It’s always been nice to have a general celebration ceremony of games that made their impact on both the industry as a market and embodiment of fans. While Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War stole the awards tonight, a handful of announcements were released that have us excited for what’s to come next year. Some of these titles include the likes of Mortal Kombat and Stranger Things.
One of the earlier announcements during the VGA’s was for Dead By Daylight. The newest DLC addition to the ongoing survival horror game is titled Darkness Among Us. As per usual, each DLC introduces a new map, survivor, and killer, which the trailer takes place on the new map: Mount Ormond Resort. While fleeing from the killer, our new survivor Jeff Johansen and his unknown companion seek shelter in a dilapidated cabin, only for the accompanying survivor to reveal themselves as the killer, gutting Jeff immediately. The new killer will be human, and it seems they’re able to exploit their lack of grotesque and menacing design by disguising themselves as one of the survivors, an absolute game-changing element to throw in with the new Dead by Daylight DLC.
Following Dead By Daylight we got a trailer for the upcoming Stranger Things 3. The Netflix series has brushed against video games with its first mobile game by BonusXP, and was confirmed for a Telltale Game’s project, but was canceled due to the studios unforeseen foreclosure. Stranger Things 3 sees an update from 8 to 16-bit graphics and follows the cast of the show in accordance with the events that unfold during Stranger Things season 3. Fans can expect to pick this up soon on PC, Xbox One, and Switch.
Rage 2 was given another trailer, but this time with a lack of Andrew W.K. tunes to go along with the violence (what a bummer). Continuing to show off the unbelievable power upgrades you receive along with the insane improvement in gunplay from the first Rage, id Software’s Rage 2 is shaping up to become a sequel that we never knew we needed until we saw the first trailer. Those who never played the first Rage, the shooter took world queues from Mad Max and Fallout and while not extraordinary, was a competent wasteland first-person shooter spawned from the team behind Quake and Doom.
Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 finally revealed to us what V’s playstyle will look like. In the new trailer, we see V is geared more towards spellcasting using an ethereal jaguar and crow. He also receives a transformation like Dante and Nero, although it is not clear if this is a devil trigger or something else. For those of you lucky enough to own an Xbox One, you now have access to the game’s first demo!
To cap off the awards ceremony, viewers of the live stream were expecting another award to be issued but were confused as to why Ed Boon, creator of Mortal Kombat, was giving out the award for best sports game title until a blackout cut the stopped him from reading the results. The monitor then shows a spear-headed chain tear through the darkness, and drag viewing eyes into the Mortal Kombat 11 trailer. Similar to the Mortal Kombat X trailer, we see two beloved characters pulverize each other in a gory and visceral fight until one is gifted death via fatality. The fight was between Netherrealm ninja Scorpion and Dark Raiden from Mortal Kombat Deception and Armageddon, (which is interesting since Raiden’s dark canon was retconned in X). After Raiden surges electricity through Scorpion’s brains and pops his skull like a plump gusher, he is immediately attacked and slaughtered by another Scorpion dawning the Klassic costume from the older Mortal Kombat games. If this means anything for the new game’s campaign or if it’s just teasing new costumes is yet to be clarified, but the game will launch April 17th of 2019.
Overall, the world premiere trailers for the Video Game Awards this year were, to put it lightly, exciting, and personally I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Mortal Kombat 11. If you need to scratch your fighting game and horror itch before MK 11‘s release, you should consider checking out Negan’s implementation as a new playable character for Tekken 7!