Tonight is the annual gala of games and trailers, The Game Awards. Hosted by Geoff Keighley, this event has become the largest gaming awards show over the course of several years, and it's looking like tonight's will be even bigger than before, with many announcements, trailers, performers, and presenters set to take the stage.
Keighley has already confirmed "around" 10 new games will be revealed tonight, alongside a number of live musical performances from artists like Green Day, Chvrches, and Grimes. There will also be awards, the nominees for which you can check out right here. All in all, Keighley estimated the show would clock in at about two-and-a-half hours in a recent Reddit AMA.
So what do we expect for the show? What do we know will be there, and what can we extrapolate a bit? Read on to find out.
The Game Awards 2019: When and Where to Watch
The Game Awards 2019 will air live on several streaming services, though the most popular avenues for viewing will be the Twitch or YouTube streams, though it will also air on platforms like Mixer and even on Steam, Facebook, and Twitter.
The show goes live at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT today, Dec. 12.
The Game Awards 2019: What We Know Will Be There
Even though most of the major reveals have been kept under wraps, there are a few announcements already confirmed for the big show. We're due to get some more info about Half-Life: Alyx, the VR-exclusive Half-Life follow-up that was announced a couple weeks ago. Since Keighley also produces the docu-series The Final Hours and has posted a teaser for one about Alyx, we'll likely see something about that as well.
The first project from Riot Forge, Riot Games' new third-party publishing arm focused on narrative games, will also make its debut at the show. We don't know what it's about besides being set in Runeterra, the universe of League of Legends, but considering how many projects the League publisher has confirmed it has in the works, it could be just about anything.
The new game from WolfEye Studios, founded by two Arkane veterans, will also debut at The Game Awards 2019. We don't know too much about it, but considering their long history on games like Dishonored, it'll be worth looking out for.
The Game Awards 2019: What Could Show Up
For some announcements, we've already been told what's coming and what to expect. For everything else, we can only go on speculation based on some wink-wink-nudge-nudge social media posts.
The prevailing theory is that a new Batman game will make an appearance at the show. Warner Bros. Montreal has been teasing some Batman news for some time, but a tweet from Batman's voice actor in Origins Roger Craig Smith has some thinking it will get revealed. He does, however, also voice a number of other characters, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Kylo Ren, and Chris Redfield.
Nintendo of America has also been tweeting about the event, and president Doug Bowser is set to attend, so some Nintendo-related news is certainly possible. Joker made his Super Smash Bros. debut at The Game Awards, so another fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the current buzz. But could it be related to other games?
More speculation swirls around a number of other studios we haven't heard from in a while, or updates on known upcoming games like Cyberpunk 2077. At the very least, there will be time to fill with plenty of announcements alongside the actual awards themselves. We'll see what pans out tonight when The Game Awards 2019 goes live.