The Game Awards 2021 takes place tomorrow, check out the nominations, guests, and more

The annual Game Awards takes place tomorrow (December 9) at 5 pm PST, where we’ll find out what games are honored as the best the last 12 months had to offer. There will also be several surprise unveilings on the night, some of which host Jeff Keighley has promised will be epic. Here’s how to watch the proceedings, what titles are nominated, and the guests that are set to appear.

After switching to a virtual event last year, the Game Awards is back with an in-person audience at the Microsoft Theater. It’s one of the most widely streamed shows globally, appearing on a multitude of platforms that include YouTube (below), Twitch, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter. Most streams start half an hour before the event begins.

We’re used to seeing big reveals at The Game Awards, and this year Keighley has compared them to the Elden Ring reveal at June’s Summer Games Fest. “Oh, God, there are probably four or five things of that level. I can’t wait to show people this stuff,” he said.

Keighley added that at least 40 – 50 games will be included in the show in “some way or another,” which will likely include plenty of titles coming to Game Pass for PC on day one.

There will be some special guest appearances on the night. The Mandalorian’s Giancarlo Esposito, who appears as Antón Castillo in Far Cry 6, and Ming-Na Wen will be there alongside Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu and many others.

As for the games up for awards, Deathloop leads the pack with eight nominations, while It Takes Two and Psychonauts 2 have five—all games on our Best PC Games (you should be playing) feature. The PS5-exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has six.

It’s not easy to pick potential winners, but Deathloop being a critics’ favorite means it’ll likely bring in plenty of awards. Interestingly, Cyberpunk 2077 is up for the best role-playing game. It would be quite the turnaround in fortunes if it won—CD Projekt Red’s title earned a ‘Very Positive’ recent reviews rating on Steam in November after one of the most disastrous launches in memory last December.

Complete list of nominations:
GAME OF THE YEAR

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
BEST GAME DIRECTION

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Returnal
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
BEST NARRATIVE

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Life is Strange: True Colors
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2
BEST ART DIRECTION

The Artful Escape
Deathloop
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
BEST SCORE AND MUSIC

The Artful Escape
Cyberpunk 2077
Deathloop
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139
BEST AUDIO DESIGN

Deathloop
Forza Horizon 5
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Returnal
BEST PERFORMANCE

Erika Mori as Alex Chen (Life is Strange: True Colors)
Giancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo (Far Cry 6)
Jason Kelley as Colt Vahn (Deathloop)
Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu (Resident Evil Village)
Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake (Deathloop)
GAMES FOR IMPACT

Before Your Eyes
Boyfriend Dungeon
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Life is Strange: True Colors
No Longer Home
BEST ONGOING

Apex Legends
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Fortnite
Genshin Impact
Call of Duty: Warzone
BEST INDIE

12 Minutes
Death’s Door
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Inscryption
Loop Hero
BEST MOBILE GAME

Fantasian
Genshin Impact
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Marvel Future Revolution
Pokémon Unite
BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Apex Legends
Destiny 2
Final Fantasy 14
Fortnite
No Man’s Sky
INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY

Far Cry 6
Forza Horizon 5
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown
BEST VR/AR

Hitman 3
I Expect You to Die 2
Lone Echo 2
Resident Evil 4
Sniper Elite VR
BEST ACTION GAME

Back 4 Blood
Chivalry 2
Deathloop
Far Cry 6
Returnal
BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
BEST ROLE PLAYING

Cyberpunk 2077
Monster Hunter Rise
Scarlet Nexus
Shin Megami Tensei 5
Tales of Arise
BEST FIGHTING

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles
Guilty Gear -Strive-
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown
BEST FAMILY

It Takes Two
Mario Party Superstars
New Pokémon Snap
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
WarioWare: Get It Together!
BEST SIM / STRATEGY

Age of Empires 4
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Humankind
Inscryption
Microsoft Flight Simulator
BEST SPORTS / RACING

F1 2021
FIFA 22
Forza Horizon 5
Hot Wheels Unleashed
Riders Republic
BEST MULTIPLAYER

Back 4 Blood
Knockout City
It Takes Two
Monster Hunter Rise
New World
Valheim
CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

DREAM
fuslie
Gaules
Ibai
Grefg
BEST DEBUT INDIE

The Artful Escape
The Forgotten City
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Sable
Valheim
MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

Elden Ring
God of War Ragnarok
Horizon Forbidden West
The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Starfield
BEST ESPORTS GAMES

Call of Duty
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
League of Legends
Valorant
BEST ESPORTS ATHLETE

Chris “Simp” Lehr
Heo “ShowMaker” Su
Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
BEST ESPORTS TEAM

Atlanta FaZe (Call of Duty)
DWG KIA (League of Legends)
Natus Vincere (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Sentinels (Valorant)
Team Spirit (DOTA 2)
BEST ESPORTS COACH

Airat “Silent” Gaziev
Andrey “Engh” Sholokhov
Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi
James “Crowder” Crowder
Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun
BEST ESPORTS EVENT

2021 League of Legends World Championship
PGL Major Stockholm 2021
The International 2021
PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020
VALORANT Champions Tour: Stage 2 Master