In an effort to support his awards ceremony, moderator Geoff Keighley has announced a bold new category for the 2022 Game Awards: The Game of the Week.
“This prestigious award recognizes outstanding titles that have pushed the boundaries of game design and captured the collective attention and imagination of players for up to seven days,” explains Keighley.
The first nomination was made by Horizon Forbidden West from the Guerilla Games. The well-received sequel to Aloys’ adventure in 2017 took the game world by storm until it suddenly happened, thanks to Elden Ring – a game critically praised as the best game in history forever – it stole thunder and a week later.
Although this is a seemingly logical nomination and the fact that the awards are months away, this has not stopped journalists and influencers from considering whether Horizon deserves recognition and speculating on other titles that might stand up to it.
“I think it’s worth it,” says critic Josh Pardue. “I really enjoyed wandering the amazing landscape of the Forbidden West on top of my robotic horse until the Elden Ring came out.” Now I’m just thinking about the magnificent Opus From Software. I still like Horizon, but now I’m not wondering why my robotic horse can’t jump twice either. Shouldn’t it have rocket hooves or something? ”
“Um, no one will save the world?” tweeted streamer Twitch ChristiePlayz. “This game is horrible and didn’t get into the spotlight for an hour before the Xbox completely buried it for the multibillion-dollar purchase of the troubled publisher. No one should win this prize. ”
Meanwhile, the main brain of Software Hidetaka Miyazaki secretly congratulated Guerilla Games on Twitter by tweeting a winking emoticon with a photo of him posing with a gift-wrapped suspicious GOTY item.
Game of the Week is not the only premature nomination Guerilla can boast. The company as a whole is also the first studio to be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for helping to launch the two greatest games of all time: Elden Ring and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.