Despite big releases such as Marvel’s Midnight Suns dropping just last week to great reviews, the Game Awards, hosted and produced by Geoff Keighley, aired last night. Like every year, the show was weighted more towards world premiere trailers with many awards either being given out during the pre-show or rushed through before an ad break for Grub Hub. While it didn’t have a big shocker like the unveiling of Monolith Productions Wonder Woman last year, there were some noteworthy comic book video game related headlines worth discussing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge was nominated for several awards including best multiplayer game but lost in every category it was in. MultiVersus, the free-to-play Super Smash Bros. analog featuring characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman took home best fighting game while Marvel Snap walked away with best mobile game.
Before even the show proper aired, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Web of Wyrd was announced and frankly speaking, it looks absolutely stunning. With games like Marvel’s Spider-Man and its sequels pushing towards realism, it was refreshing to see a trailer for a game based on a comic book to skew closer to the source material. Described as a roguelite action adventure, little is known about Hellboy’s first starring role since 2008s The Science of Evil other than Lance Reddick – John Wick, the Horizon series – is voicing the title character. Developed by Upstream Arcade with publishing duties handled by Good Shepherd Entertainment, Web of Wyrd is coming to all PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as Nintendo Switch and PC.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League made a return once again to the Game Awards with a reveal that was bittersweet to say the least. In the latest trailer, familiar music from the Arkham series can be heard and it concludes with Batman emerging from the shadows. Unlike Gotham Knights, this title is set in the Arkham universe, and Harley refers to him as “Bruce”, meaning that the world still knowns that Bruce Wayne and his alter ego are one and the same. Kevin Conroy, gone but never forgotten, will once again voice the character when the game finally launches for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X and PC on May 26th, 2023.