Each year, Geoff Keighley puts on The Game Awards, a celebration of the best games of the year and a look forward at the exciting things to come. This year’s show is on Thursday, December 6 at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT.

Today Keighley announced nominees across 30 categories, and below are many of those nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Ongoing Game – Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Rainbow Six Siege

Best Game Direction – Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

  • Hazelight Studio / EA – A Way Out
  • Quantic Dream / SIEDetroit: Become Human
  • Sony Santa Monica / SIE – God of War
  • Insomniac Games / SIE – Spider-Man
  • Rockstar Games – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Narrative – For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Art Direction – For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Performance

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Spider-Man

Games for Impact – For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Into the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger
  • Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soul Calibur VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game

  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Battletech
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game – Awarded the best student project created at the high school or college level.

  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best Esports Game

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best Esports Player

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Echo Fox
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang

Best Esports Team

  • Astralis – CS:GO
  • Cloud9 – LOL
  • Fnatic – LOL
  • London Spitfire – OWL
  • OG – DOTA2

Best Esports Coach

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu – Cloud9
  • Cristian “ppasarel” Bănăseanu – OG
  • Danny “zonic” Sørensen – Astralis
  • Dylan Falco – Fnatic
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi – Team Vitality
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic – MiBR

Best Esports Event

  • ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best Esports Host

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Best Esports Moment

  • C9 Comeback Win In Triple OT vs FAZE
  • G2 Beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s Massive Upset of LGD
  • SonicFox Side Switch Against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja
  • Pokimane
  • Willyrex

You can vote on your picks in each category on The Game Awards website.

That’s a big list, and there are some good things in there, but one thing is for sure: no one is going to agree about the winners.

Bethesda Softworks’ open-world multiplayer experiment, Fallout 76, was set to go live at midnight tonight, but the game is already live and players around the world are diving into its post-apocalyptic world.

We’ve tested a standard retail disc and were able to play, and a number of Twitch streamers are also showing off their playthrough. Online stores still list Fallout 76 for pre-order, but if you got your copy early somehow (as some people on Twitter have reported) then you should be able to start playing today. 

PUBG Coming To PS4 In December

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to the PlayStation 4 next month, confirming earlier reports that the PC and Xbox One game was coming to Sony’s console.

The game is coming December 7, and it includes a pair of in-game items from Uncharted and The Last of Us. You can see them at the tail end of the announcement trailer, below.

The game is available in several incarnations. The Looter’s Edition sells for $30, and it includes the base game. For $50, players get the Survivor’s Edition, which includes the base game, 2,300 G-Coins, 20,000 BPs, and the Survivor Pass: Vikendi, which unlocks additional in-game rewards. Those who spring for the $60 Champion’s Edition get everything from the Survivor’s Edition, but 6,000 G-Coins instead of 2,300.

Hammerhead has declared war versus the other dons in New York, setting the stage for Spider-Man’s second chapter in the game’s City That Never Sleeps DLC series – Turf Wars. The DLC comes out on November 20 and also includes three new Spider suits.

Fans can not only team up with Yuri Watanabe to defeat Hammerhead, but also get their hands on Spider-Man’s classic Iron Spider armor, Spider-Armor MKI, and the Spider-Clan suit from the Mangaverse.

To get a look at the first DLC chapter, The Heist, take a look at this episode of New Gameplay Today.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee hit this Friday, and we are technically allowed to post our review. However, the implementation of Pokémon Go wasn’t available in time to test and assess, so we’re holding off on our full review until we can spend time with that feature, but I can still share some impressions.

I’m happy to report that these are strong remakes of the first-generation Pokémon games; as someone who has traveled through Kanto in its entirety six times prior to playing Let’s Go, sightseeing these cities in crisp, 3D visuals was a delight, and watching the battles play out with improved animations and visuals is great.

I love the way random Pokémon encounters have been done away with in favor of seeing them walking around on the map. I also like the encounters’ simplified approach (which borrows from Pokémon Go), with the focus more on aim and which ball you use in the encounter. It makes the encounters go faster, and it keeps the pace up.

However, I don’t like the way motion controls are used in these encounters. Flicking the Joy-Con or the Poké Ball Plus peripheral means inconsistent motion controls led to multiple errant throws, so I settled on handheld mode, where the motion controls are limited to using the gyroscope to aim the ball, then pressing a button to fire it. 

Outside of the annoying motion control implementation, I don’t have many things to complain about with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee, but I’m eager to see how the Pokémon Go connectivity works out.

Hitman 2 is out and my life will never be the same. I’m on the record with the previous title as my favorite game of all time, and with every level from the 2016 game playable in the new one, I’m ready to dive back into those incredible sandboxes.

In the video above I talk about the changes I noticed while playing my favorite old levels in the new game, including new camera functionality, foliage, and how incredible the briefcase is.

Hitman 2 is out today on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and you must own the previous game to get access to those levels.

It seems like only yesterday that people online were asking each other if they had yet played this weird new indie game called Five Nights At Freddy’s. The horror game about animatronic robots has spawned around eight different games since 2014, two novels, multiple toy lines, and an upcoming feature film, partly due to its popularity among streamers. There’s still life in the series yet, though, as creator Scott Cawthon explained in a lengthy Steam blog post.

In the post, Cawthon details progression levels on pretty much every project in the Five Nights at Freddy’s universe, both announced and unannounced. For the movie, Cawthon admits he threw out the original script and penned one he’s happier with, which has delayed production on the movie. He is also around 40 percent complete on the VR game, which resembles the repair portion of Sister Location.

Cawthon also confirms that the console ports of the games are still in the works. This confirmation is important, as they had at one time been cancelled, with Cawthon citing “a bad deal” as the reason. He confirms that the ports will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and mobile before too long.

Also announced, almost as a footnote to the rest, is another project, billed a AAA game that is currently 0 percent complete.

“There is a BIG deal in the works to create an incredible big-budget game!” Cawthon writes. “I can’t reveal any details yet as this project is still in its planning stages, but I’m working closely with the studio involved to ensure that it delivers what (I think) FNAF fans will want to see!”

A lack of details makes it hard to speculate, but it’s interesting to know that apparently a big-budget game is in the works. What form do you think a AAA Five Nights at Freddy’s game takes?

A few months ago, Team Cherry announced that bug-based Metroidvania Hollow Knight would be getting physical versions on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. The game was already available on their respective digital stores, as well as PC, but a retail version puts the game on store shelves and lets collectors put something on their own shelves at home. Unfortunately, it seems this is not to be any longer.

Late last week, Skybound Games announced on Twitter that the physical release of Hollow Knight would be cancelled, though did not give any reasons why.

In a statement released publicly, Team Cherry also chose not to detail the reasons for the cancellation, though did drop a few hints that it might be related to a financial or resource issue.

“As a team of 3 people still in intensive production of Hollow Knight, taking the game into the retail space (even with the extensive assistance of Skybound) proved more work than we could reasonably manage,” Team Cherry wrote. “In future [sic] we will investigate other ways to deliver physical versions of Hollow Knight, though likely that will be in smaller quantities.”

Skybound Games is a division of Skybound Entertainment, owned by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and has announced that they will be finishing the The Walking Dead: The Final Season with former Telltale developers.

You can read our review for Hollow Knight right here, and also read all about how the game was made here. It is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

The Monster Hunter movie is bound to be a success in that strange way that made the Resident Evil movies a success, but the images being posted on Instagram by one of the movie’s stars Milla Jovovich certainly paint an odd picture of what is traditionally a swords-and-shields affair. Shots were also shown from the outlet RPGSite today that show off more photos from the set.

The plot of the movie involves a U.S. military team meeting monsters from the Monster Hunter universe and eventually using the more traditional weaponry (Jovovich specifically mentions bone blades) and armor as the movie progresses.

In addition, director Paul W.S. Anderson was interviewed by the website Slashfilm, wherein Anderson extols his bona fides for directing the film as a huge fan of the series.

“I became aware of the game 10 years ago,” Anderson said after being asked if he’s as big a fan of Monster Hunter as he was of Resident Evil. “I’ve been a long term fan of Monster Hunter before most people in the west even knew what it was. Partly because I spend a lot of time in Japan and I fell in love with the imagery of the game and started talking to Capcom about it nine years ago. It’s definitely a passion project of mine, nine years in the making.”

As for whether the movie will be making up its own monsters, Anderson doesn’t think so.

“Listen, I don’t need to create any new monsters,” he said. “There’s such a vast array of amazing creatures over the years. We’re leaning quite heavily on the favorite creatures from Monster Hunter World which is the latest game, but we’re also bringing in what I think are some of the fabulous monsters from some of the earlier games and well, and some of the imagery from the earlier games. So I think for fans of Monster Hunter World, you’ll recognize that world and the characters from that world very much, but also it’ll be a callback to some of the favorite moments and creatures from some of the earlier games, which hopefully will get people excited to check out those earlier games as well because there’s some magnificent imagery and monsters in those earlier games as well that I think a lot of people who have just played Monster Hunter World may not be aware of.”

The Monster Hunter movie does not yet have a release date.

It’s been rumored for years, but a PC release for Sunset Overdrive has finally been shown via a store listing from Amazon. The title had listings from the Korean Ratings Board, the ESRB, and even on Steam, but it has taken until now for real concrete information on the PC version to materialize.

The Amazon listing indicates that the PC port will include all the DLC content from the Xbox One release. The release date on the store page shows November 16, only a few days from now, and that it will cost $19.99.

Curiously, none of the parties that you would think would be involved in this port have actually acknowledged it. Neither Microsoft, Insomniac, nor the PC version’s apparent publisher of THQ Nordic have confirmed the PC port’s existence, despite the fact that Amazon is taking pre-orders for later this week. THQ Nordic previously announced a deal to bring Xbox One exclusives to PC, such as Recore, so that aspect is not surprising.

It is unclear if and when the relevant companies involved will acknowledge the release or if Amazon just happens to be weirdly off-base here, but it appears that Sunset Overdrive is on its way in a matter of days, at least right now.