It Takes Two wins Game of the Year 2021

The EA-backed "indie" title beat AAA titles such as Deathloop, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, as well as Resident Evil: Village, among others.


For years, PlayStation exclusives reigned at The Game Awards. For three straight years, a PlayStation exclusive went ahead and won arguably the most prestigious award in all of gaming, starting with God of War in 2018 until The Last of Us Part II in 2020. Sony even had a chance to make it a four-in-a-row with Deathloop and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart both in the running. However, against seemingly all odds, Hazelight Studios' It Takes Two won in the end.

It Takes Two's win might have shocked a lot of people, but it was very much well-deserved.

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Josef Fares accepts It Takes Two's award

It Takes Two is proof of how effective EA's initiative, EA Originals, is.

The Game Awards gives out several noteworthy awards every year. Naturally, the most important of them all is the Game of the Year award. For 2021, Sony had two exclusive titles in the running, Deathloop and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Meanwhile, Capcom's Resident Evil: Village, as well as Double Fine's Psychonauts 2 were all nominated for Game of the Year this 2021 alongside MercurySteam's Metroid Dread.

By night's end, It Takes Two stood tall, which surprised many. However, being surprised doesn't necessarily mean it's not worthy of the award. If nothing else, It Takes Two is a good example of how important it is for developers to deviate from what's popular.

We ranked It Takes Two as one of the best co-op games of 2021. Now, we have a reason to add it to our future round-up of the best games of the year if not all time. The game's premise is unique as it is a co-op-only game that puts players in the shoes of Cody and May, a couple on the verge of divorce. However, their daughter isn't happy about this decision, so she seeks help from Dr. Hakim to transform the two of them into dolls.

What follows their transformation is a perilous but heart-warming journey that sees the couple work together to overcome all obstacles.

Hazelight Studios' director Josef Fares was there to accept the award. To much disappointment, his acceptance speech wasn't as epic as the one that he gave at the 2017 Game Awards where he effectively told off the Oscars.

A complete list of all the award winners at The Game Awards 2021

Game of the Year

  • It Takes Two by Hazelight Studios

Best Game Direction

Best Ongoing

Best Indie

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits by Ember Lab

Best Debut Indie

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits by Ember Lab

Best Narrative

Best Art Direction

  • Deathloop by Arkane Studios

Best Score and Music

  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 - Keiichi Okabe, Composer

Best Audio Design

  • Forza Horizon 5 by Playground Games

Best Performance

  • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village

Games for Impact

  • Life is Strange: True Colors  by Deck Nine

Best Community Support

Best Mobile Game

  • Genshin Impact by MiHoYo

Best VR/AR

Best Action

  • Returnal by Housemarque

Best Action/Adventure

  • Metroid Dread by Mercury Steam

Best Role Playing

Best Fighting

  • Guilty Gear -Strive- by Arc System Works

Best Family

  • It Takes Two by Hazelight Studios

Best Sports/Racing

  • Forza Horizon 5 by Playground Games

Best Sim/Strategy

Best Multiplayer

  • It Takes Two by Hazelight Studios

Most Anticipated Game

Innovation in Accessibility, Presented by Chevrolet

  • Forza Horizon 5 by Playground Games

Content Creator of the Year

  • Dream

Best Esports Game

  • League of Legends by Riot Games

Best Esports Athlete

  • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev

Best Esports Team

  • Natus Vincere (CS:GO)

Best Esports Coach

  • Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun

Best Esports Event

  • 2021 League of Legends World Championship
Ray Ampoloquio
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