The Game Awards 2015: the good, the bad and the weird

You (yes, you) can make Psychonauts 2 happen

Psychonauts 2 is bringing the whole gang back, but it needs your help!

What began as a far-off dream conceived by fans and, briefly, Minecraft's multi-millionaire creator, has now become a reality. Tim Schafer of Double Fine games appeared on stage during The Game Awards to announce that Psychonauts 2 was, in fact, the real deal.

The catch is that, like many other Double Fine game projects, Psychonauts 2 will be crowdfunded, this time on Fig rather than Kickstarter. Less than eight hours after being announced, however, the campaign has already accrued nearly $700,000, so clearly some folks are ready to believe in the quirky franchise.

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Rock Band VR going on tour in 2016

Oculus is bringing Rock Band to virtual reality

Oculus VR and Harmonix are teaming up to bring Rock Band to virtual reality. Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus, appeared on stage armed with excitement (and a plastic Les Paul) to announce the project, stating that the first-person rhythm experience will launch at the same time as the Oculus Rift headset.

Now, as far as the exact release date for the Oculus Rift goes...that's still currently stuck in the vague realm of Q1 2016.

Shadow Complex gets remastered (and you can play it for free)

Shadow Complex is coming to the Xbox One

A love letter to games like Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, 2009's Shadow Complex was both an look back at the classic days of action-adventure while also a look forward to what the fresh-faced Xbox Live Arcade could bring to the table.

Flash-forward six years, and Shadow Complex is getting enhanced a re-released for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, an impressive feat given the original's long-standing exclusivity on the Xbox 360. Even more impressive? The PC version of Shadow Complex: Remastered is already out and free to download until December 31, 2015.

Rocket League revving up on Xbox One

Rocket League is coming to Xbox One, complete with exclusive cars

Speaking of cross-console transfers, the soccer-meets-demolition derby that is Rocket League is heading over to the Xbox One after several months of PC and PlayStation 4 exclusivity.

Patient Xbox One owners will only have to wait a bit longer as the upcoming port is expected to drop in February, and will even feature unique cars themed after Gears of War and Halo to make up for the wait.

Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima was legally barred from attending the awards ceremony

Metal Gear Solid V cleaned up in the awards, but where was its director?

In what was probably the most unexpected and gossip-worthy move of the night, The Game Awards' own host and producer, Geoff Keighley, dropped a concerning tidbit regarding the absence of game auteur and director of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima.

Kojima, who also served on the The Game Awards' advisory board, was expected at the ceremony after the latest entry of the Metal Gear Solid series was nominated for (and won) an award for Best Action-Adventure Game.

Where was Kojima? Watch the video below to hear Keighley's own words on the matter:

For those unfamiliar, Kojima's studio, Kojima Productions, has been on odd terms with The Phantom Pain's publisher, Konami. It is still a mystery what the exact terms of Kojima's employment are with Konami, or even if Kojima Productions still exists following the release of The Phantom Pain.

The statement made by Keighley regarding Kojima being unable to attend The Game Awards at the risk of legal punishment begs more questions than can be answered at this time, and easily makes for the weirdest news to come out of the evening's proceedings.

  • What was your favorite announcement of The Game Awards? Don't forget to check out our trailer roundup featuring Star Citizen, Uncharted 4, and Quantum Break.