Belgian title Baldurs Gate 3 dominates Game Awards 2023, winning six prizes
Baldur's Gate 3 wins game of the year and five other awards at The Game Awards gala in Los Angeles.
Baldur's Gate 3, the highly anticipated multiplayer role-playing game set in the world of Dungeons and Dragons and developed by Belgian company Larian Studios, took the gaming industry by storm at The Game Awards gala in Los Angeles. The game received the prestigious game of the year award, along with five other awards, including best performance, best community support, best RPG, best multiplayer game, and players' voice. The main award was announced by "Wonka" star Timothée Chalamet, whose resemblance to the game's protagonist, Lies of P, sparked a buzz on social media.
Another standout at the gala was Alan Wake II, developed by Finnish studio Remedy, which took home three awards for best direction, best art direction, and best narrative. The game's strengths, including its well-received story and graphic design, were confirmed by the audience.
Geometric Interactive, a Danish studio, also made a splash by winning the award for best debut indie game of the year for Cocoon, a game that combines the adventure genre with puzzles.
While Super Mario Bros. Wonder and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom were contenders for the game of the year award, they still received recognition at the gala. The former was named best family game, and the latter won the award for best action/adventure game.
In other categories, Armored Core VI claimed the best action game award, Street Fighter 6 and Forza Motorsport emerged victorious in the best fighting game and best sports/driving game categories, respectively. Forza Motorsport also won the innovation in accessibility award.
The Game Awards gala is not just about recognizing the best titles of the year; it also serves as an important showcase of what's to come. Hideo Kojima, the revered Japanese creator responsible for legendary sagas such as Metal Gear, unveiled a mysterious teaser trailer of his new project, titled OD. This highly anticipated game, developed for Xbox, is still shrouded in secrecy, characteristic of Kojima's work.
SEGA also made an unexpected announcement at the gala, revealing new versions of five beloved classic games: Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage.
The Game Awards 2023 was a year celebrated by many for the exceptional video games that were released, and the gala served as a platform to recognize the outstanding achievements and exciting developments in the gaming industry.