Gamescom has introduced the nominees for this 12 months’s Gamescom awards, that includes FromSoftware’s upcoming action-adventure title Elden Ring in a number of classes. Other notable nominees embody Xbox unique Halo Infinite, in addition to Age of Empires IV, Far Cry 6, and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. There are a complete of 15 classes this 12 months, together with these for Best Indie Game, Most Original Game, and the “Heart of Gaming” Award.

“But PlayStation Lifestyle,” you would possibly ask, “how are they giving out awards for games that haven’t been released yet?” Similar to years’ previous, the reply is within the submission requirements: the gamescom Awards are given to video games “with a release date between the start of gamescom 2021…and gamescom 2022.” This signifies that nominated video games—by definition—have to be unreleased video games except they’re within the “Best Ongoing Game” class. In addition to submitted nominations, gamescom 2021 can even host 5 classes highlighting noteworthy releases showcased on the occasion.

Interestingly, it’s additionally obligatory to supply a gameplay video of 10 minutes “to demonstrate game mechanics, sounds, camera angles, and graphics.” While Elden Ring obtained a brief gameplay trailer back in June, it was nowhere close to 10 minutes and will sign that FromSoftware could also be planning to launch an extended gameplay trailer quickly.

Below is a listing of all award classes and their respective nominees, chosen by this 12 months’s jury from all the submissions:

gamescom Awards 2021 Nominees

  • Best Microsoft Xbox Game
    • Elden Ring, Bandai Namco Entertainment
    • Far Cry 6, Ubisoft
    • Halo Infinite, Microsoft
  •  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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

[Source: Reddit, gamescom]