The Game Awards 2023, often referred to as the “Oscars of gaming,” took place on December 7th, 2023, and the big winner of the night was Baldur’s Gate 3. This epic fantasy role-playing game, based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game, won the coveted Game of the Year award, as well as five other awards.

The night began with Hollywood star Timothée Chalamet taking the stage to announce the Game of the Year winner. He revealed that the award went to Baldur’s Gate 3, much to the delight of the audience. Larian Studios, the Belgian developers behind the game, were visibly moved as they accepted the award, calling it a “labor of love” after four years of development.

Baldur’s Gate 3 wasn’t the only big winner of the night. Other notable awards included:

  • Best Performance: Neil Newbon, who played the fan-favorite character Astarion, in Baldur’s Gate 3.

  • Best RPG: Awarded to Baldur’s Gate 3, solidifying its dominance in the genre.

  • Best Player’s Choice: Another award for Baldur’s Gate 3, showcasing its popularity among gamers.

  • Best Narrative: Alan Wake 2, a highly anticipated sequel to the 2010 cult classic, took home this award.

  • Best Art Direction: Alan Wake 2 continued its winning streak with this award, recognized for its stunning visuals.

  • Best Adaptation: The Last of Us TV series, based on the popular video game, won for its faithful adaptation and strong performances.

  • Best Ongoing Game: Cyberpunk 2077, which has undergone a significant revival after a rocky launch, received this award.

  • Best Independent Game: Puzzle adventure game Cocoon took home this award, recognizing its unique gameplay and positive message.

The Game Awards 2023 wasn’t just about handing out awards. There were also several exciting new game announcements, keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Some of the most notable reveals included:

  • Exodus: A new sci-fi RPG from Archetype Entertainment, a studio formed by ex-Bioware developers.

  • OD: A mysterious project from legendary game creator Hideo Kojima, in collaboration with Get Out director Jordan Peele.

  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake: A new version of the critically acclaimed 2013 game.

  • Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga: A new look at the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 action-adventure game.

  • Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth: More details about the next installment in the beloved Final Fantasy VII remake series.

  • Jurassic Park: Survival: Gameplay footage from this exciting survival game based on the iconic film franchise.

  • Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio revivals: Sega announced the return of these beloved classic franchises.

Overall, The Game Awards 2023 was a night to remember for fans of video games. With its numerous awards, exciting new announcements, and star-studded lineup, it lived up to its reputation as the biggest event in the gaming industry.