Last night, the annual Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley took place, and the trophy for the show that’s trending away from awards in favor of commercials certainly goes to Geoff’s production. Still, at least one comic book game received its recognition in front of an audience of millions viewing all around the world. As cynical as you can get about the 90/10 split between “World Premier” and the actual delivering of awards go, there was a genuine gasp generating surprise in the production that no one could’ve saw coming.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was nominated in four categories – sadly Game of the Year not being one of them – and managed to take home Best Narrative. This was a well earned award for the developers at Eidos-Montréal, and congratulations are certainly in order for the studio. If they were to beat out the competition in just one category, it deserved to be Best Narrative.
Debra Wilson, who plays Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, went on stage in full character to set up the first ever gameplay footage for the forthcoming game. Previous trailers were largely cinematic, only offering brief hints at what players would actually be doing. It looks appropriately chaotic and has lots of personality to spare, but it’s still coming off as a tough sell. It’s hard to not look at the footage of the League in action and not fell disappointed that your not in command of them, especially when the loop appears to be that of another third-person shooter which there’s no shortage of. There’s also the matter that Rocksteady seems intent on pushing the title’s humor, something that was worked on in a Senior capacity by Kim MacAskill who had to leave the project she personally dubbed a dream project due to a toxic and misogynistic work environment.
Something that shockingly didn’t leak before the show in any capacity was the announcement of Wonder Woman, the character’s first, and long overdue, starring role in a video game. Developed by Monolith Productions, the studio behind the Middle-Earth games, the reveal trailer was light on footage other than what their take on Wonder Woman will look like with some narration setting the tone. It has since come out that whenever it does arrive, Wonder Woman will be a single-player, open-world title that will use the Nemesis system from the Middle-Earth games.