Elder Scrolls Online’s Gates of Oblivion, Crimson Desert’s big reveal, ARK 2, and Elite Dangerous Odyssey preorders

Plus more MMO goodies from the Game Awards


We’re updating the end with the big news and videos as they roll in!

Even as our own awards have begun rolling out, the broader industry is feasting tonight on Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards, which have spiked in prominence (the NYT apparently called it “the Oscars for the gaming world”) over the last few years not because of the awards themselves but because they present the perfect opportunity for new games to introduce themselves and in-production titles to drop dramatic videos and teasers.

Notably for MMORPG fans, we’re expecting at minimum a new trailer and unveil for Pearl Abyss’ upcoming MMORPG Crimson Desert, the reveal of Elder Scrolls Online’s 2021 content arc, and a peek into Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey. Oh yeah, and did we mention Keanu Reeves will be there to present? We’ll be updating this thread with the trailers and big news as it happens!

In the meantime, the pre-show jabber begins at 6:30 p.m. EST this evening, with the real show kicking off at 7 p.m. EST. You can watch it right here with us!

MMO-relevant recap so far
No Man’s Sky got a nod for best ongoing game! And it’s not really an MMO, but we’re betting you’ve got an eyeball on BioWare’s new Dragon Age.

Crimson Desert
Pearl Abyss just dropped the Crimson Desert premiere! The first part is a bit weird, but the Game of Thrones vibe is fun and the combat toward the end looked spectacular. The slide at the end confirms what investor reports already said: It’s launching winter 2021. Here’s a bit from PA’s PR:

“All footage is the actual in-game and gameplay. No edits or added effects.  The trailer’s high graphical fidelity is achieved through Pearl Abyss’s proprietary engine used to power Crimson Desert. Crimson Desert will release in Winter 2021 on PC and console Crimson Desert is a massive open world action-adventure game, with content designed for both solo play and multiplayer. The 5-minute long trailer covers Crimson Desert’s setting, combat and gameplay. It also introduces the game’s main character, Macduff, a mercenary fighting to reclaim his home amidst the turmoil enveloping the continent of Pywel. […] Crimson Desert is a revolutionary open world action-adventure that combines elements of narrative driven single-player games with online multiplayer functionality.”

Studio Wildcard announced that the long-rumored ARK 2 is indeed happening – with Vin Diesel starring. And there’s an animated series too… check out the cast!

Elite Odyssey
Frontier posted a fun Bowie-bedecked Elite Dangerous Odyssey trailer. Preorders for PC players have now begun! £29.99.

Elder Scrolls Online
ZeniMax just teased Gates of Oblivion for The Elder Scrolls Online! That appears to be the name of the year-long narrative arc, not the name of any specific update.

Worth a note is the corrected date for the global reveal: January 21st, 2021.

Rockstar repromoted its teaser trailer for the Cayo Perico heist, comin’ next week.

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