The Game Awards 2021: All the big Xbox games announced during the show

By Tom West,
The Game Awards has been and gone — what do we do with ourselves for the rest of the year? — and left us with a boatload of announcements and gameplay trailers full of goodies to look forward to. There should be a little something for everyone here, with games expected to release in 2022 and beyond. We’ve got all the juiciest headlines listed here for your browsing pleasure, enjoy…

Tunic

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Tunic finally received its release date, meaning that we can finally play the foxy adventure on March 16th, when it releases for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. With challenging combat and an early Zelda-like style, Tunic takes us through a mysterious world on an isometric action-adventure.

The Expanse: A Telltale Series

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Telltale Games announced this story-driven video game adaption of the popular TV show, The Expanse. The game is being co-developed by Life is Strange: True Colours dev, Deck Nine, and no release date or platform details have been announced, yet.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Ninja Theory gave us our first look at Senua's Saga: Hellblade II's gameplay during a 6-minute trailer, featuring a giant monster. No release date was announced during it, which comes as no surprise, but here's hoping we get one soon.

Star Wars Eclipse

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While no platforms were announced for Star Wars Eclipse, we added it to our list because we really, really want it. The game is still in early development, and the reveal trailer is a cinematic, but we're hopeful that Quantic Dream will honour our consoles with this new experience.

Alan Wake 2

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Yes, you heard right, Alan Wake 2 is finally happening and will launch on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC sometime in 2023. Remedy has forgone the original game's action-focused gameplay for a more survival-horror experience this time around — and we're all for it!

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

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The Witch Queen is the next major expansion for Destiny 2 and features enemies attacking us with the Light — no fair. While the expansion was originally supposed to launch earlier this year, Bungie pushed it back into 2022, and we're still waiting on a release date.

PC Game Pass gets four games day one


Formerly Xbox Game Pass for PC, the subscription service has undergone a name change, although still sporting the Xbox sphere. The big news was that Sniper Elite 5, Trek to Yomi, Pigeon Simulator, and an unannounced title from Huge Calf Studios, will be joining the service on day one.

Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course DLC

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The Delicious Last Course DLC was finally given a date with a trailer after numerous delays, and it launches on June 30th. The DLC will add new characters, new bosses, weapons, and more. There hasn't been any word on additional achievements yet, though, but we'll keep you updated.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Suicide Squad

Rocksteady gave us our first look at Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League's gameplay, which is very different from what the team offered with the Arkham series.

Saints Row

Saints Row

We got our first look at Saints Row's gameplay, and we're pleased to say that it offers the same over-the-top action we'd expect from the series. You'll be able to cause havoc on the streets of Santo Ileso in August.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

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A Plague Tale: Requiem was another title to receive a gameplay reveal trailer, giving us our first look at Amicia's next adventure. The game will be launching straight into Xbox Game Pass when it releases sometime in 2022.

Dying Light 2: Stay Human

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Techland dropped a new cinematic trailer for Dying Light 2: Stay Human, ahead of the game's launch in February. It features plenty of zombie goodness, a cover song, and lots of the parkour action we'd expect from the sequel.

The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience

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Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss both make an appearance in The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience tech demo, which is cinematically directed by Lana Wachowski. You can download it now for free, from the Microsoft Store on Xbox Series X|S consoles.

Arc Raiders

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Embark's debut title Arc Raiders received a reveal trailer, looking like a big-budget Earth Defense Force. The studio is made up of former DICE employees, and they've set out to make a free-to-play co-op sci-fi shooter that will launch in 2022 for the Xbox Series X|S.

Sonic Frontiers

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Sega dropped a reveal trailer for Sonic Frontiers, which offers "open-zone freedom" across the Starfall Islands. It's a 3D adventure, and it'll launch in Holiday 2022 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Steelrising

Steelrising

Steelrising received a new trailer, titled 'Angel of Death.' We get a look at Marie Antoinette's historically accurate robot bodyguard, and some of the enemies we'll be fighting when the game launches on Xbox Series X|S in June 2022.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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Everyone's favourite creepy Lord of the Rings character got himself a new cinematic trailer, called 'Split Personality.' The trailer showcases his multiple personalities, and how they influence his actions. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum launches sometime next year on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2

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After ten years we're finally getting another outing with Captain Titus, revealed during a cinematic trailer with a shred of gameplay. This time around we're fighting the Tyranids, and everything looks as brutal as ever. There isn't a release date just yet, but we can expect to see it launch on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC.

Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman's brief teaser trailer doesn't reveal the game's expected platforms or release date, but it's said to be a third-person single-player open-world action-adventure game, offering an original DC adventure.

CrossfireX

CrossfireX

Smilegate and Remedy Entertainment dropped a launch date trailer for CrossfireX, announcing that we'll be able to play on February 10th. Both the single-player and multiplayer portions of the game will launch on that date for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

PUBG: Battlegrounds

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PUBG made an appearance with an announcement trailer, revealing that the game will go free-to-play on January 12th. There will be a basic version for free-to-play users, and a Battlegrounds Plus version for those that pay the one-off $12.99 fee.

Metal: Hellsinger

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Metal: Hellsinger's reveal trailer shows that we'll be able to fight the forces of hell in another rhythm-shooter-style game. This one, though, rocks out with bands like Trivium, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, and more.

Even with Luke and Sean working until 5am to cover the show live, and the rest of the team picking up things they didn't get to today, we still couldn't cover everything — that's just how much Xbox stuff there was! Also announced were:
  • Slitterhead (unconfirmed platforms, 2023)
  • Star Trek: Resurgence (Xbox Series X|S/Xbox One/PC, TBC)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (unconfirmed platforms, TBC)
  • Thirsty Suitors (unconfirmed platforms, TBC)
  • ... and probably even more that we've missed!
Are you looking forward to any of these awesome games? Let us know in the comments!
Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with systems like the Nintendo 64 and Playstation until he eventually fell in love with the Xbox 360. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not achievement hunting, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online.