It Takes Two named Game of The Year at The Game Awards

The lavish show aims to recognize creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry.

It Takes Two has been crowned Game of The Year at The Game Awards. Hazelight Studios' co-op puzzler pipped other nominees including Psychonauts 2, Metroid Dread, and Deathloop to the post and took home the prestigious prize.

Geoff Keighley's annual buffet of game trailers and announcements, with the odd award thrown in for good measure, took place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. The lavish show aims to recognize creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry.

Other winners on the night included Deathloop, which nabbed the awards for Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction; Forza Horizon 5, which received statues for Best Sports/Racing Game, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Audio Design; and Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which was honored in the Best Indie Game and Best Debut Indie Game categories.

Elsewhere, Elden Ring was named the Most Anticipated Game, It Takes Two also grabbed the Best Multiplayer Game and Best Family Game awards, and Metroid Dread won out in the Best Action/Adventure Game category.

30 awards were handed out in total, and we've taken the liberty of reprinting some of the most notable winners below. Anybody after a full rundown can find the complete list of winners over on The Game Awards website.

The Game Awards 2021 Winners

Game of the Year -- It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)

Best Game Direction -- Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)

Best Narrative -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix)

Best Art Direction -- Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)

Best Score and Music -- Nier Replicant Ver.1.22474487139 (Keiichi Okabe)

Best Audio Design -- Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)

Games for Impact -- Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine / Square Enix)

Best Ongoing -- Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)

Best Indie -- Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)

Best Mobile Game -- Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)

Innovation in Accessibility -- Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)

Best VR / AR -- Resident Evil 4 (Armature Studio / Capcom / Oculus Studios)

Best Action Game -- Returnal (Housemarque / SIE)

Best Action / Adventure Game -- Metroid Dread (Nintendo)

Best Role Playing -- Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco)

Best Fighting -- Guilty Gear Strive (Arc System Works)

Best Family -- It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)

Best Sim / Strategy -- Age of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment / Xbox Game Studios)

Best Sports / Racing -- Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Studios / Xbox Game Studios)

Best Multiplayer -- It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)

Best Esports Game -- League of Legends (Riot Games)

Latest Jobs

IO Interactive

Hybrid (Malmö, Sweden)
Gameplay Director (Project Fantasy)

Arizona State University

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Assistant Professor of XR Technologies

IO Interactive

Hybrid (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Animation Tech Programmer

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN, USA
Assistant Professor in Game Design and Development
More Jobs   


Explore the
Advertise with
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer


Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Advertise with

Game Developer

Engage game professionals and drive sales using an array of Game Developer media solutions to meet your objectives.

Learn More
Follow us


Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more