Every year, Gamescom doles out some awards for some of the most anticipated games coming out later in the year or even next. It may be questionable among fans considering they are essentially just another way for publishers to advertise their games, but they do at least offer us some insight into what might be shown off.
With that said, Elden Ring is leading this year’s Gamescom awards with 5 nominations already - Best PC, Best Xbox, and Best PlayStation Game (which seems like cheating to me), as well as Best Action-Adventure, and Best RPG. The numerous nominations strongly hint at more Elden Ring being shown off at Gamescom 2021.
You can catch the Gamescom Opening Night Live event on Wednesday August 25th at 11am PT (2pm ET / 8pm CEST) where some of the winners will be announced. Most of the rest of the winners will be announced on Thursday and Friday, and a few on Sunday, so keep your eyes open!
Obviously not all nominees are listed since Gamescom hasn’t officially started yet, so expect to see more nominees after Opening Night Live tomorrow when we get even more game reveals and announcements. But without further ado, here are the Gamescom 2021 Awards nominees...
Gamescom 2021 Awards nominees:
Nominees of gamescom award 2021: Winners of the following Platform categories will be announced during gamescom: Opening Night Live on Wednesday, August 25, starting 8:00 PM (CEST).
Best Microsoft Xbox Game - Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment - Far Cry 6, Ubisoft - Halo Infinite, Microsoft BREAK Best Nintendo Switch Game - Just Dance 2022, Ubisoft - Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft
Best PC Game - Age of Empires IV, Microsoft - Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment - Syberia: The World Before, astragon Entertainment
Best Sony PlayStation Game - Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment - Tales of Arise, Bandai Namco Entertainment - The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Winners of the following Genre categories will be honored in the gamescom studio on Thursday, August 26, and Friday, August 27.
Best Action Adventure Game - Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment - Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft - Syberia: The World Before, astragon Entertainment
Best Action Game - Far Cry 6, Ubisoft - Halo Infinite, Microsoft - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction, Ubisoft BREAK Best Family Game - Just Dance 2022, Ubisoft - Run Prop, Run!, PlayTogether Studio - Super Dungeon Maker, rokaplay
Best Indie Game - Dorfromantik, Toukana Interactive - Inua, Arte France - Lost in Random, Electronic Arts
Best Role Playing Game - Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment - Encased, Koch Media - Tales of Arise, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Best Simulation Game - Climber: Sky is the Limit, Art Games Studio - Farming Simulator 22, astragon Entertainment - Undisclosed Title
Best Sports Game - Climber: Sky is the Limit, Art Games Studio - FIFA 22, Electronic Arts - Riders Republic, Ubisoft
Best Strategy Game - Age of Empires IV, Microsoft - Company of Heroes 3, SEGA - Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft
Best Multiplayer Game - Halo Infinite, Microsoft - Riders Republic, Ubisoft - The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes, Bandai Namco Entertainment
Best Ongoing Game - Apex Legends, Electronic Arts - Black Desert Online, Pearl Abyss Corp. - Endzone - A World Apart: Prosperity, Assemble Entertainment
Most Original Game - Dice Legacy, Koch Media / DESTINYbit - Riders Republic, Ubisoft - tERRORbane, Whisper Interactive
Best Announcement - All announcements, reveals or premieres of gamescom’s partners at gamescom: Opening Night Live are eligible.
Best Lineup - All gamescom partners having submitted to gamescom award 2021 are eligible. Best of gamescom - All category winners of the category groups Genre and Platform are eligible for the main award Best of gamescom.
Best Trailer - All trailers of gamescom’s partners shown at gamescom: Opening Night Live are eligible.
Winners of the following categories will be announced during the show “Spielesause” on Sunday, August 29.
Best Streamer - Select partner streamers and content creators are eligible in the online voting.
Gamescom "Most Wanted" Consumer Award - Nominees in all Genre and Platform categories are eligible in the online voting.
HEART OF GAMING Award - Each and every gamescom highlight is eligible for this extraordinary award: not only games, add-ons, and technologies, but also people, institutions, companies, concepts, or terms.
What do you think? Are you excited for Gamescom 2021? How do you feel about the nominees listed above? Which games are you hoping to see during the show? Let us know!