With just a few days to go before this year’s Game Awards, some of the event’s celebrity talent in gaming and other circles has been revealed. As revealed by the show’s Twitter account, Metal Gear and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima will be a presenter at the show, as will Kojima’s friend and collaborator, the film director Guillermo del Toro.
Kojima and del Toro were working together on a new Silent Hill game before it was canceled. del Toro, who directed Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, is a character in Death Stranding but he apparently is not involved in the game’s creative decisions. The fact that Kojima and del Toro are both appearing at the event doesn’t guarantee we’ll see or learn something new about Death Stranding, but we sure hope that happens. [Update: We’ve learned that star Norman Reedus (of The Walking Dead fame) will serve as a presenter at The Game Awards, as will actor Andy Serkis, who is at work on a new War for the Planet of the Apes game. Geoff Keighley shared the news on Twitter.]
Some of the other recently confirmed celebrities for The Game Awards including Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates and the internationally recognised classical cellist Tina Guo. They will perform as part of The Game Awards Orchestra, which is new for the 2017 event. This is a group of “some of the world’s most talented orchestral and rock musicians.” These performers will be joined by “special guests,” and they will perform video game music.
It’s pretty cool to see performers like Gates and Guo come together for a show like this, given their backgrounds are quite different when it comes to music. Gates is impossibly good at guitar and Guo recently put out an incredible album called “Game On” in which she covers music from games like The Legend of Zelda and Skyrim on cello, so it’ll be really rad to see what they do together. You can watch Guo’s Skyrim video above.
The Game Awards take place the evening of Thursday, December 7. There will be some news and reveals at the event, like the first gameplay of PUBG’s new desert map. And of course, the awards themselves, including the highly coveted Game of the Year awards. Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, PUBG, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are nominated for Game of the Year. You can see a list of nominees for every category here.