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Re-watch: The 2017 Game Awards, and top announcements.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/7/16745874/the-game-awards-2017-announcements-trailers-zelda-pubg

The celebrating of the best in video games, esports and gamers of 2017 took place at The Game Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles December 7th.

Now that’s done, here were some highlight news announcements from the show. These are from excerpts from The Verge.

NEW “50 VS. 50” MODE FOR FORTNITE
Fortnite has seen a lot of success with its PUBG-like “battle royale” mode, and now developer Epic is going to be adding a new way to play to differentiate it somewhat. Starting now players will be able to jump into a new “50 vs. 50” variant of the experience, where two teams of 50 players square off in a massive battle to see which side is left standing. Curiously, Epic says that the mode will only be available for a limited time, so you might want to check out the battles soon while you can.

WORLD WAR Z IS TURNING INTO A GAME
Just in case there weren’t enough zombie games for you, book-turned-movie World War Z is now getting a video game adaptation. Developed by Saber Interactive, there’s not a lot in the way of detail about the game, but it looks like what you’d expect from an undead action experience: namely, hordes of zombies and plenty of ways to dispense of them. It offers four-player co-op play, and is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC next year.

CAMPO SANTO FOLLOWS FIREWATCH WITH IN THE VALLEY OF GODS
For its sophomore effort, Firewatch studio Campo Santo is heading to Egypt. Much like its predecessor, In the Valley of Gods is a first-person, narrative driven adventure. The studio says that players will “explore a remote and ancient valley in the Egyptian desert, uncovering treasure and treachery in pursuit of a discovery that could bring you fame and fortune — or leave you for dead, buried beneath the sands.” The game will be coming to Steam, though there’s no word yet on when.

BAYONETTA 3 IS COMING, AND IT’S A SWITCH EXCLUSIVE

Revered action studio Platinum Games revealed that the third entry in its acclaimed Bayonetta series is in the works, and it’s coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. We don’t know much else about the game, but the studio does have something else coming as well: both the original Bayonetta and its sequel will are being ported to the Switch, and are launching in February.

A THIRD DEATH STRANDING TRAILER, AND IT’S JUST AS WEIRD AS THE REST
As is becoming tradition, former Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima provided another glimpse of his new game Death Stranding at The Game Awards. And once again, the game — which stars the likes of Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Guillermo del Toro — looks downright bizarre. The latest trailer has a bit of an Alien: Covenant vibe, but also adds in strange towering alien monsters and the recurring appearance of a baby in a tube. The trailer clocks in at around eight minutes, though there’s still no sign of any gameplay — or anything resembling a release date.

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