KEY POINTS

  • Gamescom 2021 will be a free digital event
  • A list of nominees was posted on the Gamescom website
  • The event will start on Wednesday, Aug. 25

The official list of nominees for the Gamescom Award at the eponymous gaming convention has been revealed, giving a glimpse of which games are expected to make it onto the big stage and possibly receive recognition from the convention’s jury of gaming experts.

With this in mind, it’s likely that each of the games on the nominations list will have some sort of dominant presence during the digital convention outside of the awards ceremony. This could be big news for fans who have been eagerly awaiting more reveals for certain AAA titles.

Friendly phantoms aiding a player in Elden Ring Friendly phantoms aiding a player in Elden Ring Photo: From Software

Here’s a list of the Gamescom Award nominees for this year.

Best PC Game

  • “Elden Ring”
  • “Age Of Empires IV”
  • “Syberia: The World Before”

Best Sony PlayStation Game

  • “Elden Ring”
  • “Tales Of Arise”
  • “The Dark Pictures: House Of Ashes”

Best Microsoft Xbox Game

  • “Elden Ring”
  • “Far Cry 6”
  • “Halo Infinite”

Best Nintendo Switch Game

  • “Just Dance 2022”
  • “Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope”

Best Action Game

  • “Far Cry 6”
  • “Rainbow Six Siege Extraction”
  • “Halo Infinite”

Best Action Adventure Game

  • “Elden Ring”
  • “Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope”
  • “Syberia: The World Before”

Best Indie Game

  • “Dorfromantik”

Best Family Game

  • “Just Dance 2022”
  • “Run Prop, Run!”
  • “Super Dungeon Maker”

Best Roleplaying Game

  • “Elden Ring”
  • “Encased”
  • “Tales Of Arise”

Best Simulation Game

  • “Climber: Sky Is The Limit”
  • “Farming Simulator 2022”
  • Undisclosed game

Best Sports Game

  • “Climber: Sky Is The Limit”
  • “FIFA 22”
  • “Riders Republic”

Best Strategy Game

  • “Age Of Empires IV”
  • “Company Of Heroes 3”
  • “Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope”

Best Multiplayer Game

  • “Halo Infinite”
  • “Riders Republic”
  • “The Dark Pictures: House Of Ashes”

Best Ongoing Game

  • “Apex Legends”
  • “Black Desert Online”
  • “Endzone – A World Apart: Prosperity”

Most Original Game

  • “Dice Legacy”
  • “Riders Republic”
  • “tERRORbane”

Gamescom 2021 is due to begin this week, kicking off with an opening ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 25, and continuing until Friday, Aug. 27. During the convention, developers are expected to preview the latest news and content regarding their existing or upcoming games, including release dates, new trailers, gameplay walkthroughs and more.

Like last year, Gamescom 2021 will be purely digital. The shows will be broadcast live on streaming platforms like YouTube, Twitch and Facebook.