Elden Ring takes Game of the Year, besting God of War and others at the Game Awards

Great games take time.

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A lot happened at The Game Awards, such as Stray and God of War Ragnarok taking multiple home awards. While fans fought between Sonic Frontiers and Genshin Impact to win the Players’ Choice award, everyone was wondering who would take home the Game of the Year Award. The six games nominated, which included God of War Ragnarok, were all deserving of the award. However, FromSoftware’s title took home the award.

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Elden Ring began development back in 2017, and famed author George R.R. Martin fleshed out the game’s backstory. However, the game suffered from multiple delays, making players wonder when the game would finally release. After five years in development, Elden Ring was released back in February 2022 to critical acclaim, which is no surprise given the studio’s track record.

While Elden Ring proved to be difficult, the open-world aspect was praised and the story was a stand-out. The game managed to get a couple of awards during The Game Awards, like Best Game Direction and Best Art Direction. Because God of War Ragnarok swept most of the awards it was nominated for, many viewers speculated that it was going to also get Game of the Year. However, Elden Ring managed to win despite everything.

Director Hidetaka Miyazaki thanked players and his team for his award, and despite many difficulties faced during development, the studio was able to put out an acclaimed product that many fans around the world enjoyed. The win fuels Miyazaki to create even more games like Elden Ring, which could indicate possible DLC, similar to the Colosseum update that was put into the game earlier this week. While the victory was a bit soured by the kid who shouted out Bill Clinton at the end of Miyazaki’s speech, many would agree that Elden Ring definitely deserved the top prize.