The Game Awards announces 2022 date and adds category for Best Adaptation

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The Awards are back this December

It’s another year, and that means another bout of The Game Awards. Today, the show confirmed its stream date for this year will be Thursday, December 8. And The Game Awards 2022 is also adding another category, for Best Adaptation.

In a press release, the awards organization announced it will introduce Best Adaptation, a category for adaptations of video game intellectual properties into other media. This includes (but is not limited to) theatrical movies, streaming shows, podcasts, novels, and comic books.

This awards category could potentially include a number of different adaptations, though no nominees are locked in just yet.

The Game Awards 2022 will stream live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok Live. The show will also partner with IMAX to host a live community IMAX event in different cities around the world. More details will be announced in the coming months for that.

The wide, wide world of adaptations

News of this category isn’t too surprising, as video game adaptations have become quite the trend. Even last year’s Game Awards showed off a teaser for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the Halo TV series.

The sheer volume of incoming adaptations is pretty massive, too. Just today, a new report dropped of Sony developing a Gravity Rush film, alongside last week’s report of a Days Gone feature in production. We also just got a look at Sony’s upcoming The Last of Us HBO series.

Those wouldn’t be in the running for this year’s awards (barring a sudden and speedy debut), but several other projects would be. The aforementioned Halo series would be though, as would the Netflix Resident Evil series. If we’re going by December-to-December rules, that leaves League of Legends series Arcane out of the mix unless something drops between now and the Awards. Sonic 2 is a presumptive frontrunner, most likely.

We’ll learn more as we get closer to The Game Awards 2022 air date on December 8.

Eric Van Allen