The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley confirms on Twitter that The Game Awards 2016 will take place on December 1st, and that the event can be watched in virtual reality.

Arguably the biggest awards show in video gaming, The Game Awards has been honoring the best the industry has to offer since December of 2014. The show has proven to be a success, and so it should come as little surprise that The Game Awards will be returning in 2016, to take place on December 1st.

This revelation comes courtesy of host and notable video game journalist Geoff Keighley. Keighley tweeted a picture of The Game Awards 2016 banner that is currently hung up at the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3 2016, and promised that more details on the event will come to light later this summer.

Meanwhile, the banner itself offers some clues as to what to expect from The Game Awards this year. For one, the logo of the event has been tweaked (which can be seen in the photograph below), and secondly, the event can be watched in virtual reality. With the PlayStation VR launch set for October, and Oculus Rift and HTC Vive already out in the wild, it makes sense for The Game Awards to take advantage of the budding new technology.

The Game Awards Returning December 1st - The Game Awards 2016 banner E3 2016

And speaking of new technology, The Game Awards 2016 could be especially exciting this year thanks to some new console hardware that’s in development. While PlayStation 4.5 is skipping E3, many expect the device to be launched in 2017, and Sony could utilize The Game Awards 2016 to introduce the system to consumers before the year is out. Likewise, we may also learn more about the Nintendo NX console at The Game Awards this year.

While it may seem odd to some that a video game awards show would potentially feature reveals and extended looks at new hardware, one of the main draws of The Game Awards since its inception is its “world premieres.” In fact, it seems likely that many tune in not necessarily to see which video games won awards, but rather to see the E3-like world premiere presentations and trailers. This potential for new hardware showings could even help this year’s Game Awards beat the viewership record set by last year’s event.

With last year’s Game Awards drawing 2.3 million viewers and blowing up on social media, it’s understandable that the producers of the event are getting the hype train rolling early. In the meantime, fans will have to stay tuned to learn where The Game Awards 2016 will take place, and if they will have a chance to attend the show themselves come December 1st.

The Game Awards 2016 will take place on December 1st.

Source: Geoff Keighley