GDC Awards nominees, Sea of Thieves hits 10M, Exit the Gungeon, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Thursday, January 9th.

Nominees for the 20th annual Game Developers Choice Awards have been revealed. If you don’t know, this is the awards ceremony that takes places at the game developers conference every year, and is held in conjuction with the indepentant games festival awards. Anyway, for Game of the Year we’ve got Death Stranding, Control, Sekiro, Untitled Goose Game, and Outer Wilds. Death Stranding managed to get nominated for seven awards, more than anything else, and Disco Elysium also managed to get some recognition in four different categories. I looked through all the categories and there weren’t any major surprises, so I won’t go into more detail, but you’re welcome to peruse them yourself if you so choose.

Xbox has just revealed that Sea of Thieves has officially surpassed 10 million lifetime players. Of course players doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how many people are playing it right now, but its certainly an impressive number. Additionally they have noted that it is their most successful new IP for this console generation. Now granted there aren’t a ton of new IPs from them in this generation compared to last, but certainly I don’t think many people expected Sea of Thieves to take that accomplishment. Nonethless, good for them, their passion for the game is very clear, and hopefully people are enjoying the game.

Exit The Gungeon will officially be heading to PC in the early months of 2020. Exit The Gungeon is a spinoff game of Enter The Gungeon, which has previously been exclusive to Apple Arcade. This game is smaller in scope, which is why its considered a spinoff rather than a sequel, and it feels much more arcade-y than the longer runs of Enter. So anyway there you have it, heading to PC soon, and it’ll probably be a pretty cheap game to pick up from an awesome developer and an awesome IP.

Also releasing soon in Kentucky Route Zero on consoles – so the Switch, PS4, and Xbox. It’ll be arriving on January 28th as a complete edition of the game, where PC has been getting episodes of it over the last 7 years. This is a point and click adventure which has had critical acclaim for many many years, and has won a number of awards, though you probably haven’t heard of it. Just for reference, Polygon called it their fourth best game of the decade, so give it a look because it’ll probably be worth your time if you’re looking for something new. I haven’t played it myself, but I look forward to doing so one day.

Yet another thing arriving soon is a free DLC for Wargroove, centred on a co-op campaign called Double Trouble. It arrives February 6th with not just a new story, but also a bunch of new content, so perhaps if you were looking for a reason to play the game, now being able to play it with a friend may be good incentive.

Okay that is going to be all for today, I’d like to thank you very much for tuning in, and as you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow and until then…happy gaming everyone.