2018 Game Awards Predictions

Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards, probably the video game industry’s primary awards show, has now announced nominees for its 2018 ceremony. Airing December 6, the event is the fifth Game Awards show, although it’s essentially a continuation of The Spike Video Game Awards, also Keighley’s production and brainchild. By that measure, this is the 16th ceremony, and through tumultuous promotion, hosts, segments, jokes, and more, the event has become more measured, celebratory, and eventful; The Game Awards has kind of become the last stop for developers and publishers to announce things before the end of the year.

I think it could still lean a little bit more harder into the “awards” part; I don’t particularly love all the trailers and things announced throughout the ceremony. But at the end of the day, The Game Awards is a good measure of what the video game industry thinks of its products, although the voting membership isn’t quite formed around industry professionals like its counterparts in other entertainment industries. An industry advisory committee essentially selects news outlets that could yield voting representatives. As of 2017, there were 52 voters. This process is a far cry from, say, The Academy Awards; The Game Awards is “insider,” sure, but not so inside that its awards are granted by people that make games. I’m also a little leery on the impact fan voting has, but whatever. I’m already an old man. I kind of take issue with November 22 being the cut off date too. The awards ceremony should really just air in the beginning of 2019 and consider the whole of 2018. We’ll have to wait for SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE nominations until December 2019! All this being said, I love me an awards show, good or bad (and The Game Awards is not “bad”), so let me show how little I really know about anything and predict who will win. These selections are not my favorites or who I think should win, but who I think voters will actually select. I’ll bold my choice in the list below, and list the developer/publisher if applicable. Fun fact: GOD OF WAR and RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 are tied for the most nominations with eight.

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY — Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft
  • CELESTE — Matt Makes Games
  • GOD OF WAR — SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN — Insomniac Games/Sony
  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD — Capcom
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Rockstar Games
  • A WAY OUT — Hazelight Studios/EA
  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN — Quantic Dream/Sony
  • GOD OF WAR — SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN — Insomniac Games/Sony
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Rockstar Games
  • DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN — Bungie/Activision
  • FORTNITE — Epic Games
  • NO MAN’S SKY — Hello Games
  • OVERWATCH — Blizzard Entertainment
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE — Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN — Quantic Dream/Sony
  • GOD OF WAR — SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony
  • LIFE IS STRANGE 2 — Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN — Insomniac Games/Sony
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Rockstar Games
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY — Ubisoft Quebec
  • GOD OF WAR — SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN — 3909 LLC
  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER — Acquire/Square Enix/Nintendo
  • CELESTE — Lena Raine
  • GOD OF WAR — Bear McCreary
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN — John Paesano
  • NI NO KUNI II: REVENANT KINGDOM — Joe Hisaishi
  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER — Yasunori Nishiki
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Woody Jackson
  • CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 — Treyarch/Activision
  • FORZA HORIZON 4 — Playground Games/Microsoft
  • GOD OF WAR — SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN — Insomniac Games/Sony
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Rockstar Games
  • 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 2
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Spider-Man — MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN
  • 11–11 MEMORIES RETOLD — Digixart/Aardman Animations/Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • CELESTE — Matt Makes Games
  • FLORENCE — Mountains
  • LIFE IS STRANGE 2 — Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix
  • THE MISSING: JJ MACFIELD AND THE ISLAND OF MEMORIES — White Owls/Arc System Works
  • CELESTE — Matt Makes Games
  • DEAD CELLS — Motion Twin
  • INTO THE BREACH — Subset Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN — 3909 LLC
  • THE MESSENGER — Sabotage Studio
  • DONUT COUNTY — Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive
  • FLORENCE — Mountains
  • FORTNITE — Epic Games
  • PUBG MOBILE — Lightspeed & Quantum/Tencent Games
  • REIGNS: GAME OF THRONES — Nerial/Devolver Digital
  • ASTRO BOT RESCUE MISSION — SIE Japan Studio/Sony
  • BEAT SABER — Beat Games
  • FIREWALL: ZERO HOUR — First Contact Entertainment/Sony
  • MOSS — Polyarc Games
  • TETRIS EFFECT — Resonair/Enchance, Inc.
  • CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 — Treyarch/Activision
  • DEAD CELLS — Motion Twin
  • DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN — Bungie/Activision
  • FAR CRY 5 — Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
  • MEGA MAN 11 — Capcom
  • ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY — Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft
  • GOD OF WAR — SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN — Insomniac Games/Sony
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 — Rockstar Games
  • SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER — Eidos Montreal/Square Enix
  • DRAGON QUEST XI — Square Enix
  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD — Capcom
  • NI NO KUNI II: REVENANT KINGDOM — Level-5/Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER — Acquire/Square Enix/Nintendo
  • PILLARS OF ETERNITY II: DEADFIRE — Obsidian Entertainment
  • BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE — Arc System Works
  • DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ — Arc System Works/Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • SOULCALIBUR VI — Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • STREET FIGHTER V — Capcom
  • MARIO TENNIS ACES — Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo
  • NINTENDO LABO — Nintendo
  • OVERCOOKED 2 — Ghost Town Games/Team17
  • STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS — Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft
  • SUPER MARIO PARTY — NDcube/Nintendo
  • THE BANNER SAGA 3 — Stoic Studio/Versus Evil
  • BATTLETECH — Harebrained Schems/Paradox Interactive
  • FROSTPUNK — 11 bit studios
  • INTO THE BREACH — Subset Games
  • VALKYRIA CHRONICLES 4 — Sega
  • FIFA 19 — EA Vancouver/EA
  • FORZA HORIZON 4 — Playground Games/Microsoft
  • MARIO TENNIS ACES — Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo
  • NBA 2K19 — Visual Concepts/2K Sports
  • PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019 — PES Productions/Konami
  • CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 — Treyarch/Activision
  • DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN — Bungie/Activision
  • FORTNITE — Epic Games
  • MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD — Capcom
  • SEA OF THIEVES — Rare/Microsoft
  • COMBAT 2018 — Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • DASH QUASAR — UC Santa Cruz
  • JERA — DigiPen Bilbao, Spain
  • LIFF — ISTART Digital, France
  • RE: CHARGE — MIT
  • DONUT COUNTY — Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive
  • FLORENCE — Mountains
  • MOSS — POLYARC GAMES
  • THE MESSENGER — Sabotage Studio
  • YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS — Villa Gorilla

[I won’t even try to understand the esports nominations, but I will pick for…]

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

So there you have it. By my estimation, RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 was the winningest game with five wins. It’s pretty clear there will be a lot of competition between RED DEAD and GOD OF WAR in this awards season. I’m usually pretty bad at these things though. Who do you think will win big?

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