Ringing in the gaming year: The 2022 Game Awards


Florian Olivo

The 2022 Game Awards have been released to the public with announcements for upcoming projects in 2023.

Tanner Kannan, Staff Writer

The Game Awards is an annual event hosted by Geoff Keighley to determine what the video game of the year is in addition to the best games of varying categories. Despite being primarily focused on these awards, the Game Awards is also a generator of news in the gaming world. Read below to learn more about 2022’s Game of the Year as well as some of the game announcements for 2023.


Game of the Year: Elden Ring

The award for Game of the Year went to Elden Ring. The other nominees included God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon: Forbidden West, Stray, A Plague Tale: Requiem, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The award recognizes a game that has delivered the best experience across all creative and technical fields.

Elden Ring is a dark fantasy action role-playing game (RPG) by FromSoftware, creators of the popular Dark Souls series, which was released on February 25, 2022. With a total of six different endings and over 200 bosses, the game allows players to explore the world at their own pace. The ultimate goal of the game is to kill the demigod bosses, take their runes to the Erdtree city and reforge the Elden Ring. Players of the game enjoy being able to choose their own path to make their own story, a rare feature among most video games.


Project Announcements

Horizon: Forbidden West

Horizon: Forbidden West is a 2022 action role-playing game (RPG) developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is the sequel to the 2017 Horizon: Zero Dawn, a post apocalyptic game set in the aftermath of a robot swarm in the U.S. The game contains an open world and enables players to use a multitude of weapons such as a spear or bow and arrow. This year, the Game Awards noted that the game will receive expansions in the upcoming year.

Burning Shores

In 2023, the video game will permit users to explore new locations, most notably the Hollywood Sign. The DLC releases on April 19, 2023. In the meantime, fans can view the trailer here Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores.

One of the many stormtroopers of the feared Galactic Empire. (Anthony Duran)

Star Wars: Jedi Survivor

A new trailer for Star Wars: Jedi Survivor was revealed along with the release date. Star Wars: Jedi Survivor is the sequel to the game, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, a 2019 action/adventure game made by Respawn entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. The game focuses on former Jedi Padawan, Cal Kestis, who is hunted by inquisitors while trying to complete his Jedi training. This new game will take place five years after the events of Jedi Fallen Order and will continue to follow Cal’s fight against the empire. Players can begin fighting against the empire on March 17, 2023. 

Suicide Squad

The upcoming Suicide Squad game received a new trailer. This game will also be open world and follows the story of the Suicide Squad, a team of super-criminals assembled by Amanda Waller to stop an alien invader known as Braniac. Fans have expressed interest in the new trailer because of Kevin Conroy’s final role as Batman. 

The origins of gaming icon Super Mario. (Ravi Palwe)

Super Mario Bros

A new clip of the upcoming Super Mario Bros movie was also released as part of the Game Awards announcements. In the trailer, one of the Toads gives Mario a tour around the big city of the Mushroom Kingdom. 


The Game Awards remains the highlight of the gaming community each year, bringing excitement for the Game of the Year itself along with the upcoming games of 2023.