PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is up for a Game of the Year award from The Game Awards, but Brendan Greene, the eponymous PlayerUnknown, apparently wants no part of the award. This is in spite of the game being ludicrously popular, with millions of players logging on and playing the game every day.
There has been a bit of controversy about the game even being nominated for the award, as PUBG is still in Early Access, though it has a projected official release date of December 12 for the Xbox One (with no inkling of when the game will come to the Playstation 4.) All of its other competitors are finished games, and even Greene himself doesn’t think the game should win.
In addition to the game still being in Early Access, with a lot of kinks to iron out before it can really be called “fully released”, Greene thinks that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds shouldn’t win the Game of the Year award because he feels that many of the other nominees are better.
While PUBG has attracted a huge crowd of players and has a lot of depth to it, the other nominees (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, and Horizon: Zero Dawn) are much more fleshed out, actually having stories, beautiful environments, great gameplay, and more, which fits the description of the game of the year that it delivers the best experience across all creative and technical fields.
While winning the Game of the Year award would be a great boost to the already considerable reputation of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Greene isn’t the only person that doesn’t think the game should win. Bluehole CEO C.H. Kim has said that they’re not interested in awards, just putting out the best possible game for their fans.
What the final result ends up being will have to wait until next month on December 7, when The Game Awards will be shown and 102 nominees across 29 different categories will battle for supremacy.