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It Takes Two and Forza Horizon 5 triumph at The Game Awards

Both won three awards each, other winners include Deathloop, Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Final Fantasy XIV Online

Last night, Geoff Keighley hosted the 2021 edition of The Game Awards, which saw a handful of new titles collect accolades for their achievements this year.

Alongside the awards, the show also unveiled plenty of world premieres, trailers for newly announced games, and exclusive looks into titles coming up in 2022.

The big winner of the night was Hazelight for its cooperative adventure It Takes Two. The studio, founded by Josef Fares, took home the big Game of the Year award, as well as Best Family Game and Best Multiplayer.

Playground Games also triumphed with the recently-released Forza Horizon 5 which took home three awards: Best Audio Design, Best Sports/Racing and Innovation in Accessibility.

Other winners included Arkane's Deathloop, which took home the accolades for Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction, while Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the debut from Ember Labs, took home Best Indie and Best Debut Indie.

The long-running Final Fantasy XIV Online also snagged a pair of awards for developer Square Enix: Best Community Support and Best Ongoing Game.

Check out the full list of award winners below.

  • Game of the Year: It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Best Family: It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Best Multiplayer: It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)
  • Best Game Direction: Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Best Indie: Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Best Debut Indie: Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
  • Best Narrative:Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Best Art Direction: Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Innovation in Accessibility: Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Best Sports/Racing: Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Best Audio Design: Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Best Score and Music:NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 (Keiichi Okabe, Composer)
  • Best Performance: Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village
  • Games for Impact: Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine/SQUARE ENIX)
  • Best Community Support: Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)
  • Best Ongoing: Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)
  • Best Mobile Game: Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)
  • Best VR/AR: Resident Evil 4 (Armature Studio/Capcom/Oculus Studios)
  • Best Action: Returnal (Housemarque/SIE)
  • Best Action/Adventure: Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)
  • Best Role Playing: Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco)
  • Best Fighting: Guilty Gear -Strive- (Arc System Works)
  • Best Sim/Strategy: Age of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Most Anticipated: Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • Content Creator of the Year: Dream
  • Best Esports Game: League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Best Esports Athlete: Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • Best Esports Team: Natus Vincere (CS:GO)
  • Best Esports Coach: Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
  • Best Esports Event: 2021 League of Legends World Championship

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Danielle Partis: Danielle is a multi award-winning journalist and editor that joined in 2021. She previously served as editor at, and is also a co-founder of games outlet Overlode.
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