today.”

It's also important to note that Amazon Games Studios has another MMO in the works, which will be set in the realm of Middle Earth. Announced last July, this Lord of the Rings MMO will be free-to-play and will be developed by Leyou Technologies and Athlon Games.

For more on the latest reveals and award winners from The Game Awards, be sure to stick with GameSpot for more info as it comes.

The Muppets Labs And The Goose Present At The Game Awards 2019

 

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker presented the Games for Impact Award, alongside the goose itself from Untitled Goose Game.

Gears Tactics, Turn-Based Gears Of War Strategy Game With Forty Hour Campaign, Gets Release Date

 

Microsoft had a major showing at The Game Awards thanks to the Xbox Series X, but it wasn't all about the new console. The Coalition of Ordered Governments is invading the strategy genre with Gears Tactics, which takes the action of Gears of War and slows it down a bit. A new trailer for the turn-based strategy take on Microsoft's third-person shooter was revealed with a trailer at The Game Awards, and it looks a whole lot like an XCOM game.

Though it was announced at E3 2018, The Game Awards represented our first real look at the game. The trailer for Gears Tactics shows that you'll send Gears into battle against a host of Locust creatures, suggesting it's set during the original Gears trilogy and the war against the Locust, rather than during the time period established in Gears of War 4 and Gears 5. Check out the trailer below.

It's a different approach to that war than we're used to, but Gears Tactics isn't going to skimp on your opportunities to fight for Sera--according to the trailer, it packs a story campaign of 40 hours or more.

It also looks like you can also expect to customize your Gears with various weapons and cosmetic items, so like in the main series, it seems like which weapons you give your Gears will affect their roles and abilities in battle. Gears Tactics is set to release on Xbox One and PC with Windows 10 and Steam, and will launch on Xbox Game Pass, on April 28, 2020.

PS4's Ghost Of Tsushima Releases Summer 2020, New Trailer Debuts

 

As teased earlier this week, Sony showcased an extended trailer for the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima during The Game Awards. The video gave us another look at the highly anticipated PS4 exclusive and capped off with the game's new release date window: Summer 2020.

The trailer is an extended version of the one that premiered during the State of Play broadcast that aired recently, featuring a mix of gameplay and cinematic footage. Developer Sucker Punch sheds more light on the trailer in a post on the PlayStation Blog.

"Today, we debuted a brand-new trailer that delves deeper into the identity our hero is forced to adopt in order to save his home: The Ghost," Sucker Punch wrote. "While Jin starts our game as a samurai, he'll learn skills and adopt tactics that are decidedly not samurai-like, and you can get a small taste in the footage we revealed today."

Jin is one of the only samurai to survive the Mongol invasion of the island of Tsushima in 1274. Sucker Punch promises to share more details about Ghost of Tsushima "in the months ahead." You can watch the latest trailer for the game above. If you'd like to secure your own copy of the title, be sure to check out our Ghost of Tsushima pre-order guide.

There were a ton of other announcements during The Game Awards. You can catch up on all the biggest news and reveals from this year's show below.

Xbox Creator Reacts To Series X Announcement -- "That's Ridiculously Glorious"

 

One of the biggest reveals at The Game Awards was the announcement of Xbox Series X, which we now know is the name of Microsoft's next-generation console previously known as Xbox Scarlett. We also got a look at the console itself and learned a variety of details in an exclusive interview with Phil Spencer. Responses to the reveal have poured in from people across the industry, but what does the creator of Xbox think about it?

Seamus Blackley, who created the Xbox, said on Twitter that he was blown away by the announcement of Xbox Series X. "Well, f**k me. That's ridiculously glorious," Blackley said. "It's always weird for me when a new is announced. It's a combination of pride, nostalgia, geriatric-ness, and the sense of wonder and excitement that these devices produce. There are WHOLE WORLDS in that box. I love this."

Blackley hasn't always been this supportive of new Xbox products. Earlier this year, Blackley said he was so disgusted by the new Xbox deodorant and body wash that he wanted to start drinking heavily.

Xbox Series X releases in Holiday 2020 with Halo Infinite as one of its launch titles. The console's design makes it look like a PC tower, though Microsoft confirmed it can be oriented either vertically or horizontally. The console will ship with a new controller that features a Share button, which is something that the PlayStation 4 has had since 2013.

Microsoft also announced a new Xbox Series X game today in the form of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II from developer Ninja Theory.

Read next: Goodbye, Project Scarlett, Hello Xbox Series X - Exclusive First Look And Interview

New Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Trailer Shown, Coming In March

 

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Ori And The Blind Forest has been a long time coming, Ori And The Will Of The Wisps. We got another look at it during The Game Awards 2019 with a new trailer, which you can watch below.

The Ori games are known for their imaginative and whimsical art style that looks even better in motion. You'll be going through a number of beautifully drawn environments and backgrounds while fighting through a several threats using different powers in a metroidvania-style adventure. The first Ori game was an emotional journey and we can expect as much from the sequel.

While Ori And The Will Of The Wisps was originally set to launch February 11, 2020, the trailer gave a slightly delayed release date of March 11, 2020.

Wolfeye Studios Debut Their New Game Weird West At The Game Awards 2019

 

Weird West is the debut title from Wolfeye Studios, founded by some of the team behind Dishonored and Prey.

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